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Points of Pride

  • Ranked the top PhD research program in the U.S. by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Rated number seven worldwide in high-impact citations in agricultural sciences scholarly journals.
  • Three faculty members rated as the most highly cited Agricultural Scientists in the world.
  • Home to the Fergus Clydesdale Foods for Health and Wellness Center, which is supported by donations from the federal government, food industry, and alumni.
  • One of the top departments contributing to the UMass Amherst Development effort.
  • One of the top scientifically equipped Food Science departments in the world.
  • Oldest Food Science program in the U.S.


  • Rated the top department in the UMass Student Satisfaction Survey since 2007.
  • Undergraduate concentrations include Food Science and Technology; Food, Health, and Wellness; and Food Safety and Culinary Science.
  • Graduate programs include 5-year BS/MS, 1-year non-thesis MS, research thesis MS, and PhD degrees.
  • Numerous faculty members have received research, teaching, and advising awards.
  • 30+ percent of our students receive departmental scholarships.
  • 60+ percent of our students participate in industry internships.

Leadership & Outreach

  • Industry partnership, Strategic Research Alliance, has 20+ industrial members.
  • The Food Science Policy Alliance addresses current and future issues of food policy and regulation for both domestic and international markets.
  • Numerous faculty members have been appointed to leadership roles with the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine, and the State Department.