The University of Massachusetts Amherst

MS/Ph.D. Requirements

M.S. Requirements

Standard Thesis Option

The standard thesis option requires 30 graduate credits, including a  maximum of 10 credits of thesis and a minimum of 20 course credits.  Click here for more details on this program.

Special 1-Year Professional M.S. Degree Option

Applicants for the M.S. degree with a non food science B.S. degree may qualify for the 1-Year non-thesis degree option. Please note that students in this program do not qualify for graduate teaching and research assistantships. Enrollment is limited to applicants with a B.S. degree from a U.S. college/university and having the necessary prerequisites (below). Applicants interested in a career in laboratory research or who wish to continue their graduate studies should consider the standard thesis option.Click here for more details on this program.


Prerequisites for the above options: GPA of 3.0 or above; separate courses in: general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, general microbiology with lab and statistics.  

Ph.D. Requirements

Ph.D. candidates must complete a minimum requirement of 21 graduate credits with seminar. Details on the program requirements can be found here.

Food Science Graduate Handbook


Updated January 19, 2021