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1-Year Professional M.S. Degree

Looking for a graduate degree that can help you obtain a high paying job in an exciting industry? Take charge of your future with UMass Amherst’s 1‐Year Professional Masters Degree in Food Science.

The 1-Year Professional Masters Degree in Food Science is designed for applicants who have earned a B.S. degree in a field of science other than food science and delivers a curriculum that provides students with the skills and knowledge to succeed in the food industry. Enrollment is highly selective and limited to applicants with a B.S. degree from a U.S. college/university and who have the necessary prerequisites: GPA of 3.0 or above; separate courses in general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, general microbiology and statistics.

Students take formal classes and can undertake independent research projects on topics including food chemistry, nanotechnology, biosensors, food microbiology, food packaging, anti-cancer food components, food processing, and food safety.

The UMass Amherst Department of Food Science is one of the top ranked Food Science departments in the US and offers students:

  • World renowned faculty
  • High quality training
  • Individual attention
  • Indunstrial internships
  • Assistance with job placement


Please note that students in this program do not qualify for graduate teaching and research assistantships, and admission is competitive.  Applicants interested in a career in laboratory research or who plan to continue their graduate education should consider the standard thesis option.