Food Science - MS

Food Science Fundamentals and Area Specialization

Effectively communicate the current state of the discipline in their specific research topic as well as a sound understanding of the general principles of food science.

Effective Literature Review and Analysis

Access information about food science through the internet, scientific journals and other sources, and evaluate the quality of reported research, drawing conclusions that are scientifically sound.

Research Design and Reporting

Plan, conduct and report original research in food science.

The MS program in food science prepares students to work at an advanced level in the food industry or to pursue a doctoral degree through in-depth study of the chemistry of food component functionality, the microbiology of product manufacture and preservation, and the physical principles involved in processes. Students become proficient at designing and conducting research and development projects and communicating the results in a manner consistent with the best professionalism in the discipline.

Requirements for Degree.

  • Credit hours (30): minimum 24 course work hours plus 6 thesis hours (NDFS 699R).
  • Required courses: NDFS 652, 654, 656, 691R, 699R; Stat 511.
  • Minor (optional): selected with approval of faculty advisor.
  • Examinations: (1) oral examination on course work; and (2) defense of thesis.
  • Thesis: standard university format or journal publication format.
Fall Deadline:
February 1
Winter Deadline:
June 30
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Additional Requirements:
Correct completion of BYU Graduate Studies application, including letters of recommendation
Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or,
Completion of IELTS or TOEFL if non-English speaking
Successful applicants typically have
Completed the BYU Graduate Studies application correctly
GPA scores ≥ 3.2
Combined GRE Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning scores of ≥ 300, and ≥ 400 on the Analytical Writing test. If a standardized test (GMAT, for example) is used in place of the GRE, then the applicant should score at or above the 57th percentile for that test. Test scores older than five years will not be accepted.
If International applicant and native language is not English:
IELTS total band score ≥ 7.0 (with a minimum band score of 6.0 on each module); or
TOEFL score ≥ 237 (computer based), or
TOEFL ≥ 580 (paper based); or
TOEFL iBT of at least 85 (with a minimum score of 22 in the Speaking section and a minimum score of 21 in other sections)
Identified and met with a graduate faculty member with a similar research interest as the applicant’s. (If it is not possible to personally meet with a faculty member, a telephone conversation is recommended).
Other issues taken into consideration include
The number of pre-requisite courses that would need to be taken prior to beginning graduate studies
Relevant work experience
Previous graduate degrees earned
Commitment (full-time vs. part-time) to graduate education
Required Tests: GRE
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Contact Information

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Fax: (801) 422-0258
Address: S-229 ESC


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Since change is a part of university life, curriculum and program changes will likely occur during the time the current Graduate Catalog is in circulation.

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