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Food Science

Application Deadline

  • Fall: Jan 15
  • Winter: Jun 30
  • Spring: Jan 15
  • Summer: Jan 15
  • Contact Information

    S-141 ESC
    Admission Requirements
    Required Tests
    GRE preferred; MCAT, GMAT, DAT, LSAT

    Additional Requirements
    • Correct completion of BYU Graduate Studies application, including letters of recommendation
    • Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    • Completion of IELTS or TOEFL if non-English speaking
    Program Requirements
    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 652654656691R699R; Stat 511.
    • Minor (optional): selected with approval of faculty advisor.
    • Thesis: standard university format or journal publication format.
    • Examinations:
      • Defense of thesis
      • 150-question multiple choice exam
    Program Outcomes
    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.

    Program Stats
    Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
    Total Students 14.0
    International 2.0
    Male 7.0
    Female 7.0
    LDS 13.0
    BYU Undergraduate 6.0
    Five Year Average of Graduated Students
    Average Years to Degree 1.89
    Graduated Per Year 18.2
    GMAT Quantitative Percentile 67.5
    Five Year Average of Admitted Students
    Applied Per Year 5.0
    Admitted Per Year 4.2
    Percent Admitted 84.0
    Average GPA 3.61