Food Science
Application Deadlines
Fall:January 15
Winter:June 30
Spring:January 15
Summer:January 15
Contact Information: 
S-141 ESC
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 652, 654, 656, 691R, 699R; Stat 511.
  • Minor (optional): selected with approval of faculty advisor.
  • Examinations: defense of thesis.
  • Thesis: standard university format or journal publication format.
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 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 11
International 1
Female 6
LDS 10
Non-White 3
BYU Undergraduate 8
Three Year Average Test Scores of Admitted Student
GRE Composite Score 311.2
GRE Quantitative Score 155.2
GRE Quantitative Percentile 60.1
GRE Verbal Score 156.0
GRE Verbal Percentile 67.7
GRE Analytical Score 3.9
GRE Analytical Percentile 51.9
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree 2.3
Graduated Per Year 3.2
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year 7.2
Admitted Per Year 4.2
Percent Admitted 58.33
Average GPA 3.52