Family and Consumer Sciences (Food Science and Technology) - Master of Science

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences offers a Master of Science degree with a concentration in Food Science and Technology. The degree is earned after satisfactory completion of 30 credit hours of upper division and graduate-level courses. The curriculum is completed in four academic semesters and includes a creative component. Once admitted to the program, each student will work with an advisor to develop an academic plan of study. The major advisor and the student will also select an advisory committee consisting of an additional departmental faculty member and a third member from outside the department.

Prefix Title Credits
Require Core Courses
Statistics 13
Research Methods 23
FCSC 599Master's Thesis (Creative Component) 36
Choose 18 credits from the following (in consultation with advisor):18
Food Safety3
Special Problems1-4
Graduate Study in Food Microbiology3
Graduate Study in Food Chemistry3
Food Processing Technologies4
Sensory Evaluation of Foods3
Graduate Study in Food Analysis3
Food Preservation3
Designing and Brewing Great Beers of the World3
Special Research Programs1-4
Special Topics1-4
Total Credits30

Any statistics course that is approved by major advisor


Any research methods course that is approved by major advisor


The creative component of the program involves completing at least 6 credits ofFCSC 599 Master's Thesis. This requires the student, in consultation with the advisory committee, to conduct a research project and prepare a written manuscript. The student will present results of the project in the graduate seminar and then be examined by the advisory committee.