Jun 13, 2021  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Food Science (Ph.D.)

K-State’s interdepartmental Food Science and Industry  graduate program is part of the Food Science Institute which includes graduate faculty housed in five colleges and eleven departments. The program offers a Ph.D. degree on campus only.

The program provides a variety of research opportunities in the field of food science. Research emphasis includes food chemistry, food microbiology, food safety, sensory analysis, food processing, and food engineering. The program also provides opportunities to work with several food commodities including: cereal; dairy; meats and poultry; fruits and vegetables.

Application Procedures

When should I apply?

Applications should be made at the beginning of the previous semester, and preferably earlier to ensure availability of a major professor. Admission to the program is highly competitive.

  • The international student deadline for Fall semester application submission is December 15. 
  • The international student deadline for Spring semester application submission is June 15. 
  • The domestic student deadline for Fall semester application submission is February 1. 
  • The domestic student deadline for Spring semester application submission is September 15.
  • The online student deadline for Fall semester application submission is April 15.
  • The online student deadline for Spring semester application submission is September 15.

What will I have to submit?

  • A completed online application
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts of all previous college work
  • A short statement of objectives
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test scores are required
  • Students may submit a current transcript and, if admitted, will receive provisional acceptance pending submission of an official transcript showing completion of a bachelor’s degree, or M.S. degree for doctoral applicants.

Are there any special requirements for international students?

International students must also submit the following:

  • TOEFL score of at least 577 (paper), 90 (IBT), 7.0 (IELTS) or evidence of a degree from a U.S. university
  • Complete financial form and evidence of financial support for entire graduate training 
  • Ensure sections 1, 2, and 3 are filled out completely on the affidavit. It must include the official bank seal and signature of the bank official. A certificate of deposit or a bank statement is not acceptable to fulfill this requirement.

Program Requirements

Course requirements for the program of study will be evaluated by the student’s supervisory committee. However, students are expected to select courses that provide adequate coverage in several food areas, with primary emphasis in one or more areas. The chairman of the Food Science Graduate Program must approve members of the student’s supervisory committee and the program of study.

The M.S./Ph.D. program usually includes courses in biochemistry, food chemistry, microbiology, food processing, food engineering, and statistics. For the Ph.D. degree, at least 90 semester hours is required including a dissertation representing at least 30 hours of research credit. Students who hold a master’s degree may request transfer of up to 30 hours of that degree toward a Ph.D. In addition, Ph.D. students must complete 24 hours of credit within a 12-month period (residence requirement). Of these 24 hours, at least 12 hours must be in graduate-level courses, and two credits of food science graduate seminar shall be included. There is no foreign language requirement.