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Food Science and Technology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #201 (ARWU) Lincoln, NE, United States
The Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is dedicated to providing high-quality education and training to graduate students preparing for careers in food science and technology in the food industry, academia, or government. 


We offer interdisciplinary programs leading to both masters and doctoral degrees. This master degree in Food Science and Technology is available at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

As a student of our graduate program, you will be taking courses and/ or conducting research under faculty members located on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Nebraska Innovation Campus. We work closely with The Food Processing Center, Food Allergy Research and Resource Program, Nebraska Food for Health Center, and the UNL Dairy Store as well as industry and government leaders and start-up entrepreneurs. Take a virtual tour of the Food Innovation Complex.

Career Outlook

  • Industry positions at major food companies, such as  General Mills, Nestle, Kraft, ConAgra, Cargill and Unilever
  • Research positions at the government and major research centers, such as USDA, FDA and CDC
  • Academic positions at major research universities, such as postdoctoral and faculty appointments, and professors at smaller liberal arts colleges

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Analytical Methodology Development
  • Cereal Grain Processing and Functionality
  • Food Allergens and Immunology
  • Food Components Structure and Function
  • Food Safety and Toxicology
  • Intestinal Microbiology and Health
  • Microbial Genomics and Ecology
  • Modeling and Engineering
  • New Generation Processing Technologies
  • Nutraceuticals and Metabolomics
  • Probiotics and Prebiotics
  • Proteomics
  • Bioinformatics

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

  • Transcripts and/or mark sheets showing the grades earned in each course
  • A diploma or certificate of graduation. (Not required if the transcript includes the name of the degree and the date it was conferred.)
  • The Diploma Supplement, if the degree is Bologna-compliant

Tuition Fee

  • International

    960 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 960 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    960 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 960 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    332 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 332 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Lincoln

  • 926 - 1380 USD/month
    Living Costs

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