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Food Science and Technology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #201 (ARWU) Corvallis, OR, United States
The Department of Food Science and Technology at Oregon State University offers graduate programs leading toward the Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. A variety of research specializations are available covering the chemical, physical, microbiological, and sensory properties of foods.

Overview

Food Science and Technology research at Oregon State University deals with basic and applied aspects of contemporary food technologies. Areas of emphasis include the measurement and modeling of thermo-physical properties of foods and the modeling of heat and mass transfer phenomena. Other studies deal with the use of high pressure as a means of food preservation and the use of edible food coatings to enhance the nutritional quality of fresh fruits and vegetables. Wine-related studies emphasize the effects of processing and vineyard practices on quality. Research in brewing focuses on the effects of processing on beer quality and stability. Dairy processing research concerns milk quality, cheese technology and cheese economics. Investigations on seafood processing and by-product utilization are being conducted on campus, and at the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station Seafood Laboratory in Astoria, Oregon. Packaging and sensory evaluation of value-added food products occurs at the Food Innovation Center in Portland, Oregon.

Studies in food microbiology focus on food safety and the application of beneficial microorganisms in food production. Included in this topic area are studies dealing with the effect of processing conditions on microbial viability and the characterization of yeast strains involved in fermented products.

Sensory science projects focus on an understanding of the fundamental nature of sensory phenomena and characterization of the sensory attributes of selected products.

Food chemistry research concerns the occurrence, role, formation, stability and analysis of various food constituents. Studies involving flavor chemistry and sensory evaluation aim to identify the flavor-active compounds of a wide variety of foods and beverages. Other studies focus on understanding the functional properties of cereal grains and development of environmentally-sustainable chemical and biological processes for converting food wastes and related renewable waste streams into useful byproducts.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Brewing
  • Flavor Chemistry
  • Food Chemistry/Biochemistry
  • Food Microbiology/Biotechnology
  • Food and Seafood Processing
  • Sensory Evaluation

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores and has provided a recommended score range.

    Recommended Verbal Reasoning score:

    150

    Recommended Quantitative Reasoning score:

    150

    The recommended range represents scores typically accepted at this institution. Scores outside the range may still be considered.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • A four-year baccalaureate degree
  • Academic Records/Transcripts 
  • Test Scores
  • Letters of Reference
  • Resident Alien/Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)
  • Financial Documentation (INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS ONLY)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5550 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    11100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5550 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    5748 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2874 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Corvallis

  • 1397 - 2490 USD/month
    Living Costs

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