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Cereal Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months


The Cereal Science graduate program offers graduate study leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Cereal Science. Advanced work may involve research in the areas of proteins, carbohydrates, enzymes, and lipids of cereals, legumes, and other northern-grown crops; barley malting and brewing; and wheat milling, baking, and pasta processing. Functional foods and stability of bioactive compounds in food systems are also predominant areas of research.

The program has a close working relationship with the Northern Crops Institute and the USDA Hard Red Spring and Durum Wheat Quality Laboratory housed in the Harris Hall complex.

Faculty in the Cereal Science graduate program maintains specialized equipment that evaluates cereal and food quality, including laboratory equipment such as spectrophotometers, gas chromatographs, LC-MS, GC-MS, high-performance liquid chromatographs, various electrophoretic devices, a differential scanning calorimeter, and Rapid ViscoAnalyzer.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Cereal Technology
  • Graduate Seminar
  • Professional Development
  • Master's Thesis
  • Field Design
  • Introduction to Experimental Design
  • Applied Statistics
  • Food Unit Operations
  • Food Processing
  • Food Processing Laboratory

                            Detailed Programme Facts

                            • Programme intensity Full-time
                              • Full-time duration 12 months
                            • Languages
                              • English
                            • Delivery mode
                              On Campus

                            English Language Requirements

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                            • Minimum required score:


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                            Academic Requirements

                            General Requirements

                            • The Cereal Science graduate program is open to all qualified graduates of universities and colleges of recognized standing. To be admitted with full standing status to the program, the applicant must meet the Graduate School requirements and have adequate preparation in biochemistry/chemistry and the biological sciences, including microbiology.
                            • Applicants must apply to the Graduate School and be accepted in full or conditional status before being eligible for an assistantship in the Cereal Science graduate program. All graduate students must qualify and be awarded a Graduate Research Assistantship. 

                            Tuition Fee

                            • International

                              631 USD/credit
                              Tuition Fee
                              Based on the original amount of 631 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
                            • National

                              541 USD/credit
                              Tuition Fee
                              Based on the original amount of 541 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
                            • In-State

                              361 USD/credit
                              Tuition Fee
                              Based on the original amount of 361 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
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                            Living costs for Fargo

                            • 870 - 1260 USD/month
                              Living Costs

                            The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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