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Food Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #56 (QS) , WI,
The graduate program in the Department of Food Science at the University of Wisconsin Madison ranks among the best of its kind in the United States. Strong faculty research groups exist in food chemistry, food engineering, food microbiology, and food safety.

About

The master's  track in these areas combine an array of in-depth courses with the use of advanced research methods for studying food properties: chemical, physical, physiological, and bioactive characteristics; material properties; microbial control and safety; sensory quality; procedures for the processing, storage, and preservation of foods. This master degree in Food Science is offered by the University of Wisconsin Madison.

Research areas in which the department has special expertise include: chemical attributes of proteins, enzymes, lipids, flavors, bioactive components, and pigments; processes for crystallizing, separating, freezing, and drying; food safety (detection, control, and mechanistic action of pathogenic microorganisms, and undesirable chemicals in food); process optimization and validation of critical processing limits. Commodity foci include: dairy products, confectionery products, fruits and vegetables, muscle foods, and fermented products. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Understands, articulates, critiques and elaborates core paradigms in Food Science.
  • Recognizes that life-long learning is critical for continued personal and professional development.
  • Complies with principles of ethical and professional conduct.
  • Sources and assembles evidence to address questions or identify gaps in knowledge in the field of food science.
  • Evaluates and synthesizes information to address technical challenges.
  • Selects research methods and practices appropriate to discovery activities.
  • Creates knowledge that contributes to the field of food science.
  • Clearly and effectively communicates technical information in oral and written formats.
  • Works effectively within a team.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Food Chemistry
  • Principles of Food Preservation
  • Food Microbiology
  • Statistical Methods for Bioscience
  • Seminar Advanced 

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:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    92

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  • Minimum required score:

    580

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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:

    148

    Recommended Quantitative Reasoning score:

    148

    Recommended Analytical Writing score:

    3.5

    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

  • applicant's online application
  • academic record (scanned PDF academic transcripts)
  • official test scores (sent directly from the testing agency (code: 1846)) of Graduate Record Exams (GRE) and English proficiency test (non-native English speaking applicants only)
  • recommendation letters (three)
  • personal statement (reasons for graduate study) up to two pages double-spaced
  • CV or resume
  • applicant's particular research interest(s) as indicated in supplemental application
  • available funding/space in their research lab

Tuition Fee

  • International

    25336 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25336 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    25336 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25336 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    12009 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12009 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Madison

  • 1015 - 1760 USD/month
    Living Costs

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