M.Sc. On Campus

Food Science

Washington State University

12 months
27113 USD/year
13533 USD/year
6308 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Food Science at Washington State University is a multidisciplinary science that applies biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, nutrition, and other sciences to improve the safety and quality of food products; develop new food products; and design new, safer, and more energy-efficient food preservation methods. 

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The curriculum emphasizes courses in food processing, food chemistry, food microbiology, sensory evaluation, and other specialized areas.  Some of the coursework is in cooperation with nearby University of Idaho.  Examples include the processing and manufacturing of cereal, dairy, fruit, and vegetable products; including cheeses, wines, and potatoes. Departmental faculty and adjunct/affiliate faculty may all serve as student advisors. Faculty are housed at the WSU Pullman and Tri-Cities campuses, and the research station in Prosser, WA. Each student’s program of study is individualized based on their research interests, prior academic experience, and collaboration with their major advisor.

Career Opportunities:

Food Science  graduates at Washington State University  begin careers in food research and development, food quality assurance, food safety microbiology, production management, regulatory affairs, or research in the food/allied industries or federal/state regulatory agencies.

Programme Structure

All graduates will be able to:

  • Graduate students learn to conduct innovative and high quality research to solve emerging problems in food science by:
    • Demonstrating a fundamental understanding of food science knowledge and principles.
    • Applying scientific knowledge to assess and solve food science problems.
    • Exhibiting communication skills to convey technical information and defend scientific findings.
    • Designing and conducting research experiments and analyzing research findings.
  • Graduate students gain professional and leadership skills for professional positions in food and allied industries, government, or academia by:
    • Presenting research to local, regional, and national audiences through publications and presentations.
    • Participating in professional organizations and related activities.
    • Obtaining successful placement in relevant industry, government, or academia positions.
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    • Full-time
      • 12 months

    Start dates & application deadlines

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    Priority deadline:

    • Fall January 10
    • Spring July 1


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    Other requirements

    General requirements

    • Prospective international students must have the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an approved institution. Usually, this is a minimum of four years of study beyond grade 12.
    • A grade point average equivalent to a U.S. grade of "B" (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better is required. 

    Tuition Fee

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    • International

      27113 USD/year
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      Based on the tuition of 27113 USD per year during 12 months.
    • National

      13533 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 13533 USD per year during 12 months.
    • In-State

      6308 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 6308 USD per year during 12 months.

    Living costs for Pullman

    904 - 1507 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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