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M.Sc. On Campus Blended

Biological Sciences - Food Science

South Dakota State University

24 months
654 USD/credit 9810 USD/year
654 USD/credit 9810 USD/year
340 USD/credit 5100 USD/year
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Safe, high quality, and functional foods are vital components of nutritious diets around the world.  The Biological Sciences - Food Science program at South Dakota State University offers excellent opportunities for graduate level coursework and research leading to academic or industry careers in Food Science.  

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Graduate students receive advanced preparation related to food processing, product development, and food safety.  Food Science is a multi-disciplinary program that is administered by the Department of Dairy and Food Science; but may also include such diverse areas as animal science, food grain processing, and agricultural & biosystems engineering.

This Biological Sciences - Food Science program at South Dakota State University  will be a good fit if you:

  • Hold an undergraduate degree in food science, microbiology, or chemistry
  • Are a problem solver and analytical thinker
  • Want to lead research in the lab
  • Are interested in developing new food innovations
  • Are imaginative and creative

Career Opportunities

  • Product developer
  • Research scientist
  • Food plant operations manager
  • Food safety specialist
  • Food Quality Control/Assurance Director
  • Inspector/Third-party quality and safety auditor

Programme Structure

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Exhibit knowledge concerning food science at a level appropriate to a M.S. degree holder.
  • Demonstrate adequate presentation and communication skills, including thesis and journal article writing, poster and oral presentation skills.
  • Demonstrate information literacy for science-based inquiry and critical review of existing knowledge sources.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of scientific methods and application of analytical techniques for solving research problems.
  • Develop a deep understanding of experimental design, statistical analysis and use of inferential statistics to make valid judgements based on scientific data.
  • Specialize research focus in some area of food processing, food product development, food microbiology or food safety, but still be broadly based in knowledge in food science.
  • Be able to conduct and publish scholarly research. (Option A)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • International students are encouraged to apply several weeks prior to posted deadlines or the start of the semester to ensure all required documents are received.


30 alternative credits



On Campus, Blended

Academic requirements

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General requirements

  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 to receive unconditional admission. 
  • A professional academic transcript evaluation for degrees earned outside the United States(This requirement cannot be waived unless your highest degree was earned or will be earned in the U.S. prior to enrollment at SDSU).
    • If you are completing your bachelor's degree at the time of application, you may submit an incomplete evaluation. If you are accepted, a complete transcript and/or evaluation with completed degree will be required by the end of your first semester of coursework.
  • Official U.S. transcripts where a degree is earned (or will be earned), and official U.S. transcripts where graduate level coursework has been taken.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    9810 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 654 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    9810 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 654 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    5100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 340 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Brookings

1085 - 1888 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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