12 months
21114 USD/year
18798 USD/year
12462 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The MS Food Science program from California Polytechnic State University integrates the disciplines of chemistry, microbiology, product development and processing/engineering, to prepare qualified graduates for food-related careers in industry, government, and academia.


The Food Science and Nutrition Department has a team of motivated, supportive and experienced food science faculty to prepare you to be successful in your professional career. Most of our faculty members have an interest in applied research and the research performed in our department is often done in collaboration with the food industry.

To complete the MS in Food Science from California Polytechnic State University, students must list in their Formal Study Plan 45 units of committee-approved coursework (including degree-required and elective coursework).

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the MS food science program will:

  • Apply fundamental principles of food science in research and required coursework
  • Formulate, design, conduct, and interpret food science research
  • Integrate theoretical food science principles and statistical design and analysis principles with practical applications to address real-world issues
  • Assess the implications of sustainability in food science
  • Effectively communicate discipline-specific information in written and          oral forms to scientific and non-scientific audiences
  • Exhibit leadership and ethical reasoning

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Applied Experimental Design and Regression Models
  • Research Planning
  • Chemistry of Food Systems
  • Advanced Food Safety
  • Food Science Seminar - Sustainability

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


45 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Statement of purpose
  • Transcript(s) from the institution granting bachelor’s degree
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of academic and/or professional recommendation.
  • Results from Graduate Record Examination (GRE standard test); quantitative, verbal and writing scores should be at the 50th percentile or higher for consideration.
  •  Language proficiency requirement. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21114 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21114 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    18798 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18798 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    12462 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12462 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for San Luis Obispo

1100 - 1800 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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