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Agriculture and Life Sciences M.P.S. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Food Science and Technology

Program Description

M.P.S. degree candidates must meet the CALS credit requirements in addition to field requirements, which include a project presentation prior to graduation. All graduate students must take the field seminar (FDSC 6000) each term and Principles and Applications of Food Science and Technology (FDSC 6010) their first Fall semester.

the M.P.S. (Agriculture and Life Sciences) program has a Peace Corp option in which the student undertakes two semesters of academic work at Cornell and a Peace Corp assignment. For information and instructions on how to apply, visit the M.P.S. (Agriculture and Life Sciences)/Peace Corps Web site, or contact International Programs, 33 Warren Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853; phone 607-255-3037; email


  • Food Science
  • Food Chemistry/Product Development
  • Food Safety
  • Food Engineering
  • Dairy Processing
  • Sensory Evaluation
  • Enology


Contact Information

Phone: 607 255-2539

M10D Stocking Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

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Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall, Feb. 1; Spring, September 1

Requirements Summary:

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • 2-3 recommendations
  • GRE general test
  • A current resume


The Graduate Field of Food Science and Technology at Cornell University has three degree programs (MPS, MS, and PhD) that each has a separate set of goals for student learning and separate set of procedures for gathering information on achievement of these goals. The information gathered through the procedures detailed here will be used to formally evaluate every program every 3 years in the January meeting of the Field of Food Science and Technology. The schedule for evaluation will include a formal evaluation of the MPS program in January 2013, of the MS program in January 2014, and of the PhD program in January 2015. For each evaluation, the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) and the Graduate Field Assistant (GFA) will summarize the information gathered and will present it to the Graduate Field. Based on the discussions at the field meeting and following a simple consensus building approach, the DGS will prepare a short written summary (1 page or less) that details actions that will be taken to improve the degree program that was reviewed. If desired by the Graduate Field, a committee of three field members will be appointed to further improve and refine the evaluation for the given degree program, and to develop approaches to improve the given degree program.

For the assessment plans for the different program, please use the links below

Assessment Plan for the MPS degree program, Graduate Field of Food Science and Technology