Food Science and Technology M.S. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Food Science and Technology

Program Description

Candidates for the M.S. degree select one major in the field and one minor outside the field. There are no general course credit requirements for the M.S. degree. M.S. degree candidates must make at least one research seminar presentation prior to graduation and are required to assist with the teaching program for at least one semester. In addition to the examinations required by the Graduate School, a qualifying examination is required of the M.S. degree candidates before the start of their second semester of residence.

Excellent opportunities for graduate study in both basic and applied research are available. All course work is done on the Ithaca campus, but students may conduct their research at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station at Geneva as well as on the Ithaca campus.

Contact Information

Phone: 607 255-2539

M10D Stocking Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • dairy science
  • enology
  • food chemistry
  • food engineering
  • food microbiology
  • food processing waste technology
  • food science [general]
  • international food science
  • sensory evaluation


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Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall, Dec. 1

(Food Science will not be admitting students for Spring 2024.)

Requirements Summary:

Learning Outcomes

  • Conduct guided original and publishable research.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of theory and research across at least two sub-disciplines in the field.
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of at least one area of expertise.
  • Follow ethical guidelines for work in the field.
  • Write and speak effectively to professional and lay audiences about issues in the field.
  • Demonstrate ability to serve as teaching assistant.