Food Science and Technology Ph.D. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Food Science and Technology

Program Description

Candidates for the Ph.D. degree select one major in the field and two minors outside the field. There are no general course credit requirements for the Ph.D. degree. Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. 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 original, publishable research in the field.
  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of theory and research across several sub-disciplines in the field.
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of 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.
  • For those entering teaching: grade and comment effectively on undergraduate student work, lead discussion and recitation effectively for undergraduates, demonstrate familiarity with the literature on learning and pedagogy, write a thoughtful teaching philosophy, and plan an effective undergraduate course in the field.