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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



Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall, Dec. 1; Spring, September 1

Requirements Summary:


  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam or IELTS Academic Exam for non-native English applicants
  • 2-3 recommendations
  • GRE general test
  • A current resume

Learning Outcomes

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 PhD degree program, Graduate Field of Food Science and Technology