Programs and Requirements
MS in Food Science
PhD in Food Science
MS of Science in Agriculture
Fall semester: January 10
Spring semester: July 1
- Materials must be complete by these dates for admission and/or assistantship considerations.
- Graduate applications are very competitive. It is beneficial to submit all materials before the deadlines.
Who should apply?
Students with undergraduate majors in the food sciences, including chemistry, microbiology, nutrition, biology and biochemistry, may be well prepared for graduate work in Food Science. If your undergraduate degree is not directly related to food science, you may be eligible by strengthen your preparation through enrollment in additional courses before applying, or while pursuing your graduate degree. Undergraduate students who are pursuing studies not related to food science and who contemplate graduate work in food science should take as many courses in the basic physical and biological sciences as possible. Your graduate studies may be tailored for your individual background and needs.
For a complete application, the following materials are required. All materials should be received by the deadlines outlined below for priority consideration – including TOEFL and GRE. Applications are most competitive when these priority deadlines are met.
- An online completed Application for Admission to the Graduate School, on which the student should indicate food science as the major.
- A $75.00 non-refundable application fee.
- One complete set of official transcripts of all previously earned credits to be sent directly to the Graduate School (copies of official transcripts are acceptable for the application review process and may be uploaded with your application). See WSU Graduate School for more details.
- Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers. Once you submit your application, your references will be contacted automatically through the online application system and asked to submit an electronic recommendation form.
- A Statement of Purpose, which also describes what area of research you are interested in or the Faculty member you want to work with.
- International applicants must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores to meet minimum English proficiency requirements of the WSU Graduate School, sent directly from the testing agency to University 4705. Scores must be less than two years old at the time of admission. Some exceptions are noted at the link.
- The GRE is not required, but recommended/prioritized for students seeking assistantship funding. Take the General Test, submit it to University code 4705.
- If you are a resident of one of the States/territories listed on the WICHE website, then make this known in your Statement of Purpose, so you qualify to pay for reduced tuition. Also, identify yourself as WICHE WRPG on the Graduate School Application.
The basis of the above data, the Graduate School and the department evaluate the prospective student’s qualifications. Recommendations for admission are made provided that:
- The student meets the Graduate School’s criteria (see Graduate School Admission):
- The student meets departmental criteria;
- A member of the departmental faculty agrees to serve as that student’s major advisor, and
- There is a committed source of funding to support the student (an assistantship or a commitment that the student will be self-supporting).
Departmental criteria includes a G.P.A. of 3.0 or better, as stipulated by the Graduate School, supportive letters of recommendation, and a clear “statement of purpose” by the prospective student explaining explaining their research interest/s at the WSU School of Food Science (SFS). Within SFS, the decision for admission and recommendation to the Graduate School is made by the Graduate Admissions Committee, and approved by the School’s Director. Although SFS sends an unofficial notice of acceptance, formal notice of acceptance into the graduate program will come from the Graduate School.
Students can use post baccalaureate graded credits with a B grade or above to count towards your degree. The maximum number of transfer course credits is limited to half the total graded credits with the approval of your major advisor and graduate committee.
Graduate Student Financial Information
- Departmental State Assistantship – A research or teaching assistantship (RA/TA) is a 9-month assignment in a class or on a specific research project, requires 20 hours of work per week, includes a tuition waiver, monthly stipend, and a health benefit. When applying for a RA/TA, we must receive your graduate school application and all required materials by January 10 for Fall semester and July 1 for Spring semester. If applying for an assistantship, mark the appropriate box on the Graduate School on-line application and indicate your area of interest and/or faculty member you are interested in working with. The RA/TA’s are usually only offered for the academic year beginning with fall semester, however, we occasionally offer awards for spring semester. International students – As a policy, we usually do not award these assistantships to students for whom English is a second language during their first year of study in the United States.
- Departmental Grant Assistantship – The same deadlines apply as listed above. Grant assistantships, if available, are under the discretion of each faculty member and you work 20 hours a week on research with your faculty advisor. The assistantship is for 9 months and includes a tuition waiver, a monthly stipend, and a health benefit. To apply, mark the appropriate box on the Graduate School on-line application. Once you receive notification that your file has met the admission criteria, you can contact appropriate faculty to inquire about open grant positions they might be offering. Review the faculty research interests and get their contact information.