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M.S. in Food Science

Kansas State University's interdepartmental food science graduate program offers a master's degree with a report or thesis option that can be completed on campus in Manhattan or via online educationStudents located in the Kansas City region are able to take electives in-person on the Olathe campus when available. 

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Food Science program at K-State Olathe provides cutting-edge training in developing, processing, manufacturing, and marketing safe, wholesome, and attractive food products. The curriculum focuses on the microbiology of food, principles of HACCP, quality assurance of food products, food analysis, and advanced food chemistry. 

Moreover, The Institute of Food Technologists recognizes Kansas State University as having "the most comprehensive" food science program in the United States.

Learn more about the graduate degree.


Multiple curriculum options provide students the opportunity to advance knowledge and experience to meet their professional goals in a variety of positions.

Course topics

• Food microbiology

• Principles of HACCP and HARPC

• Quality assurance of food products

• Food analysis

• Sensory analysis

• Advanced food chemistry

• Food science graduate seminar

• Scientific writing/communication

• Regression and analysis of variance

• Research and development of food products

Career Pathways

With a master's degree in food science, your knowledge and experience will be in high demand in this rapidly changing field.The majority of students enrolled in the program are seeking advanced training to become top level scientists and senior level administrators.

Graduates and current students are employed in:

Food quality assuranceProduct development and evaluation
Food chemistry and microbiologyManaging/Supervising food manufacturing facilities
Food safety and defenseConsumer relations
Processing technology and engineeringBusiness management and sales


What is the job market like for food scientists?

Individuals with the knowledge and experience to work in rapidly changing food science fields are in high demand. Food science graduates are in demand — often there are not enough qualified applicants to fill open positions! 


How flexible is the food science program at K-State Olathe and can I work full-time?

Students will be able to take a mix of online and on-ground courses while working full-time. 


How long does it take to complete the food science program?

A minimum of 30 semester hours of credit is required for completion of the thesis or report track option. Students can customize their degree and take up to 14 elective hours in their interest areas. Most students complete their degree in around 2 years.


Is a graduate admission test or GRE required?

Yes, GRE scores are required as supporting evidence of quali cation.

Admissions Requirements

See a list of the admissions requirements for this graduate degree program. 

More Information

To learn more about the admission requirements and application deadlines, J. Scott Smith, chair of the food science graduate program, at jsschem@k-state.edu.


Admissions Guide

See a two-page pdf of the admissions requirements to this program.
M.S. in Food Science