Food Science Admission Requirements

Applicants for graduate studies must meet entry requirements of the Graduate School and the Department of Food Science. 

 Food Science M.S. requirements

  • B.S. from accredited institution with GPA >3.00*
  • GRE scores (verbal + quantitative) >1,000*
    • minimum: >400 for verbal, >500 for quantitative and 4.0 for writing
  • New GRE test scores*
    • minimum: >146 for verbal, >144 for quantitative and 4.0 for writing
  • Suitable preparation in food science or related areas
  • International Students TOEFL score
    • minimum: >92 internet-based/580 paper and >4.5 on TWE

 Food Science Ph.D. requirements

  • M.S. research thesis degree or B.S. degree in Food Science or related sciences from an accredited institution (accepted into the interdepartmental doctoral FDSC program)
  • GPA requirements
    • M.S. research thesis degree >3.5
    • B.S. degree >3.65 and have had research experience with publishable research results
  • GRE scores (verbal + quantitative) >1,100
    • minimum: >500 for verbal, >600 for quantitative and 4.0 for writing
  • New GRE test scores
    • minimum: >153 for verbal, >148 for quantitative and 4.0 for writing
  • Suitable preparation for the Food Science graduate program
  • International Students TOEFL score
    • minimum: >92 internet-based/580 paper and >4.5 on TWE

*Applicants with lower than the required GPA or GRE score may be admitted conditionally into the M.S. degree program. Conditionally accepted students must achieve a GPA of at least 3.0 for the first 12 hours of graduate coursework to achieve regular student status.

We accept GRE scores from either test, up to five years from the test date.

Application Process

How to Apply

Complete the online application for graduate studies (M.S. or Ph.D.) and follow instructions to upload all required documents (transcripts, TOEFL, GRE, statement of purpose*, Graduate Assistantship application) to your Applicant Center in UA Connect. Three (3) letters of recommendation are required as part of the application materials. Applicants will receive an email request from the Graduate School to provide the name and contact information for each reference. The Graduate School will contact the references with instructions for submitting letters of recommendation. 

* The statement of purpose is a letter that describes who you are, your professional career goals, the reasons why you want to pursue a Food Science graduate degree and the area(s) of Food Science you wish to study

Department of Food Science Application Deadlines

Semester        Application Deadline 
Summer/Fall        March 1st
Spring October 1st

Applications received after the deadline will be considered for admission based on departmental requirements and the availability of positions and funding.

Please submit your application to the Graduate School at least one month prior to the Food Science deadlines to allow time for processing.

The Review Process

The Graduate School will review applications to determine qualifications based on the Graduate School requirements. Applications are then forwarded to the Department of Food Science for review by the Graduate Program Coordinator and faculty to determine acceptance based on departmental requirements and to determine the appropriate faculty advisor.