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Master of Science in Food and Hospitality Systems

Admission criteria

Fall deadline: April 30
Spring deadline: October 31
Summer deadline: January 31

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 in last 60 hours of baccalaurate work
  • BS in food science from an accredited university
  • Only complete applications will be reviewed, no conditional acceptance is given

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet -based 80 17 17 17 17
TOEFL Paper-based 550 52 52 N/A 52
IELTS Academic 6.5 6 6 6 6

Minimum GRE Scores

Test Type Verbal + Quantitative** Analytical
GRE* 297 3.0

*Note: The exam must have been taken no longer than 5 years prior.
**Note: Neither the verbal nor quantitative section can be below 143.

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.  
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Food and Hospitality Systems Program

Please upload the following application materials into the Graduate Studies online application:

  • Unofficial transcripts: all applicants selected for admission will be required to submit official transcripts.
  • Personal statement: elaborating the reason for applicant’s interest in Food Science
  • Resume
  • 3 letters of recommendation filled out through the Graduate Studies application: all 3 letters of recommendation must be from academic sources (professor of a course, faculty advisor, faculty graduate committee member) and must address the applicant’s academic abilities and potential as a graduate student.
  • GRE scores (no longer than five years prior)
  • TOEFL or IELTS score (International applicants only)

Admission contact information

Jennifer Garrett
246 William Stringer Wing
Columbia, MO 65211-5160