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Candidates are prepared for careers in research or advanced professional careers in the food industry, teaching positions in community and junior colleges, 4-year colleges and in supporting roles in academics or industry. Graduates also may play leadership roles in extension or other adult education programs, food production and quality assurance, or government agencies. Selected careers include research and development for private industry or the federal government, food plant supervision, technical operation, product development, nutrition, distribution, food service and food regulatory work.

Degrees Offered

Master of Science in Food and Hospitality Systems

On Campus

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 TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet -based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Minimum GRE Scores

Test TypeVerbal + Quantitative**Analytical
GRE*2973.0

*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)

Doctorate in Food and Hospitality Systems

On Campus

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 and an MS in food science from an accredited University or equivalent experience. In rare instances, an exceptional student will be allowed to study for the PhD without first completing the MS
  • Only complete applications will be reviewed, no conditional acceptance is given

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet -based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Minimum GRE Scores

Test TypeVerbal + Quantitative**Analytical
GRE*2973.0

*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)

Food Safety and Defense Graduate Certificate

100% Online

Officially approved as:     

Stand Alone:  Yes  
Degree Dependent:   
No

Total Credit Hours:  12

Certificate description: In an era of terrorism and global food systems, effective control of foodborne hazards requires advanced education. There is an urgent need for food industry personnel who, while working fulltime, would like to pursue more in-depth specialized training in food safety and security that is pertinent to their job. This certificate will help serve the needs of industry and agencies that must protect the human food supply from accidental or deliberate contamination with pathogenic microbes and/or toxicants.

Certificate web site:
http://foodscience.missouri.edu/graduate/foodsafetycert.php

For information about certificate, contact:
Dr. Azlin Mustapha
Director of Graduate and Certificate Studies and Professor
Food Science Program at the University of Missouri

Email:  
Phone: 
 573-882-2649
Address:  246 William Stringer Wing, Eckles Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211 

Note: This is an inter-institutional certificate offered in cooperation with Kansas State University Food Science Institute, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Food Science and Iowa State University Food Science programs.