Student in food science lab

Learning Outcomes

  • Communicate complex technical information relevant to the discipline.

  • Apply complex concepts relevant to the processing of food products.

  • Evaluate the chemical interactions of nutrients and food additives and their effects on food products.

  • Formulate methods to analyze nutrients and food additives in food products.

  • Identify major safety hazards related to food products.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is a competitive process. Individuals possessing a baccalaureate degree in any major from a regionally accredited institution are eligible to apply. Applicants are evaluated based on several factors including previous college coursework; Graduate Record Examination scores; letters of recommendation; and personal statement. The personal statement describes the applicant’s goals and reasons for applying to the graduate program.

  • Applicants must complete the online graduate admission application.
  • Applicants must submit the $50.00 application fee.
  • Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university and must submit an official transcript from each college or university attended as an undergraduate or graduate student.
  • Applicants should have an overall undergraduate quality point average (QPA) of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale including acceptable grades in science course.
  • Courses in Human Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry, and Biostatistics must have been successfully completed within the last five years. Students may inquire about challenge exams.
  • Students who wish to fulfill the academic requirements (DPD) for becoming a Registered Dietitian and who have not completed prerequisite courses in their undergraduate curriculum are encouraged to apply. Your advisor will create a plan of study that integrates prerequisite courses and graduate courses once designated prerequisite courses are completed. Students must earn a grade of B- (2.70) or better in each prerequisite course and an overall average of B (3.00). Students who earn a C- (1.70) or lower grade in undergraduate prerequisite courses are subject to dismissal from the program. A student will be dismissed when the student earns a C- (1.70) or lower grade in undergraduate prerequisite courses required for a graduate program.
  • Students who do not fulfill the QPA requirement, but have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale and satisfactory GRE scores will be considered for admission after they complete two prerequisite courses at Framingham State University. These courses must have prior approval and must be completed with a grade of B or better.
  • Applicants must submit official test score reports for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) which includes verbal and quantitative reasoning and analytical writing. Preferred scores are: 150 Verbal; 150 Math, 4.0 Writing.
  • Applicants must provide two letters of recommendation from professors, supervisors, and/or colleagues, submitted on the Framingham State University Letter of Recommendation form and sent directly to the University by the recommender.
  • Applicants must submit a 300-word personal statement discussing their motivation for seeking a master’s degree in view of prior formal education, current job responsibilities and career plans.

The admissions committee will begin the review of applicant materials upon receipt of all required documents. Complete applications include: application form, two current letters of recommendation, GRE test scores, a 300-word personal statement, and all official undergraduate transcripts.

The applicant must:

  • Complete the online graduate admission application
  • Submit the $50.00 application fee
  • Have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, which includes basic courses in biology, chemistry, and mathematics.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate quality point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, including acceptable grades in science and mathematics courses taken as an undergraduate.
  • Provide two letters of recommendation submitted on the Framingham State University Letter of Recommendation form and sent directly to the University’s Graduate Admissions office by the
  • recommender. One letter must be from an employer or supervisor, and the other must be from a faculty member who has taught the candidate at the collegiate level if the candidate attended classes in the last five years;
  • Submit a typed, 300-word personal statement discussing their motivation for seeking a master’s degree in view of prior formal education, current job responsibilities, and career plans;
  • Submit official test reports for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) which includes verbal and quantitative reasoning and analytical writing. Preferred minimum scores are: 150 verbal; 150 math; 4.0 writing.

Students are evaluated primarily on the basis of their undergraduate degree program, scores on the GRE General Examination, recommendations, and professional experience where it applies. Specific courses that students are expected to have as part of their undergraduate education, and prior to their making application, are Biology, General Chemistry I and II, and Organic Chemistry I and II (comparable to FSU courses).

Students eligible to apply for admission, but not fulfilling the GPA requirement, and who have (1) a minimum GPA of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale, (2) an analytical writing score of at least 3.50 would be considered for admission after completing two prerequisite graduate courses. Students must earn a grade of B- (2.70) or better in each prerequisite course, and an overall average of B (3.00). Proficiency examinations, when completed, must be passed with equivalent grades if the student is to receive official admission. Students who earn a grade less than B- in any prerequisite courses will ordinarily be withdrawn from the program.

Applicants whose files become complete during the regular academic year will have their applications reviewed as soon as the required documents have been received. Applicants whose files become complete during the summer months have their files reviewed during the summer at the convenience and availability of the admissions committee faculty. Applicants for full-time study should have their files complete by February 1st for fall admission and by September 1st for spring and summer admissions in order to maximize access to prerequisite undergraduate courses.

Admission to the program is a competitive process. Individuals possessing a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution are eligible to apply. Applicants are evaluated based on several factors including previous college coursework; Graduate Record Examination scores; letters of recommendation; and personal statement. The personal statement describes the applicant’s goals and reasons for applying to the graduate program.

  • Applicants must complete the online graduate admission application.
  • Applicants must submit a $50.00 application fee.
  • Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Applicants should have an overall undergraduate grade point average (QPA) of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale including acceptable grades in science courses.
  • Courses in Human Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry, and Biostatistics must have been successfully completed within the last five years. Students may inquire about challenge exams.
  • Students who wish to fulfill the academic requirements (DPD) for becoming a Registered Dietitian and who have not completed prerequisite courses in their undergraduate curriculum are encouraged to apply. Your advisor will create a plan of study that integrates prerequisite courses and graduate courses once designated prerequisite courses are completed. Students must earn a grade of B- (2.70) or better in each prerequisite course and an overall average of B (3.00).
  • Students who do not fulfill the QPA requirement, but have a minimum QPA of 2.70 on a 4.00 scale and a satisfactory GRE score will be considered for admission after they complete two prerequisite courses at Framingham State University. These courses must have prior approval and must be completed with a grade of B or better.
  • Applicants must submit official test score reports from the Graduate Record Exam General Test (GRE) which includes verbal and quantitative reasoning and analytical writing. Preferred minimum scores are: 150 in Verbal; 150 in Math; and 4.0 in Writing.
  • Applicants must provide two letters of recommendation from professors, supervisors, and/or colleagues, submitted on the Framingham State University Letter of Recommendation form and sent directly to the University by the recommender.
  • Applicants must submit a typed, 300-word personal statement discussing their motivation for seeking a master’s degree in view of prior formal, education, current job responsibilities, and career plans.

The admissions committee will begin the review of applicant materials upon receipt of all required documents. Complete applications include: application form, two current letters of recommendation, GRE test scores, 300-word personal statement, and all official undergraduate transcript(s).

Program Requirements

Program Requirements

The program requires a minimum of 15 courses: four core courses, four and one-half concentration courses, two elective courses, and four and one–half practicum courses, together with undergraduate prerequisite courses required for students without appropriate academic backgrounds. Students are also required to register for Nutrition in the School Environment 0.5 course credit, an online course, in the summer preceding the School Nutrition Practicum. Registration fee applies.

Students who provide a current ACEND Verification Form indicating completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics may have some core and/or concentration courses waived. Students are required to select additional graduate elective courses for a total of fifteen (15) to replace any waived courses. An oral comprehensive examination is required as the student’s culminating experience.

The program requires a minimum of ten (10) courses: four (4) core courses, five (5) concentration courses, and one (1) approved elective course; plus undergraduate prerequisite courses required for students without an appropriate academic background. Students may take courses in any sequence subject to the following general requirements:

  • Students must have completed all the undergraduate prerequisite courses before registering for core, concentration or elective courses;
  • NUTR 903 Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism must be repeated if passed with a grade lower than B- (2.70).
  • An oral comprehensive examination is required as the student’s culminating experience.

The program requires a minimum of ten (10) courses: four (4) core courses and six (6) concentration and elective courses, together with undergraduate prerequisite courses required for students without appropriate academic backgrounds. A minimum of ten (10) courses is required for graduation. An oral comprehensive examination is required as the student’s culminating experience.

Students who provide a current ACEND Verification Form indicating completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics may have some program core and/or concentration courses waived. Students are required to select additional graduate elective courses for a total of ten (10) to replace any waived courses. Those who wish to fulfill the academic requirements (DPD) for becoming a Registered Dietitian should consult the undergraduate prerequisite courses listed under the Coordinated Program in Dietetics specialization.

Undergraduate courses in Human Anatomy and Physiology and in Biochemistry must have been successfully completed within the last five years. Students may inquire about challenge exams; students have only one opportunity to take and pass the examination.

 

Career Opportunities

Food Science majors will be prepared to pursue career opportunities across a wide range of exciting fields, including:

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Food Research Scientist

Analyze the nutritional content of food, develop processed foods, and discover food sources.

Quality Assurance Manager

Coordinate and safeguard a food company's quality standard of production.

Food Production Manager

Oversees the processing and manufacturing of food products.

Product Development Manager

Develops new food recipes using existing ingredients.

Food Safety Manager

Ensures safe food production and distribution.

Regulatory Manager

Ensures all ingredients and products adhere to regulations set by the USDA.

EFFECTIVE AS OF THE 2023-2024 GRADUATE CATALOG

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