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In this program, you will apply scientific principles to study the properties of food and develop innovative ways to process and package foods resulting in safe, sustainable and nutritious food choices.

You will take classes on our Orange Campus, which has approximately 1,500 food-processing companies within a 100-mile radius. This provides great internship and employment opportunities. In fact, many students find employment while in the program. That’s why we offer flexible, full-time or part-time scheduling opportunities to all students.

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Teaching and Research Labs

Students learn and research in Chapman’s new Keck Center for Science and Engineering.

This includes spacious teaching and research labs in food processing, food chemistry and food microbiology with state-of-the-art equipment that provide vital hands-on experiences for our students. You can learn more on our Teaching and Research Labs page.

Get to know our program and tour the Keck Center at an upcoming information session. Our next session is Wednesday, May 13, 2020 and you can register here.

Program Opportunities and Career Outcomes

The demand for food scientists is expected to increase by 7% through 2028, with a steady growth of jobs in Southern California. In addition, food scientist jobs are incredibly stable — people always need to eat.

Our program prepares you for a variety of careers and opportunities in the food, nutritional, pharmaceutical and related industries, in government and regulatory agencies, in service organizations and academic institutions.

Most of our students obtain work experience via internships and our job placement rate is close to 100%. We offer a number of out-of-class opportunities to support this student success:

Program length: Flexible

You can apply to enter the program in the spring or fall semester and select a course schedule that works best for you.

Campus: Orange

The program is located on our Chapman campus in Orange, California, ideally located amidst a large concentration of food companies.

Classes offered: Evenings

Our classes are offered in the late afternoon or evening, ideal for working professionals.

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Job Growth: 7%

Jobs are expected to grow faster than average through 2028

Class Size: 11-13

Our small classes create more research and funding opportunities for students

Food Companies: 1,500

We’re ideally located in the midst of a thriving food industry

Program Faculty

Our small class sizes allow you to get to know faculty members well and potentially join faculty-led research projects. View our list of full-time faculty and their experience below.

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Unique Course Offerings

In addition to core and required courses, we offer a number of unique electives that will broaden your knowledge of food science.

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Food Science and Nutrition Student Association

This student group works alongside the Institute of Food Technologists, which allows members to participate in competitions, attend conferences and attend networking events.

The club also hosts numerous educational, social, philanthropic and outreach events throughout the year.

You can learn more about their activities on their Facebook page or blog.

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Admission and Application Details

You can apply and view a full list of requirements on the Graduate Admission How to Apply page

Generally, applications are due by May 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for spring. We will consider applications from qualified students after the deadlines.

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Next Steps

If you are looking to advance your career in the M.S. in Food Science program, your next step might be:

Contact Us

Program Questions
Robyne Kelly
(714) 289-2040

Admission Questions
Sharnique Dow
(714) 628-6770


Spring: May 1st
Fall: November 1st

Applications from qualified applicants accepted after the deadline

Food Science Blog

Get the latest news and updates on our Food Science blog.

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Graduate Housing

Learn more about on- and off-campus housing options on our Residence Life website.

Housing for Graduate Students