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» Master of Science in Food Science

Chapman University’s Master of Science in Food Science program will help turn your passion, knowledge and experience with the science of food into a rewarding career. As a student of the Food Science 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.


Why Pursue a Master’s in Food Science?

  • The demand for food scientists is projected to increase 7% through 2026*.
  • Job prospects in Southern California are especially strong because industry-leading companies are well represented in the region.
  • The food industry is economically stable and full of rewarding careers.

MS in Food Science Program Highlights

  • Convenient evening classes for working adults.
  • Excellent graduate and alumni career and internship placement rates.
  • Choose an emphasis in Food Safety and Regulatory or Product Development and Sensory Evaluation.
  • Receive support applying for a USDA National Needs Fellowship which will allow you to gain expertise addressing areas of shortage such as food science and human nutrition. 


*According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Our Students and Alumni

Here are some of the employers who have hired graduates with a degree in Food Science from Chapman University:

  • Chipotle
  • Disney
  • General Mills
  • Impossible Foods
  • Mars
  • Starbucks
  • Taco Bell
  • And many more!

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Upcoming Events

Master of Science in Food Science Virtual Information Session

If you enjoy science and have a passion for food (or vice versa), explore a career in Food Science at our next info session!

The next Virtual Information Session is being offered June 12 at 5:30PM.

RSVP to receive the Zoom link.

Can't make it?  Schedule a 1:1 virtual appointment

Want to visit us, and have a one on one tour? Contact Robyne Kelly.

Application Deadlines

Priority review deadlines for fellowships and scholarships are:

November 1 for Spring admission
May 1 for Fall admission

Applications received after this date will be considered on a rolling basis as space is available.