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Schmid College of Science & Technology

» Master of Science in Food Science

Chapman University, located in Orange County, California, offers a Master of Science in Food Science-the perfect graduate degree program to help turn your passion, knowledge and experience 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. Learn more about the fascinating world of food science here.

The home of Food Science!

Food Science is thrilled to call home the beautiful Keck Center for Science and Engineering (you can even take a virtual tour!) Spacious food science teaching and research labs in food processing, food chemistry and food microbiology with state-of-the-art equipment provide vital hands-on experiences for our students.

  • Convenient evening classes for working adults
  • Excellent graduate and alumni career & internship placement rates
  • Chose an emphasis in Food Safety and Regulatory or Product Development and Sensory Evaluation
  • Student:Faculty Ratio is 10:1
  • The demand for food scientists is projected to increase 7% through 2026* and job prospects in Southern California especially continue to grow steadily.
  • The food industry is economically stable – people must eat!
*According to the 2017 Occupational Outlook Handbook, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics


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Upcoming Events

Master of Science in Food Science Virtual Information Sessions

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

RSVP to receive instructions for one of our 2022 Virtual Info Sessions on June 28th, Aug. 3rd, Sept. 13th, Oct. 25th or Dec. 5th.

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

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

Admission Requirements

Prerequisite Courses

Recently admitted applicants hold degrees in chemistry, biology, pharmacy, business, chemical and mechanical engineering as well as food science and nutrition. We encourage applicants from a broad range of disciplinary interests, as long as you have completed the following coursework:

  • General Chemistry with Laboratory (two semesters)
  • Organic Chemistry with Laboratory (two semesters or one semester organic and one semester biochemistry)
  • Microbiology with Laboratory (one semester)
  • Statistics (one semester)
  • Human Nutrition (one semester)

Any of these courses can be completed at other accredited institutions such as your local community college and/or other four-year colleges and universities. If you have not completed some of your prerequisite course/s prior to applying, it is possible to enroll in these courses at Chapman University. However, in order for your application to be considered for review, you are required to have successfully completed one year (two semesters) of General Chemistry with Laboratory. All other prerequisites must be met by the end of the first academic year. Please contact us for more information.

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.

Application Requirements

  • Online application for admission (including $60 non-refundable application fee)
  • Official transcript from degree granting institution. If prerequisite courses have been taken at schools other than the degree granting institution, those transcripts must also be submitted.
  • Applicants must have earned a minimum grade point average of 3.00
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are required (GMAT scores may be accepted in lieu of GRE). GRE school code is 4047. Applicants must achieve the following minimum GRE scores which are listed respectively:
    • Verbal: 153
    • Quantitative: 153
    • Analytical Writing: 3.5
  • GRE Waivers are available for select Fall 2022 applicants, and can be requested using this form after you have submitted your application materials including transcripts, letters of recommendation and personal statement.
  • Letters of recommendation; two letters of recommendation are required which describe your professional and academic abilities
  • Statement of Intent; an essay addressing your reasons for wishing to attend Chapman University and the M.S. Food Science program
  • Resume; a resume or curriculum vitae is required
  • Language Test (International Students Only) – applicants who have completed their undergraduate degree outside of the United States are required to achieve the following minimum score on Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 550 (paper-based), or 80 (internet-based), International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6.5, Pearson Test of English (PTE):53 or Cambridge English Advanced Exam (CAE): 180 minimum.
  • Financial Certification Form (International students only)

Contact Us and Supplementary Information


Sharnique Dow
Graduate Admission Counselor
sdow@chapman.edu  
(714) 628-6770

Robyne Kelly
Graduate Program Coordinator
rokelly@chapman.edu
(714) 289-2040
Keck Center Room 174

Monica Chen
Associate Director of International Initiatives, DSO
Mchen@chapman.edu
(714) 289-3590

Graduate Financial Aid
gradfinaid@chapman.edu
(714) 628-2730

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Food Science Travel Course


Food Science and Nutrition students traveled to Athens & Crete in May 2019 for the latest Food Industry Travel Course: Exploring the Mediterranean Diet. Students & faculty visited an apiary, an olive grove & olive oil production facility, a goat farm & cheesemaking facility-as well as some of the ancient wonders of the world.
Where to next? Parla Italiana?

Student Demographics


The average scores of students (n=16) admitted in 2020-21 were : GPA- 3.45, GRE- 150 Verbal, 152 Quantitative and 4 Analytical Writing.

Female: 68%
Male: 32%

Average age: 25
Age range: 21-39

U.S. Citizens: 94%
International Students: 6%