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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 for our next Information Session on Wednesday, April 26th or Thursday, July 20th at 5:30PM (PDT)

Or,  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.
  • An interview is required for all applicants.
  • Submission of Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores is optional for the M.S. Food Science program. The GRE or GMAT is required for consideration to the Joint MS/MBA program (GRE school code is 4047).
  • 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
(714) 628-6770

Robyne Kelly
Graduate Program Manager
(714) 289-2040

Monica Chen
Associate Director of International Initiatives, DSO
(714) 289-3590

Graduate Financial Aid
(714) 628-2730

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Food Science Travel Course

Food Science and Nutrition students traveled to the Umbria region of Italy this May for the latest Food Industry Travel Course exploring Italian Food and Culture. Students & faculty enjoyed hunting for truffles, visiting artisan producers of Parmigiana Reggiano, balsalmic vinegar, proscuitto, Lambrusco-as well as some of the ancient wonders of the world. Will you join us when we return in 2023?