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Schmid College of Science & Technology

Master of Science in Food Science

» Master of Science in Food Science

Student safety has been our top priority at Chapman University in this time of global crisis.  Our students are learning online from their homes, or from their rooms on campus.  Our faculty are creatively providing compelling online education to prepare our students for careers in the food industry which is hiring at unprecedented levels.

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. Chapman University’s Master of Science in Food Science is the perfect graduate degree program to help turn your passion, knowledge and experience into a rewarding career.

The home of Food Science!

Food Science is thrilled to call home the beautiful Keck Center for Science and Engineering. 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 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 our Virtual Info Session on December 2nd, 6:00-7:00 PM (PST)
Can't make it? Future Information Session coming soon.

Accelerated Undergraduate/Master Programs

Join us for an Accelerated Program Information Session

Wednesday, November 4th 1:00-2:00 PM

Chapman Chemistry, Biology and Biochemistry Majors!

Here's your fast track to a graduate degree-right here at Chapman!

RSVP for the Zoom link!

The food science program offers an accelerated program that enables undergraduate students to begin taking M.S. coursework in their junior or senior year and receive a Master of Science in Food Science in as little as one year after finishing their undergraduate degree. The program is open to all undergraduate majors as long as they have satisfied the prerequisites for the program and meet admission requirements.

Chapman students can apply to a graduate program in their junior or senior year. Students will receive conditional admission to the program, pending completion of their bachelor's degree as stipulated in the graduate catalog (see explanation of conditional admission in the graduate catalog). If accepted into a graduate program, undergraduate students may take up to 15 graduate credits once they have completed 90 undergraduate credits. These 15 credits may also count towards their undergraduate degree credit requirement. Students would complete the remaining credit hours of graduate coursework beginning in the semester after receiving the undergraduate degree. The application process, prerequisites, GPA and graduate program requirements are as specified for the M.S. in Food Science; however GRE and letters of recommendation are waived requirements.

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

students having a mediterranean lunch in Greece outdoors

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 2019-20 were : GPA- 3.29, GRE- 150 Verbal, 155 Quantitative and 4 Analytical Writing.

Female: 56%
Male: 44%

Average age: 26
Age range: 21-44

U.S. Citizens: 88%
International Students: 12%