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Food Science & Technology: Teaching Programs: Graduate Program

Prospective Students

Application

Interested students with a relevant academic background should complete the online graduate application available here.


Please Note: The department is no longer accepting applications for admission into the M.S. or Ph.D. program for Fall 2014. The faculty do not anticipate having positions available for new M.S. or Ph.D. students in Spring or Summer 2015. If you are interested in applying to our M.S. or Ph.D. program, Fall 2015 will be the next available term to apply.


Materials for Graduate Admissions Office

  • Application form submitted online
  • Application/processing fee (non-refundable) of $75 for domestic applicants or $100 for international applicants
  • One official transcript/academic record from each institution attended
  • Official test scores submitted from the testing agency directly to the Graduate Admissions office
    • Scores on the verbal and quantitative sections of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) are required.
    • English language proficiency test scores (TOEFL or IELTS) are required of applicants whose native language is not English. If submitting the TOEFL: a minimum score of 213 (computer-based) or 550 (paper-based) or overall score of 80 with at least 20 on speaking and writing (internet-based). If submitting the IELTS: a minimum overall band-width of 6.5, with no single band (score) below 6.0.
  • Additional materials required of international students
  • For more information about admissions requirements, click here.

Materials for Department of Food Science & Technology

  • Three official letters of recommendation (sent by referees) submitted online through the Graduate application system.
  • Please click here to provide additional required information, including a resume or curriculum vitae of 1-2 pages.

  • If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact:
    Dr. Mark A. Harrison
    Professor and Graduate Coordinator
    UGA Department of Food Science and Technology
    Athens, GA 30602-2610

Application Deadlines

  • Graduate School deadline for applicants seeking assistantship consideration through Graduate School funding and competition -- Deadline: All general application admission materials must be received in the Office of Graduate Admissions by January 1. Applicants must be admitted as prospective degree candidates by February 15. These assistantships are highly competitive.
  • Departmental deadlines for M.S. or Ph.D. program: Applications are only accepted for fall matriculation. The early acceptance deadline for admissions in the Food Science M.S. and Ph.D. programs for Fall is January 1st. Files are reviewed in order of receipt starting in late January through mid-March. Notification of the decision should be sent by the Graduate School by mid to late March. If you are an applicant for the M.S. or Ph.D. program, and you're not interested in fall early acceptance, files received by February 15th may be considered.
Semester Domestic Applicants Foreign Applicants
Fall July 1 April 15
Spring* November 15 October 15
May and Extended Summer Session* April 1
Summer* May 1 February 15

*Please Note: The department only accepts applications for admission into the M.S. or Ph.D. program in fall semester.

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Graduate Student Guide

The Graduate Student Guide (pdf) of the Department of Food Science and Technology contains information useful to prospective students as well as enrolled students. Departmental policies and degree requirements are explained in detail.

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Faculty Cooperation

Research opportunities and instruction in the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of Georgia are provided by faculty based at two locations. One group is housed in the Food Science Building in the University's Science Center complex on the Athens campus. Some graduate students opt to conduct the research portion of their degree requirements working with a second group of departmental faculty at the Experiment Station in Griffin, Georgia, approximately 35 miles south of Atlanta. Personnel

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Financial Assistance

For detailed information regarding financial aid, please see the UGA Office of Student Financial Aid and the Graduate School's Financial Information.

Funds for the support of graduate students come from a variety of state and federal government sources, food and allied industries, and private foundations. The majority of financial aid is provided in the form of graduate assistantships which carry a stipend. Such assistantships are awarded annually on a competitive basis to qualified graduate students and they require part-time teaching, research, or other academic duties defined by their department. Assistantships are normally awarded on a one-third basis or higher. One-third time indicates that the student must work 13 hours per week in the awarding unit, normally their department. Assistantships also require the individual to be enrolled as a full-time student. Assistantships are awarded either as a Graduate School Assistantship or an assistantship awarded by individual faculty members in the department to qualified candidates. Non-resident fees are waived for out-of-state students receiving financial assistance for at least 1/3 time service to the department. In addition, scholarships are available on a competitive basis through the University, College of Agricultural and Environment Sciences, the Institute of Food Technologists and other scientific professional societies. Since these competitive awards are usually made prior to the beginning of an academic year, interested individuals should contact the department and plan accordingly.

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After Graduation

M.S. and Ph.D. graduates of the Food Science program have gone on to work, live, and study in a variety of places. FST graduates work in the food industry as quality control specialists, product development scientists, and process development engineers. Others work in governmental agencies such as the USDA or FDA to maintain the safety of our food supply and to ensure economic development in the U.S. Some choose to work in universities and colleges, where they train students and conduct basic research in food science. Many students opt for graduate study, as excellent opportunities are open to food scientists with advanced degrees.

Partial List of Past Employers of Alumni Include:

  • Ajinomoto
  • Baxter Health Care
  • Beam Global Spirits & Wine
  • Best Foods
  • Bravo Foods
  • Buckhead Beef
  • Cadbury Schweppes
  • Cargill
  • Carolina Turkeys
  • CDC
  • Coca Cola
  • Con Agra Poultry
  • CP Kelco
  • Cryovac
  • Dannon Co.
  • Eastern Foods
  • Eco Lab
  • Edward's Baking
  • FDA
  • Food Products Assn.
  • Frito-Lay
  • General Mills
  • Givaduan Roure Flavors
  • Golden Peanut
  • HC Brille
  • Heinz North America
  • Hoffman-LaRoche
  • John Morrell & Co.
  • Kellogg's
  • Kraft Foods Inc.
  • Kroger Co.
  • Master Foods
  • Michigan State Univ.
  • Minute Maid
  • National Restaurant Assn.
  • Naturally Fresh
  • Nestle Co.
  • Penn State University
  • PepsiCo
  • Perdue Farms
  • Pilgrim's Pride
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • Quaker Oats Co.
  • RARE Hospitality Int.
  • Sara Lee
  • Schwann's
  • South GA Pecan Co.
  • Unilever Foods
  • USDA
  • US Distilled Products
  • Univ. of Arizona
  • Univ. of Arkansas
  • Univ. of Tennessee
  • Wayne Farms
  • World Tech Ingredients
  • Zartic
  • Zep Manufacturing Co.
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Alumni have lived and worked in:

  • China
  • Columbia
  • Cypress
  • Italy
  • Mexico
  • Panama
  • Philippines
  • Saudia Arabia
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Tiawan
  • Turkey

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Alumni have pursued further studies at:

  • Auburn University
  • Clemson University
  • Cornell University
  • Emory University
  • Kansas State University
  • Michigan State University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Purdue University
  • Rutgers University
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Massachusetts
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