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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
- 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.
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.
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. Personneltop
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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