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Interested students with a relevant academic background should apply to both the Graduate Admissions office and the Department of Food Science & Technology. Part of your materials should be sent to the Graduate Admissions office and part to the Department of Food Science & Technology.
Please Note: The department is no longer accepting applications for admission into the MS or PhD program for Fall 2013. The faculty do not anticipate having positions available for new MS or PhD students in Spring or Summer 2014. If you are interested in applying to our MS or PhD program, Fall 2014 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
- Two official transcripts/academic records 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
Materials for Department of Food Science & Technology
- Three official letters of recommendation (sent by referees) submitted either online through the Graduate Admission Office or mailed directly to the department
- Statement of purpose - Brief description of food science interests and desired area of focus
- These materials should be mailed to:
Mark A. Harrison Professor and Graduate Coordinator UGA Department of Food Science and Technology Athens, GA 30602-2610
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 with a course load of at least nine credit hours. 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.
- 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 admission and consideration for assisantship from departmental sources of funding -- Deadlines:
|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 faculty do not anticipate having positions available for new MS or PhD students in Spring or Summer 2013. If you are interested in applying to our MS or PhD program, Fall 2013 will be the next available term to apply.
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