Master of Science in Food Safety and Technology


Candidates are required to take a total of 32 credit hours, 18 of which must be selected from the core food safety and technology courses listed below, six to eight credit hours must be in research and thesis work and six to eight credit hours from electives. Courses are offered at the Mies Campus or via internet with the exception of FDSN 506.

Core Course (17)
FDSN 505Food Microbiology3
FDSN 506Food Microbiology Laboratory3
FDSN 507Food Analysis3
FDSN 524Fundamentals of Food Science3
FDSN 531HACCP Planning and Implementation3
FDSN 593Seminars in Food Science and Nutrition (This course must be taken twice for one credit each time.)2
Thesis Research (6-8)
FDSN 591Research and Thesis6-8
Electives (7-9)
Select seven to nine credit hours from the following:7-9
Advanced Nutritional Biochemistry 3
Development, Delivery, and Dissemination3
Food Biotechnology3
Food Product Development3
Fundamentals of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in Food Science and Nutrition3
Fundamentals of Biostatistics and Epidemiology Laboratory in Food Science and Nutrition1
Food Law and Regulations3
Food Process Engineering Lab3
Low-Acid Canned Food Regulations and Microbiology3
Food Process Engineering3
Advanced Food Process Engineering3
Food Engineering Process Delivery3
Engineering Principles of Food3
Performance Management in Food Operations3
Principles of Food Packaging3
Special Projects1-2
Special Problems1-4

Minimum degree credits required: 32

Research for the thesis must be carried out under the direct supervision of a participating faculty member. Based on the requirements of the research project, thesis committee members may be chosen from university faculty members from various departments, FdSN/FDA scientists, and the food industry scientists. The final thesis examination consists of submission of a written thesis followed by an oral presentation open to all FdSN/IFSH staff and the university community. As a part of the thesis, the student is expected to contribute scholarly article(s) to one or more high quality peer-reviewed journals. The student is also encouraged to present the research at a national professional society meeting.

Students may enroll in FDSN 594 and FDSN 597 up to a maximum of two credit hours between both courses when enrolled in six credit hours of thesis; or one credit hour when enrolled in seven credit hours of thesis. However, if the FDSN 597 is used as a short course, the student can register up to four credit hours in FDSN 597 with FdSN adviser approval. Students may not enroll in FDSN 594 or FDSN 597 when using eight credit hours of thesis unless FDSN 597 is used as a short course.

Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0/4.0. In addition to the core courses required and electives, further courses may be selected from other departments with the approval of the FdSN adviser to fit the background and needs of the individual student.