Master in Food Science

Chapman University

Program Description

Master in Food Science

Chapman University

The demand for food scientists is projected to increase 10% until 2020* and job prospects in Southern California especially continue to grow steadily. 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.

  • Earn your degree in as little as 18 months.
  • Convenient evening classes for working adults.
  • Excellent graduate and alumni career placement rates.
  • Plentiful internships provide valuable experience.
  • The food industry is economically stable – people must eat!
  • With over 1,500 food-processing companies within a 90-minute drive, Orange County is the ideal location for food science careers and internship opportunities.

*According to the 2012 Occupational Outlook Handbook, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What is Food Science?

Food Science is the discipline in which scientists use biology, chemistry, physical sciences, psychology and engineering to study the properties of foods. They develop innovative ways to process, preserve, or package food, thereby making our food supply safer, sustainable and more nutritious.

Faculty members are also working scientists engaged in a variety of research, including the examination of using irradiation in place of harmful chemicals to eliminate insects from fruit, as well as the study of food antioxidants and whether or not they can also be used to make food safer against disease-causing bacteria.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge of core food science concepts.

  • Identify core concepts in food chemistry and analysis, food safety and microbiology, and food processing and engineering.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the factors that impact the safety, quality, and nutritional value of foods.

Critical thinking.

  • Through individual research projects, students will apply the scientific method to solve problems in food science.
  • Students will be able to effectively evaluate and critique professional papers and reports in the field of food science and nutrition.


  • Students will be able to communicate scientific and technical knowledge in food science to professional audiences using written, visual, and oral means.

Problem Solving.

  • Students will function effectively in the food and allied industries to solve practical, real-world problems.

Career and Internship Opportunities

Today, food science represents one of the wealthiest industries in the world, with the various food industries – from processing to sales – contributing close to $42.2 billion to our national economy. Locally, more than 1,500 food-processing companies are located within a 90-mile radius of our Orange campus. Most of our students obtain work experience via internships and our job placement rate is close to 100%. Some of the companies graduates are employed by include, but are not limited to:

  • Baskin-Robbins
  • Bloomfield Bakers
  • Cheesecake Factory
  • Con-Agra
  • Contessa Foods
  • Dean Foods
  • Dole
  • Dr. Pepper/Seven-Up
  • Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc.
  • Fresh Express
  • Golden Cheese Company
  • Hain Celestial
  • Jamba Juice
  • Kellogg's
  • Kraft
  • Masterfoods USA
  • Mastertaste
  • Nestle, USA
  • Nutrilite
  • Ready Pac
  • Royal Crown Company, Inc.
  • Sunkist Growers, Inc.
  • Senomyx
  • Taco Bell
  • Unilever
  • Ventura Foods

Graduate students also readily gain admission into graduate programs of their choice, including medical school. The program is also beneficial for students who are about to attain medical or dental degrees, as they can complete the food science coursework in the same year that they are applying to medical school and taking exams.

Prerequisite Courses

Recently admitted applicants hold degrees in chemistry, biology, pharmacy, business, chemical and mechanical engineering as well as food science and nutrition. We encourage applicants from a broad range of disciplinary interests. If you hold an undergraduate degree in anything other than food science, you must provide evidence of satisfactory coursework in the following areas:

  • General Chemistry with Laboratory (two semesters)
  • Organic Chemistry with Laboratory (two semesters or one semester organic, and one semester biochemistry)
  • Microbiology with Laboratory (one semester)
  • Statistics (one semester)
  • Human Nutrition (one semester)

If you have not completed your prerequisite course/s prior to applying, it is possible to enroll in these courses at Chapman University. All prerequisites must be met by the end of the first academic year. Please contact us for more information.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 23, 2017
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18 months
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805 USD
USA - Orange, California
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