Master of Science (MSc) Food Science

Admission Requirements

For admission into the Master of Science Program in Food Science, students must have a BSc degree from any recognized university in any of the following disciplines:

  • Food Science;
  • Dairy Science;
  • Chemistry/Biochemistry;
  • Microbiology;
  • Nutrition or Home Economics with suitable background;
  • or a Bachelor of Engineering.

Students will be considered for the program on the basis of undergraduate academic standing and background. Candidates without Food Science training at the undergraduate level will likely be required to attend appropriate undergraduate courses offered in the program. All candidates must meet the minimum admission requirements for the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Academic Regulations

Program Requirements

The graduate program consists of not less than 12 credit hours (or the equivalent) and the graduate seminar and a thesis is selected upon the advice of the thesis supervisor. The graduate student’s program is submitted by the Food Science Program for review by Engineering Graduate Studies and Research Office.

Examination Requirement

All courses required to meet the degree requirements are considered essential courses and will be so designated by the Supervisory Committee. Essential courses can include any required undergraduate or prerequisite courses. Any courses taken in excess of the requirements are subject to approval by the supervisor. These courses will appear on the student’s transcript as regular courses.

All Master’s degree candidates must pass all graduate level courses with a grade of at least B-. Any approved undergraduate course taken by a Master’s candidate must be passed with a grade of at least B-. Graduate students are allowed to repeat only one course during their program. Graduate students are not eligible to write supplementary examinations. Transfer credits from other universities will be considered on a case by case basis.

As well, all Master’s degree candidates must pass an oral examination of their thesis or project after it has been submitted in satisfactory form.

In addition to meeting the grade requirements, failure to maintain an acceptable academic standing will result in a student being asked to withdraw from the program. Failure to achieve the minimum mark as noted above shall be considered grounds for dismissal.

Time Requirement

A candidate for a Master of Science in Food Science degree will be required to spend at least 12 months’ full-time work on course work and the thesis. A student is required to register each session to maintain eligibility to continue his/her program of studies. See Faculty of Graduate Studies Regulations for policies regarding the maximum length of time for degree completion and extensions.


Deadlines for applications for MEng:

International Students: April 1st
Canadian Students: June 30th

International Students: August 31st
Canadian Students: October 31st