Earn a master’s in Food Science at the University of Idaho

M.S. Food Science

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College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

Agricultural Sciences Bldg.
Phone: (208) 885-7984

Mailing Address:
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2336
Moscow, ID 83844-2336

Exploring What We Eat

The food and beverage industry relies on food scientists to create new foods, improve food safety and quality and develop safe and sustainable food processing. Graduate students will conduct innovative and high quality research to solve emerging problems in food science.

Fast Facts

  • Get hands-on experience through facilities and resources at UI and WSU
  • Apply for research or teaching assistantships
  • Enter competitions and publish your research
  • Work for companies like J.R. Simplot Co., Kraft Foods, and Land O’Lakes
  • Participate in grant-funded research projects
  • Product Development
  • Food Engineering
  • Research Science
  • Sensory Science
  • Food Safety
  • Work in industry, academia, and nonprofit and government institutions
  • Ph.D. in Food Science


Potential salary is based
upon national averages.
Job Placement


Almost all graduates are offered a job or placement in a Ph.D. program after they earn their degree.
Degree Roadmap Find a wealth of knowledge to help you succeed – from taking care of preliminary items associated with starting your graduate studies at the University of Idaho to finishing your degree – at the College of Graduate Studies.
Degree Prep To prepare for courses required to earn a degree in Food Science, we recommend you:
  • have an undergraduate degree in food science, chemistry, or microbiology
  • enjoy lab work and research
Scholarships Over 400 scholarships are offered exclusively to College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) students based on GPA and other qualifications. Learn more.

You can find general need- and merit-based scholarships on the Financial Aid Office's scholarships page.
Financial Aid To find out about deadlines and eligibility requirements, please visit the University of Idaho Financial Aid Office.
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Hands-on Learning
  • Access to facilities and resources in two states and seven cities
  • Learn at both UI and WSU campuses and labs
  • Design and conduct scientific experiments
  • Mentor undergraduates in research or club activities
  • Join faculty in international research projects
  • Present research at professional society events and competitions
  • Collaborate with the UI Food Technology Center, WSU Creamery, USDA Western Wheat Quality Lab, and more!
  • Darigold
  • J. R. Simplot Co.
  • Starbucks
  • Glanbia
  • E&J Gallo
  • Kraft Foods
  • Food Science Club
  • Graduate and Professional Student Association
  • College Bowl Team
  • Food Product Development Team