Earn a doctorate degree in Food Science at the University of Idaho

Ph.D. Food Science

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

Exploring What We Eat

A Ph.D. in Food Science gives graduates the professional and leadership skills to succeed in food and allied industries, government or academia. Students in the School of Food Science interact with faculty at both the University of Idaho and Washington State University, allowing for a more diverse education and access to research facilities at both institutions.

Fast Facts

  • Work for universities, the FDA or USDA, and with major food manufacturers
  • Apply for research or teaching assistantships
  • Lead research projects and publish your findings
  • Collaborate through grant-funded research projects
  • Get hands-on experience through cooperative teaching and research at UI and WSU
  • Professor
  • Product Development
  • Food Engineering
  • Research Science
  • Sensory Science
  • Food Safety
  • Work in industry, academia, and nonprofit and government institutions


Potential salary is based
upon national averages.
Job Placement


Almost all graduates earn a job in their field after college.
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 a master's degree in food science, chemistry, microbiology, or biology
  • enjoy independent 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 UI and WSU campuses and labs
  • Design and conduct scientific experiments
  • Mentor undergraduates in research or club activities
  • Join faculty in international research projects
  • Collaborate with the UI Food Technology Center, WSU Creamery, USDA Western Wheat Quality Lab, and more!
  • Present research at professional society events and competitions
  • Darigold
  • J. R. Simplot Co.
  • Starbucks
  • Glanbia
  • E&J Gallo
  • Kraft Foods
  • Food Science Club
  • College Bowl Team
  • Food Product Development Team
  • Graduate and Professional Student Association