Master of Science (MS) in Food Science
The MS in food science offers areas of concentration in food safety and quality, food processing and engineering, food chemistry and biochemistry, food microbiology, product development, and food science education. Graduates have found employment as college instructors, technical personnel in the food industry, regulatory or other governmental agencies, and researchers. Others have pursued further postgraduate studies.
Academic prerequisites include a bachelor's degree in food science or a closely related field, a minimum grade point average of 3.0, and undergraduate course work in introductory foods, biochemistry, introductory nutrition, and statistics. Motivated students without a food science-related degree may apply, but will be expected to make up undergraduate deficiencies if admitted. Students are strongly encouraged to take chemistry and introductory food courses prior to applying to the program.
Additional requirements include: submission of GRE General Test scores (no minimum score required); two confidential recommendations (using our program's recommendation forms); a TOEFL score of 580 minimum, 600 recommended (250 computer, IBT 100) if a foreign student; a personal resume; and a completed Graduate Admissions Application including statement of objectives. Interviews by phone or in person if in Hawai'i may be requested by the admissions committee. The deadlines for receipt of all application materials are February 1 for fall semester applicants, and September 1 for spring semester applicants.
Graduate Record Exam
Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are often required for graduate programs, especially for combined internship/graduate programs. The 4-hour general GRE test is administered at the University of Hawai'i in the Queen Lili'uokalani Center for Student Services in the Testing Center. The cost is currently $205. To prepare for taking the GRE you can either purchase GRE practice books and software from most bookstores and/or you can download a GRE practice test for free from the GRE website. For further information, contact the Testing Center at 956-3454.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the BS in the FSHN Food Science program, students will be able to:
- Know, apply and critically analyze and evaluate concepts related to the science of food and nutrition with a focus on humans.
- Develop written & oral skills commensurate with the ability to summarize, evaluate, synthesize, and appropriately communicate scientific concepts to a variety of audiences.
- Acquire personal characteristics and leadership, management, and human relations skills appropriate to professional practice in careers related to food science and human nutrition.
- Recognize and use appropriate technologies, such as computer applications and/or food and nutrition laboratory methodologies.
- Identify and develop skills to gain successful admission into entry level careers or post-graduate education.
- Develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
- Demonstrate participation in community service.
- Identify community issues from local to global levels.
Undergraduate FSHN (Council) Student Club
You are encouraged to join the Student FSHN Council for a nominal fee of $5.00/semester. You will have a chance to meet other students in your major and have the opportunity to share information and good times. Often graduating seniors leave behind jobs or career opportunities that are now available to you.
Useful Websites for Students Entering into the University of Hawai'i
All information for students covering how to apply, academic calendar, financial aid, catalog, transfer credit search, new database, on-campus activities, housing (dorms), parking, etc., can be found on the following websites:
MyUH Services is a mobile-optimized, one stop shop for UH business tasks, form, apps and more. It includes one-click access to services customized for students, faculty and staff across our 10-campus system.
STAR for students is the online degree tracking system for UH. You can view your degree requirements, register for classes, search for scholarships, and view your transcripts through STAR.
Use this website to make an appointment with our academic advisors. Advisors can assist you with developing a degree plan and making sure you’re taking the appropriate classes for graduation. Meeting with an academic advisor is mandatory every semester.
This website offers information about the world of CTAHR, including undergraduate and graduate programs, financial aid and scholarships, course requirements, publications, research projects, student council, faculty, and staff.
This web site shows the different programs, courses, and resources available within the HNFAS department. There is also a link to “Scholarships.”
The FSHN Council strives to nurture students' interest in dietetics, research, community wellness, food service and nutrition by providing the opportunity for students to network with other students, faculty, and professionals in food science, nutrition, and other health-related fields. In addition to enhancing fellowship and facilitating communication, student members are exposed to career information, scholarship opportunities, and community service activities.
UH Core requirements and class listings can be found at this site.
This web site shows information on residency requirements and how your credits transfer into UH Mānoa. The UH catalog can also be viewed from this site.
Student Academic Support Services
Access to student academic support services is important to ensure your success while a student at the University of Hawaiʻi. Below is a listing of some of these services that can also be found in the University of Hawaiʻi Catalog.
- Office of Civic and Community Engagement offers UH Manoa students and community agencies the opportunity to participate in a partnership of volunteer service.
- First Year Programs familiarize students with the array of resources, programs and faculty available at UH providing opportunities to develop personal relationships and enhancing active involvement in the educational process.
- International Student Services provides assistance to international students who come from more than countries to study at UH. Students are advised and helped to adjust to the local and U.S. cultures.
- Kokua Program (Disability Access Services) provides disability access services to students with documented physical and/or mental disabilities. Services include alternative media production, counseling, early registration, note-taking, sign language interpreting, technology access, testing accommodations and campus transportation.
- Learning Assistance Center provides academic counseling and assists students in developing learning skills to increase academic success. Assessment, counseling and support services are also available for students with learning disabilities.
- Mānoa Advising Center serves as a first point of contact for advising and appropriate referrals for incoming students.
- Student Success Center at Sinclair Library offers students a place to study and provides information and skills and a place for students to work with librarians, mentors, tutors and counselors to meet individual needs.
- Student Support Services provides academic advising and planning, tutoring and mentoring to increase college retention, academic success and graduation rates.
- Manoa Writing Center provide free services to equip students with appropriate writing skills so they can become better and more confident writers.
Do not hesitate to discuss your needs with your academic degree advisor who can help refer you to the appropriate resource.
FSHN Course Descriptions
Viewable online at the University of Hawaiʻi catalog.