Safe, high quality, and functional foods are vital components of nutritious diets around the world.  The Biological Sciences - Food Science Specialization program at South Dakota State University offers excellent opportunities for graduate level coursework and research leading to academic or industry careers in Food Science. 
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Graduate students receive advanced preparation related to food processing, product development, and food safety.  Biological Sciences - Food Science Specialization at South Dakota State University  is a multi-disciplinary program that is administered by the Department of Dairy and Food Science; but may also include such diverse areas as animal science, food grain processing, and agricultural & biosystems engineering.

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Hold an undergraduate or master's degree in food science, microbiology or chemistry
  • Are a problem solver and analytical thinker
  • Want to lead research in the lab
  • Are interested in developing new food innovations
  • Are imaginative and creative

Career Opportunities

  • Product developer
  • Research scientist
  • Academia
  • Food plant operations manager
  • Food safety specialist

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits

    60-90 credits

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • The student, major advisor and Advisory Committee select the discipline specific emphasis area of the biological sciences. 
  • The courses will be identified on the student’s Plan of Study no later than the end of the first year of study.

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Graduate students must consult with their advisor before registering for graduate coursework.
  • At least two letters of reference and a personal statement that includes a description of the applicants’ involvement in research, the applicants research interest, and career goals will be required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    647 USD/credit
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  • National

    647 USD/credit
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  • In-State

    336 USD/credit
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Living costs for Brookings

  • 1085 - 1890 USD/month
    Living Costs

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