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Chapman University

Food Science Program

Orange, CA


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Chapman University


Master of Science in Food Science

Chapman University's M.S. in Food Science is the perfect graduate degree program to turn passion for science and food into a rewarding career.

Food Science uses biology, chemistry, physical sciences, psychology and engineering to study the properties of foods. Food scientists develop innovative ways to process, preserve, or package food, thereby making our food supply safer, sustainable and more nutritious. The food science industry represents one of the healthiest industries in the world, from food processing to food sales contributing close to $42.2 billion to the U.S. economy.

Students in the program learn how to apply scientific principles to study the properties of food and to develop innovative ways to process and package foods resulting in safe, sustainable and nutritious food choices. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for food scientists is projected to increase 10% until 2020, and job prospects in Southern California especially continue to grow steadily.

More than 1,500 food-processing companies are located within a 90-mile radius of Chapman University's campus in Orange County, California. In fact, most students in the program obtain work experience via internships and the program's job placement rate is close to 100%. Graduates have found employment with:

-Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc.
-Disney Consumer Products
-Dr Pepper/Seven-Up
-Fresh Express
-Nestle, USA
-Ready Pac Foods, Inc.
-Starbucks corporate headquarters
-Sunkist Growers, Inc.
-Taco Bell corporate headquarters
And many, many more

Chapman University also offers the following dual degree programs:

-MBA/MS in Food Science
-JD/MS in Food Science

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Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Science/Master of Business Administration (MS/MBA)
Master of Science (MS)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 14

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Entrance Exam GRE or GMAT
Thesis Alternate accepted


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline May 1st Not reported No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE or GMAT

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Types of financial support available Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 6.25%
Black or African American 4.17%
White or Caucasian 29%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 20.83%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 8.33%
Unknown 10.42%


Male (35%)
Female (64%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 4
Part-time - 9
Male (1)
Female (12)

Location & Contact

Address One University Drive
Orange, CA  92866
United States
Contact Dr. Anuradha Prakash
Program Director
Phone: 714-744-7895