Food Science

Overview

The objective of the MBS Food Science Concentration is to educate students about the essential skills for managing technical development and commercial applications in the food and related consumer driven industries. The students will be taught the principles and applications of food science and technology, management and planning, food safety, teamwork, communications skills, and fundamentals of making proper financial decisions.

The rapid progress in all sciences and globalization of the economy has created new demands for advanced degree recipients, including food scientists. Our graduates find themselves in situations where, in addition to a solid food science education, a sound knowledge of broadly defined business skills is necessary for professional  success.  Many of them have become leaders in food industry, government, and academia. There is a need for this program to enable our graduates to utilize their scientific background to not only create new ideas but to also convert them into commercially successful applications. This program will provide benefits to both graduates and the industry. 

Admissions Requirements

The Graduate Program in Food Science requires GRE scores, two letters of recommendation, official transcripts from the prospective applicants, and acceptable TOEFL for international students whose native languages are not English. The applicants should have a Bachelor's degree in one of the following: food science, chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, engineering, or related fields. A course in organic chemistry is preferred. Students without organic chemistry will have to complete a course in their first semester. Applicants concerned about appropriateness of their background should contact the Food Science concentration coordinator.

Program Requirements

For the Master of Business & Science (MBS) degree, students take 8 courses (24 credits) in the sciences and 19 credits in business. The business requirements include courses in finance & accounting, marketing, communication & leadership, capstone, ethics and electives. The business curriculum is listed here. The science courses for the Food Science concentration are given below.

I.  Business Courses

A total of 19 credits are required in the business curriculum. Six courses are required - all but one of the courses are for 3 credits each. Descriptions of the required Business Courses can be found here:

Principles of Communication and Professional Development (16:137:502) (3cr)

Principles of Accounting and Finance for Science and Technology (16:137:530) (3cr)

Market Assessment and Analysis for Business and Science - Life Sciences (16:137:507) (3cr)

Ethics in Science and Technology Management (16:137:500) (1cr)

Science and Technology Management Capstone (16:137:600) (3cr)

and 2 business electives (e.g., Project Management, Data Curation, Information Visualization, et al.) (6cr)

II.  Science Courses

The student must take at least two of the department core courses and 6 electives.  

Core Courses:

16:400:513 Food Chemistry Fundamentals (3) (Fall)
16:400:514 Food Biology Fundamentals (3) (Spring)
16:400:507 Food Engineering Fundamentals (4) (Spring)

Students who wish to focus on 'Food Safety & Biosecurity' and 'Functional Foods & Product Development' should take the electives listed under the corresponding sub-concentration. 

Food Safety & Biosecurity

16:400:605 Microbial Food Safety (3)
16:400:526 Predicting Shelf Life of Foods (3) (Fall)
16:400:519 Food Safety (3) or, HACPP course offered by RU_COED

Functional Foods & Product Development

11:400:412 Food Product Development (3) 
16:400:530 Advanced Food Sensory Science (3) (Spring)
16:400:526 Predicting Shelf Life of Foods (3) (Fall)
11:400:410 Nutraceuticals: Food/Herb/Supplements (3)

Electives

Course Descriptions 

Concentration Coordinators

Concentration Coordinators:

Dr. Paul Takhistov
takhistov@aesop.rutgers.edu

Related Concentrations: BiotechnologyChemistryDrug Discovery & Development

The MBS (Master of Business & Science) is a Professional Science Master's Degree combining graduate science courses (MS level) in a particular concentration with courses in business.