Note: Effective immediately for new applicants, MBS concentrations Global Food Technology & Innovation and Food Science are now merged into one concentration: Applied Food Science & Technology. If you have any questions, please reach out to your advisor.


The goal of the MBS Food Science concentration is to educate and equip students with the skills and tools necessary to successfully manage both technical developments and commercial applications in the food industry and related consumer-driven industries. Students will not only learn fundamental principles and applications of food science and technology, but will gain fundamental knowledge of key business areas including finance and accounting, entrepreneurship, marketing, communication and leadership, management and planning, intellectual property, ethics, and regulatory. 

Skills Gained

Through expert instruction and experiential education, students will:

  • Gain a comprehensive knowledge of food science and technology as well as food safety
  • Gain fundamental knowledge of key industry-related business areas
  • Learn state-of-the-art scientific methods, processes, and applications
  • Gain an overview of the commercialization process
  • Learn about the guiding principles and best practices for product commercialization

Where our Food Science Alumni Work

There are numerous job opportunities and career paths available to individuals with advanced knowledge of Food Science.

Principal Food ScientistUnilever
Sensory EvaluatorThe Kraft Heinz Company
Scientist, R&D-Product DevelopmentPepsiCo
Food TechnologistThe Bountiful Company
and more!and more!

Preferred Academic or Professional Experience


  • Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in one of the following areas: food science, chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, engineering, or related fields.
  • A course in organic chemistry is preferred. Students without organic chemistry experience will be required to complete a course in their first semester.


  • All professional experience will be considered as part of the application process.

Applicants who are unsure of their eligibility for this concentration should schedule an appointment with an enrollment specialist.

"The MBS program at Rutgers University helped me bring out my strengths and allowed me to work on my weaknesses thus molding me into an improved version of myself. Learning in depth about food science and being exposed into the business world has enhanced my knowledge and helped me add value to both worlds."

- Tanya Vijayanagar, Food Science Graduate