Global Food Technology & Innovation(Online/Hybrid)


The objective of the Master of Business & Science degree in Global Food Technology and Innovation is to educate students about the essential skills for managing technical development and commercial applications in the food and related consumer driven industries. The goal is to promote and establish effective training, and career program that strengthen the skills and abilities of new generation of Food industry professionals capable to work in new global environment. The program includes principles and applications of: Food Post harvest Technology, Preservation & Safety; Food Global Supply chain Management; Food Product Innovation; International Regulation and Quality  control in Global Food Supply chain; and basic business and leadership skills. This program is designed around an interdisciplinary curriculum. Students will gain specialized knowledge in basic principles of the food technology, value added food product development, managing the flow of food products through the supply chain, developing logistics strategies, merging transportation policies with production and marketing tactics, and global supply chain analysis and planning. This combination of management and Food/Ag industry specific knowledge will provide a specialized skill set to prepare students for effective work in challenging and fast pacing environment of the global food market.

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Admissions Requirements

The Graduate Program in Global Food Technology & Innovation 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

The Master of Business & Science (MBS) degree is an interdisciplinary degree consisting of both science and business courses. It is a 43 credit master’s degree: 8 courses (24 credits) in the sciences –PLUS- 7 courses (19 credits) in business.

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 - 6 credits (e.g., project management, supply chain, Intellectual property, etc.)

II.  Science Courses

Science Courses: 8 courses, 24 credits: 4 required courses, 4 elective courses:

Required Course I: Fundamentals of Food Technology/Science (take 1 course from the following list):

Food Technology and Plant Operation (4cr)

Chemistry of Food and Natural Products (3cr)

16:400:507 Food Engineering Fundamentals (4cr)

Required Course II: Global Food Regulation (take 1 course from the following list):

16:137:577 Current Regulation and Standards for Foods and Cosmetics in Domestic and International Trade (3cr)

Required Course III: Food Innovation (take 1 course from the following list):

16:137:575 Food Business Innovation (3cr)

Required Course IV: Food Supply & Quality (take 1 course from the following list):

22:799:692 Supply Chain Management (3cr)

16:540:580 Quality Management (3cr)

16:137:603: Special Topics: Global Food Supply and Quality Management (3cr)

Suggested Electives – take 4 courses (other electives are also available):

16:137:576 Concepts in Global Agriculture (3)

Chemistry of Food and Natural Products (3)

16:400:514 Food Biology Fundamentals (3)

16:400:507 Food Engineering Fundamentals (4)

16:400:605 Microbial Food Safety (3)

16:400:526 Predicting Shelf Life of Foods (3)

16:400:519 Food Safety (3)

11:400:412 Food Product Development (3)

16:400:530 Advanced Food Sensory Science (3)

11:400:410 Nutraceuticals in Functional Foods, Herbs, and Supplements (3)

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Concentration Coordinators

Dr. Paul Takhistov

Related ConcentrationsFood Science

 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. 

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