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General Policy Statement

Although most applicants to the Ph.D. program have already obtained a Master's degree in Food Science or a related program, the M.S. degree is not a prerequisite for entrance into the doctorate program.

The Graduate Program and Admissions committee will consider requests from exceptionally qualified students who have received or anticipate receiving a B.S. degree, and from students currently enrolled in the Food Science M.S. program who wish to transfer into the Ph.D. program without first completing the M.S. requirements. Final approval of all applications will be made by the Department Head upon recommendation of the Graduate Program and Admissions Committee.

New applicants with only a B.S. degree or equivalent who are not accepted into the Ph.D. program may apply for entrance into the M.S. program. Accepted students who subsequently fail the Candidacy Examination with no opportunity for retake or who fail the exam twice, may transfer to the M.S. program. In this case, credits earned while enrolled in the Ph.D. program may apply to course requirements for the M.S. degree.

Current M.S. students who are not approved for transfer into the Ph.D. program may continue their M.S. studies without penalty. Accepted transfer students who subsequently fail the Candidacy Examination with no opportunity for retake or who fail the exam twice, may return to the M.S. program. In this case, credits earned while enrolled in the Ph.D. program may apply to course requirements for the M.S. degree.