Master of Food Science (MFS)

Overview

The Master of Food Science (MFS) program was launched in 2007 with a focus to prepare students for professional work in the food industry or government. Since its inception, the MFS program has trained up to 30 graduate students per year.

After completing two semesters of course work, the program culminates with a 15‑week summer practicum in which the students get hands-on experience, working on a project in an industry or government setting. Throughout the years students have helped local, national and international food sectors to solve problems and provide advances in food safety, risk assessment, product development, sensory analysis and process validation studies.

Many of our alumni have commented that the combination of courses and practicum in this program has helped them to develop skills required for the current job market. In consultation with students, alumni and industry, the program continues to evolve, incorporating current topics relevant to the food sector.

What makes the program unique?

MFS program is the only program in Canada to offer a one-year, non-thesis Master of Food Science degree. The program is unique in combining graduate level courses with a high quality practicum experience.

Every year a number of practicum sites either hire or extend their student’s contract. Although not all practicums result in an offer for post-graduation employment, some employers use their professional networks to refer graduates to their colleagues within the food sector.

Quick Facts

Degree
Master of Food Science
Subject
Agriculture and Forestry
Mode of delivery
On campus
Specialization
Food Science
Program Components
Coursework only
Faculty
Faculty of Land and Food Systems

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Research Information

Program Components

The MFS practicum is a 6 credit course offered in the third term of the program. All students are placed in practicum sites at the beginning of May, after they have completed all required courses, including a practicum-preparatory workshop.

Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

90
22
21
22
21

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

6.5
6.0
6.0
6.0
6.0

Prior degree requirements

Undergraduate degree in Food Science or related subject.

Prerequisites / Course Requirements

The following subjects are prerequisites for the program and normally are taken before entering the program.

Non Food Science Courses:
Organic Chemistry - 2 courses
Biochemistry - 2 courses
Calculus - 1 course
Physics - 2 courses
Statistics - 1 course
Microbiology- 2 courses

And in the area of Food Science: Four courses (12 credits) from the following six core courses .

Food Process Science (FNH 309)
Food Chemistry I (FNH 301)
Food Analysis (FNH 302)
Food Laws, Regulations, & Quality Assurance (FNH 403)
Micro Organisms in Food Systems (FNH 313)
Principles in Food Engineering (FNH 300)

Deadline Details

Application Deadline

Deadline to submit online application. No changes can be made to the application after submission.

Transcript Deadline

Deadline to upload scans of official transcripts through the applicant portal in support of a submitted application. Information for accessing the applicant portal will be provided after submitting an online application for admission.

Referee Deadline

Deadline for the referees identified in the application for admission to submit references. See Letters of Reference for more information.

September 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
15 September 2018
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 January 2019
Transcript Deadline: 01 January 2019
Referee Deadline: 01 February 2019
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 January 2019
Transcript Deadline: 01 January 2019
Referee Deadline: 01 February 2019

Career Options

Our graduates are hired by local and international companies and government agencies in positions of Quality Assurance Coordinator, Quality Control Manager, Technical Director, Research and Development Specialist, Product Design Specialist, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs Specialist, Process Scientist and Consultant. A few graduates have pursued further studies towards a Ph.D. degree. You are encouraged to visit our Linkedin website to meet some of our graduates.

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$104.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$4,144.58$12,113.51
Minimum installments assessed for program completion33
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) Not applicable
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$930.14 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)
Deposit to accept offer (if admitted)
Deposit requirement$300.00$840.00
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

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September 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
15 September 2018
Canadian Applicant Deadline
01 January 2019
International Applicant Deadline
01 January 2019

Program Information

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