University of Guelph–Master of Food Science PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Food science impacts every person
Food scientists fill the gap between the production of farm goods and the year-round delivery of food to the global consumer. Food scientists apply the disciplines of chemistry, physics and microbiology to the processing and product development of safe and healthy foods. They are employed by all levels of the food-processing sector from entrepreneurial to multinational. Whether the products are fresh fruits, vegetables or meats, frozen foods, dairy products, cereals or beer and wine, food scientists have transformed these products from raw ingredients to consumer goods. All technical aspects of food, from processing and packaging to quality and safety, are the work of food scientists. Develop new products, innovate healthy eating options and ensure food safety.
The global population faces all sorts of challenges around the topic of food: production, nutrition, convenience and safety. This program is your opportunity to learn the skills you need to make an impact on people’s everyday lives and see the direct applications of your work.
DUE DATES for the MSc FOOD (thesis-based) and PhD FOOD applications:
Winter semester (January): by November 1st
Summer semester (May): by March 1st
Fall semester (September): by July 1st
International applicants should apply with consideration given to time needed for immigration procedures if you receive an offer. Offer letters indicate the requirement for official transcripts by the 14th class day of the semester in which you start your program. International students are required to submit a valid study permit and passport when they arrive on campus.
Some departments require a GRE test score as part of their application. Please see department website for specific requirements (note: some departments require the general test, while other require both general and subject test).
Education Testing Service (ETS) uses 0892 as the Institution Code for the University and 99 or 01 as Department Codes for the Graduate Studies Office when reporting GRE.
GRE scores are valid for five years from the test date.
Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
Some departments require a GMAT score as part of their application. Please see department website for specific requirements.
Institution Code for the University of Guelph is: 0892
GMAT scores are valid for five years from the test date.
If you are offered admission and you choose to accept your offer of admission, please mail final official transcripts to the Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies at the University of Guelph. Do not send your official transcripts until you accept your offer of admission. Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies
Level 3, University Centre
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario Canada N1G 2W1 Note: We strongly encourage international students to order their official transcripts in advance to avoid a delay in processing final requirements and meeting the conditions of their offer. Once you receive notification of your decision, you will have the required documents in hand and will be ready to forward final official copies to the Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies.
All post-secondary education (university level) must be declared on your online application. This includes incomplete studies and transfer credit courses.
Transcripts for all post-secondary education institutions attended must be provided (including any incomplete studies/programs and transfer credit courses).
Academic transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended (past and/or current) showing all courses and marks (please ensure all transcript dates/legends/keys/grading scales are included in your uploaded document).
Applicants from the University of Guelph may upload a copy of their WebAdvisor transcripts for admission purposes. You must declare your academic study at the University of Guelph on your application.
Transcripts must be in the original language and include a certified translation if the transcript is not in English (uploaded as one document on WebAdvisor).
When the official transcript is issued in French by a Canadian institution where the official language of instruction is French, no English language translation is required.
All final documents submitted to the University of Guelph, become the property of the University and will not be returned (transcripts, degree certificates, test scores, etc.)
A minimum of 2 academic references are required for admission to graduate studies at the University of Guelph (our application allows for 3 references). Some departments require additional references to support an application. Any referees beyond the allotted 3 referees, must be submitted directly to the department. Please see departmental website for more information.
We recommend you contact your referees prior to submitting your online application to confirm their availability, email address and willingness to provide/submit the Referee Assessment form on your behalf.
Once you submit and pay for your application, your referees will receive an email in 5 working days with instructions and a link to our Referee Assessment form. Please note: we cannot expedite this process.
Referees should be advised to complete the Referee Assessment form before the application deadline (review departmental website for program specific deadline).
Referees will be sent a reminder email prompting them to complete the Referee Assessment form approximately every 14 days if we have not received their assessment.
Referee Forms do not expire.
Once your referee submits the Referee Assessment form, this document will be marked as 'Received' on your WebAdvisor checklist (please note: applicants are not privy to the contents/information references provide on the Referee Assessment form).
Your application will not be forwarded to the department until all referees identified on your application, submit the Referee Assessment form.
If you apply to more than one program, the referees identified on your application must be the same for both programs. Your referees will receive a request for each program to which you have applied.
If your referees require more information about the referee process or are having technical problems please visit the Information for Referees website.
MA/MSc/MASc (does not include executive programs i.e. MA (Leadership) etc.)
International -Part- time tuition & fees please see Student Financial Services website
Room & Board
Books & Supplies
Miscellaneous (entertainment, sales taxes, eye glasses, minor repairs, etc.)
Please note that these estimates do not include the purchase and up-keep of computer hardware or software nor travel for international students who play on returning home during their studies. Please budget appropriately.
Guelph has an extremely generous scholarship program that recognizes academic achievements and supports students in their continuation of study. In 2016, $28.9 million in scholarships were awarded to Guelph students.
Scholarships are given on the basis of meritorious achievement and can include things like extra-curricular activities, demonstrated leadership ability and volunteerism. Recipients are acknowledged for their past achievements and the reward is given to encourage further study and accomplishment. This means that students must be registered to receive their scholarship. Many scholarships at the University of Guelph do not require students to apply, but some require an application.
It is understood that merit award winners' names will be released to donors and may be published as a condition of the award.