Food Science and Technology (PHD)


Food Science and Technology, PhD

On Campus 90 cr

Advancing available healthy foods through safety and processing sustainability


As a graduate student in our program, you will work closely with internationally recognized faculty. Our research areas are dedicated to solving real problems within the food system, from harvest to food processing to consumption to individual health. We invite you to work long side faculty conducting research on food allergens, bioinformatics, biotechnology, food chemistry, food engineering, human health, food microbiology, food processing, food safety, and risk analysis.

Food Science and Technology faculty are located in the Food Innovation Center on Nebraska Innovation Campus (NIC). The Food Innovation Center includes state-of-the-art classrooms, teaching labs, and wet/dry lab research space. It also includes clinical facilities, sensory lab, and pilot plants.

The program is highly flexible allowing you to tailor your curriculum to meet your individual interests and goals. Alumni now hold positions in industry, at academic institutions and in government agencies.

Career Pathways

  • Industry positions at major food companies
  • Research positions in government and major research centers
  • Academic positions at major research universities


  1. Bioinformatics

Graduate Admission Requirements

  • Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • One set of transcripts.
  • If International: upload copies of all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certificates, diplomas, and degrees plus certified English translations.

    * Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certified records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certified copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.

  • If the student’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.

    * When sending TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed

  • If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
  • Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.

Major Admission Requirements

  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal Statement: In two pages or less, your statement should include the following: 1) motivation for pursuing graduate study including personal and/or career ambitions; 2) past experiences (research, teaching, work, volunteering) that have influenced your professional goals.
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Professional Development Supplemental Form

Admission Deadlines

  • December 15 for Priority Fall (August) Admission to be considered for special recruitment fellowships in addition to assistantship opportunities.
  • February 15 for Fall (August) Admission
  • September 15 for Spring (January) Admission
  • December 15 for Summer (May) Admission

Graduate Chair

Amanda Ramer-Tait

Support Staff

Julie McManamey

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