Food Science and Technology, PhD
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.
- Industry positions at major food companies
- Research positions in government and major research centers
- Academic positions at major research universities
Graduate Admission Requirements
- Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
- Transcripts (unofficial): Uploaded as part of application form.
If International: Uploads must include all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certiﬁcates, diplomas, and degrees plus certiﬁed English translations.
After admission: 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 applicant’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.
Program-Specific 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.
- Other Upload: FDST-PHD Professional Development Supplemental Form PDF.
- Three recommendation letters
- Publications, Certifications, etc. (optional): On the application's Additional Information page, you may upload or provide a URL for abstracts, publications, documentation of special recognitions or certifications, etc. Do not duplicate information/documents uploaded elsewhere in the application.
- Funding/Assistantship: Doctoral applicants must indicate and obtain funding other than personal/self-funded.
Admission Application Deadlines
- Fall (August) Admission:
- December 15 for Priority Fall Admission, to be considered for special recruitment fellowships in addition to assistantship opportunities.
- Otherwise February 15 for Fall.
- Spring (January) Admission: September 15.
- Summer (May) Admission: December 15.
The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment.
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