IX. Graduate Programs
Thesis Master's Program Objectives
The objective of this program is to provide graduates with general scientific knowledge as well as a more in-depth understanding of particular aspects of Food Science. This objective is accomplished through course work and departmental research seminars. Extensive laboratory and technical training is obtained by performing experiments under the supervision of a professor and advisory committee. A mandatory communication course also teaches effective oral and written communication. All these training aspects culminate through the writing of the MSc thesis. With this background, MSc graduates will be qualified to obtain positions with responsibility in government and the research, development and production sectors of the food and beverage industry.
To be considered for admission, applicants should hold an honours baccalaureate degree with at least a 'B' average during the last two years of study. Supportive letters of reference are essential and should outline the applicant's strengths and weaknesses. Students whose first language is not English require a TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 89 (internet-based). To assist in identifying a suitable thesis advisor, applicants should submit a short statement of research interests. Admission into the department is contingent on the student obtaining a scholarship or Graduate Research Assistantship. Students may be admitted into the Fall, Winter or Summer semesters.
MSc students are required to register in at least three graduate courses, plus seminar (a minimum of 2.0 credits) and prepare an acceptable thesis. A graduate degree program form signed by the student and approved by the student's advisory committee will be submitted during the first semester for approval of the departmental graduate studies committee. The student must maintain a minimum 'B-' average to remain in the program. Each student is required to take a compulsory seminar course which provides training in technical communications. The thesis research is planned by the student in consultation with the advisor and approved by the advisory committee during the first semester of the program. The program is completed by the successful defense of the thesis.