Future Graduate Students

MSc and PhD Food Science 

MSc and GDip Food Safety & Quality Assurance 

Food Science MSc (thesis) and PhD programs

Food Science is a combination of all the pure sciences. A Food Scientist applies knowledge of microbiology, sensory analysis, biochemistry, chemistry, physics and engineering.

A Day in the Life of Xinya Wang, MSc Student

The essential role of a Food Scientist is focused on how to enhance the quality, safety, functionality and nutrition of foods. This is reflective in the research performed within the Department of Food Science at Guelph.  For example, food safety research is directed towards studying approaches to prevent, detect or decontaminate foods. Food preservation methods are researched that encompass processing technologies and packaging innovations. The application of science to improve the quality of dairy products, chocolate, ice cream, cereals and meat are also studied. Research into methods of food analysis and sensory science as well as studies around nutraceuticals and functional foods are high profile research areas.

Learn more about the graduate experience in the Department of Food Science by viewing our YouTube video.

Applying to the MSc FOOD (thesis-based) and PhD FOOD programs:

As part of the application requirements, you are required to secure a faculty advisor to supervise your program. Our faculty profiles describe their research programs in more detail and can be found in our faculty directory.  You are encouraged to review the information posted.

Your admission application will require the department supplemental document, the Application Fact Sheet. Complete the Application Fact sheet found at the bottom of this webpage to include in your application package via WebAdvisor.  

DUE DATES for the MSc FOOD (thesis-based) and PhD FOOD applications:

Note: International applicants should apply with consideration given to time needed for immigration procedures if you receive an offer.  

Winter semester (January): by November 1st
Summer semester (May): by March 1st
Fall semester (September): by July 1st

Offer letters indicate the requirement for official transcripts by the first 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.

Applications are evaluated on academic performance in a relevant field of study, referee assessments, statement of interest and experience in appropriate and related fields.  

Postings of available Graduate Student (MSc & PhD thesis) positions are listed on the lower section of the Food Science main website under Graduate Student, Research & Faculty Positions.

For more information on how the application process works, review Applying to Guelph

Financial Resources:

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Visit our Graduate Studies program page for the MSc and PhD Food Science programs.

Contact Information

Graduate Program Coordinator (MSc thesis and PhD):
Dr. Iris Joye
519-824-4120 ext 52470

Academic Programs Assistant (MSc thesis and PhD):
Tricia Townsend

Food Safety & Quality Assurance Master of Science (MSc FSQA) or Graduate Diploma (GDip FSQA)

This course based graduate program is designed to provide a balance of scientific and management principles underlying Food Safety and Quality Assurance.  This program is intended for those currently employed as food scientists, food engineers, public health or food safety inspectors, as well as those who have recently graduated from programs with appropriate scientific backgrounds. 

The FSQA program curriculum provides students with knowledge of food policy development in Canadian and international food regulatory environments, applied aspects of total-quality management, food safety management, food risk analysis including microbial and chemical food safety issues, and detection and epidemiology of foodborne pathogens.   

The GDip FSQA is comprised of 5 online courses.  The MSc FSQA includes online and on campus courses and a two semester research project course. 

The MSc FSQA has two options - an entirely online distance delivery option as well as a hybrid online/on campus option.  The distance delivery fully online option requires the applicant have support from their employer to do a research project over the winter and summer semesters.  The hybrid option involves a research project with Graduate Faculty and requires being on campus.  In addition to online courses, students choosing the hybrid option have on campus elective courses from diverse fields of study.   

More information on courses can be found on the Office of Graduate Studies website - Food Safety & Quality Assurance

Application Information:

Domestic applicants can apply for September 2021 entry up until July 1, 2021. Please note that offers of admission will start in April 2021 and space is limited.

International applicants can apply for September 2022 entry up until November 1, 2021.  The international applicant competition for September 2021 is now closed.

Applications to the FSQA graduate program are evaluated on academic performance in a relevant field of study (minimum B admission average), two referee assessments, a statement of interest in the program and/or career goals, and any work experience in appropriate and related fields. 

Success in the graduate level FSQA courses requires an academic background in microbiology, toxicology, statistics, and analytical methods.  

If you do not have a background in Food Science, you may wish to take courses online in the Food Science Certificate before applying for the FSQA program.  The following courses are suggested:

Please review the Graduate Studies application process for instructions on providing documents to support your application. 

The supplemental document required for an FSQA application should include a statement of interest in the program with any resume or CV details you wish to include.  Applicants to the MSc FSQA program must also indicate in their statement of interest if they are applying for the hybrid delivery option (on campus and online) or distance delivery option (fully online).  For those applying to the distance delivery option of the MSc FSQA, an employer letter of support for the workplace research project must be included in the supplemental document.

Contact Information

For information on academic background requirements, please contact:

Graduate Coordinator (FSQA Program)
Dr. Lawrence Goodridge

For information on the application process or program details, please contact:

Graduate Program Assistant (FSQA Program)
Kay Norwell