Food Process Engineering (M.A.S.)

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The Master of Food Process Engineering program prepares students in all aspects relating to food processing, including the engineering principles of food, food process design, food biotechnology, and statistical quality process control.

A unique collaborative research program between Illinois Tech and the United States Food and Drug Administration—located at Illinois Tech's Moffett Campus—provides our master's students with the opportunity to work on projects alongside FDA scientists. This practical experience gives students critical exposure to how the FDA approaches food processing issues in a cooperative setting that only exists at Illinois Tech. Graduates report that hands-on experiences like these are a distinctive advantage when competing for jobs in the food industry.
 

Please note that some programs designated as online require in-person coursework such as lab, classroom participation, or a thesis. As such, all courses will be offered fully online for the fall 2020 semester, however, some courses in subsequent semesters may require in-person attendance.

Program Overview

The Master of Food Process Engineering program prepares students in all aspects relating to food processing, including the engineering principles of food, food process design, food biotechnology, and statistical quality process control.

Career Opportunities

Graduates accept positions within the processing and food manufacturing sectors of the food industry, including:

  • Food manufacturing operations
  • Process development
  • Food processing compliance
  • Quality assurance

Admission to the graduate program normally requires a bachelor’s degree in chemistry; biology; food science; or chemical, agricultural, food, or environmental engineering, or a related field.

A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required, as well as a GRE score of 295 (Verbal and Quantitative). A TOEFL score of 550 (paper), 213 (computer), and 80 (internet) is required for international applicants.

Students applying for non-thesis academic programs with an undergraduate degree from a major United States university with a cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 or higher may not be required to submit a GRE score.