M.S. in Food Science and Flavor Chemistry

TWU's Master of Science in Food Science and Flavor Chemistry prepares you for a career as a flavor chemist.

Over the course of the required 30 semester credit hours, you will take classes in food and flavor chemistry, sensory evaluation and food analysis. You may also declare a minor with this program. A thesis is required.

This program is offered at TWU's Denton campus.

Careers & Salaries

Flavor chemists work in the government and private sectors. Companies that focus on pets, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food and beverages hire flavor chemists to work in areas such as:

  • Production
  • Regulatory control
  • Quality assurance
  • Research and development

Salaries in these fields vary widely. Payscale.com currently lists a median annual income of $67,000 for food chemists.

Why Food Science at TWU?

Flavor chemists are in demand to develop new flavors and reformulate old ones. Because of this, our Nutrition and Food Sciences department has added flavor chemistry courses to its long-standing master's in Food Sciences program. If you want to be ahead of your peers, you will want to earn your degree at TWU.

Program Requirements

As a full-time student, you can complete the coursework and thesis for this degree within two years.

See full program requirements in the Graduate Catalog.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the TWU Graduate School

When you apply to the TWU Graduate School, we will evaluate your academic achievement and preparation, as well as your standardized test scores if required. All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admissions to the TWU Graduate School. In addition, most graduate programs have additional admission requirements that must be completed. These requirements can be found on each graduate program website. After acceptance, you will need to begin your program within one year, unless a deferral has been approved by the program.

Check out the links below for specific admissions information:

*Admission to the M.S. in Food Science and Flavor Chemistry

Program Contact

Xiaofen Du

Application Deadlines

Fall โ€” June 15
Spring โ€” October 1
Summer โ€” April 1

* Our department has rolling admission for all of our graduate programs; however, to ensure a proper start time, we recommend having your application completed by the dates listed above.

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate semester credit hour prerequisites, including
    • Chemistry (9-12 hours)
    • Food Science (6-9 hours)
  • Preferred minimum GRE score of 143 verbal and 141 quantitative; GMAT 330 total or verbal score of 21 and quantitative score or 17; or MCAT total score of 500-507 (125-126 critical analysis/reading; biological and biochemical foundations of living systems: 125-126)
  • Minimum 3.25 GPA on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 undergraduate semester credit hours and all post-baccalaureate and graduate semester credit hours.
  • Applicants who meet the above criteria with exception of GPA may qualify for provisional admission if they have at least a 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale) on the last 60 undergraduate semester credit hours. If the applicant has previously earned graduate credits from TWU or another regionally accredited graduate program, the first 12 credit hours completed will be considered in lieu of the last 60 undergraduate hours.
  • Applicants who meet all other requirements but lack up to 9 semester credit hours of prerequisite undergraduate courses may be admitted provisionally to this program. They will complete all 9 semester credit hours during the first two semesters of graduate work.

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. Take the GRE General Test and submit your GRE scores to TWU (or alternate test identified above.)
  3. Submit A two-page personal statement of interest specific to the area of flavor chemistry as a PDF file to NFSGradAdvising@twu.edu with the subject line (YOUR FULL NAME)-M.S. in Food Science and Flavor Chemistry.

For More Information

Dr. Xiaofen Du

Page last updated 3:09 PM, August 9, 2019