Master of Food Technology

Offered online through the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the University of Georgia’s online Master of Food Technology (MFT) will teach you how to maximize in-line processing efficiencies, improve food product quality and safety and implement good manufacturing practices in line with current regulation, food safety and HAACP practices.

This fully online, non-thesis master's provides working professionals the opportunity to learn from food industry experts and top food science and technology researchers. The MFT degree offers the opportunity for instruction in core areas of food technology, such as chemistry, microbiology, packaging, processing, ingredients and policy. In addition, the degree offers current and up-to-date information on emerging trends, new regulations and potential innovations. You will learn identification and prevention of product failure, an understanding of the consumer mind and consumer needs, innovation in process optimization for consistent quality and safety, new product formulations to improve human health, and fermentation technology used in the beverage industry.

Whether your bachelor's degree is in food science, chemistry, biology, nutrition, chemical engineering, environmental sciences or other science related field, the MFT will prepare you for a rewarding career in the food industry. Program graduates accept jobs such as Research & Development Director/Innovation, Manager of Quality Assurance, Quality Assurance Auditor, Executive R&D Chef, Senior Process Engineer, Manager of Ingredients and Manager of Sales.


The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows, Mac, or Linux). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones, and printer may be required.
  • High-speed internet access.


Tuition & Fees

Online Tuition $629 per credit hour 33 credit hours $20,757 USD
Student Fees $597 per semester 6 semesters $3,582 USD
Total Program Cost     $24,339 USD

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Tuition is the same regardless of residency. Current tuition and fees are available on the Bursar's Office website. If you register for less than 5 credit hours, student fees are reduced to $372 in that semester.

Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, Special Institutional, and Technology. See UGA Tuition and Fees for the complete schedule of fees.

Other Costs

Additional costs may include:

  • Textbooks
  • Exam proctoring fees
  • Technology upgrades 

Financial Aid

Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.

Corporate Assistance

Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.

Military Assistance

Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.

University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see Tuition Assistance (refer to the Distance Learning section). 


Credit and Transfer

Total Hours Required to Earn Degree:  33 (credit hours)
Maximum Hours Transferable into Program:  6

Admission Requirements

Students applying to The University of Georgia must be accepted by the Graduate School. Persons holding a bachelor's degree from any institution accredited by the proper regional accrediting association are eligible to apply for admission to the Graduate School.

Two years of work experience in the food industry or food-related occupation in the public sector is recommended for admission to this graduate program.

Application Checklist

  1. Application – Submit the Graduate School Admissions online.  Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International.
  2. Select Campus - Online 
  3. Select Intended Program - MFT, Food Technology(Food Science and Technology)[MFT_FTEC_ONL]
  4. Résumé or curriculum vita – Submit online to the Graduate School.
  5. Statement of Purpose – Submit a one-two page statement of purpose online to the Graduate School. The statement of intent should clarify the candidate's relevant background, interests, and goals in relation to the program.
  6. Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.
  7. Letters of Recommendation – Submit three letters of recommendation online to graduate school. Letters should be from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s scholarly ability and potential for success in a graduate program. Preferably at least two of them are from faculty who have instructed the applicant in a previous program of study. The application will prompt your recommenders to submit their letters electronically.

Application Deadlines

Domestic Applicants 

  • Fall:  July 1
  • Spring:  November 15
  • Summer:  May 1

International Applicants

  • Fall:  April 15
  • Spring:  October 15
  • Summer:  February 15


Program Structure

The Master of Food Technology degree program is fully online and consists of at least 33 semester hours which includes 3 hours for the exit project. A student working full time can complete the program in 2.5 - 3 years depending on the number of courses taken per semester. An advisor and graduate committee will work with you to design a program of study that meets your professional needs.

The exit project exposes students to comprehensive literature research and provides training in problem solving and exhaustive analysis of a current topic in food science. At the end of the course work and exit project, students in the non-thesis master's program will take a comprehensive final written and oral exam developed by the advisor and a graduate committee. Entrance requirements are the same as those for the MS degree. This is a professional degree program and will not meet the criteria for admission to the Ph.D. program in Food Science and Technology.


FDST 7010E - Food Formulation and Preservation (3 hours)

Food preservation by chilling, freezing, fermentation, canning, and dehydration. Formulation of food products and interactions of food ingredients. Applications of principles to experiments in food science.

FDST 7020E - Integration of Multidisciplinary Topics in Foods (3 hours)

Role of food processing on physico-chemical and functional properties and safety of foods and ingredients. Course will integrate the multi-disciplinary role of processing methods, control of microbial activity and chemical reactions affecting shelf life, and quality of foods.

FDST 7030E - Food Biochemical Reactions (3 hours)

Biochemistry and functionality of food constituents, structure and function of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and water in foods that influence color, flavor, texture, stability and shelf life of complex food systems. Role of metabolism, fermentation reactions, recombinant DNA technology, and genetically engineered foods to food quality and quantity.

FDST 7060E - Microbial Hazards in Food: Assessment and Control (3 hours)

Common infectious agents and toxins associated with food. Potential for these agents to enter the food supply, strategies for control, the development of microbiological criteria, sampling strategies, and interpretation of data will be discussed. This course will provide microbiological background for the development and implementation of HACCP programs.

FDST 7070E - Functional Foods (3 hours)

Biochemistry and physiological effects of functional food components and their roles as beneficial dietary components, sources for innovative foods and regulatory problems.

FDST 7080E - Contemporary Advances and Issues in Food Packaging Technology (3 hours)

In-depth critical examination of contemporary food packaging advances to facilitate objective assessments of the objectives and issues in implementation.

FDST 7090E - Innovations in Food Processing (3 hours)

A comprehensive overview of newly commercial, near-commercial, and development food processing technologies that might be applicable to presentation, enhancement, production, and for packaging of food products within the next ten years.

FDST 7110E - Food Safety Programs (3 hours)

Hazard analysis throughout the food production system. Identification and monitoring of critical control points. Development and verification of HACCP systems. Microbial spoilage of foods.

FDST 7120E - Food Fermentation Technology (3 hours)

Technology and quality control aspects of lactic acid and alcoholic fermented foods with emphasis on preparation of cultures, fermentation control, shelf life, formation of flavor compounds, and control over physical properties. Characteristics of probiotic cultures and prebiotic food additives will also be covered.

FDST 7140E Food Regulation and Policy (3 hours)
Exploration of different forces that are involved in developing food policy, laws, and regulations that ensure a safe, wholesome, and nutritious food supply. Both domestic and international regulatory policies will be included.

FDST 7150E Food Ingredients and Function (3 hours)
Major food ingredients used in processed foods for specific functionalities are described, with a focus is on ingredients to prepare foods that have desirable quality attributes of taste, cost, and convenience for consumers and are health and healthy weight promoting.

FDST 7160E - Sensory Analysis (3 hour)

Sensory analysis of food for appearance, texture, aroma, flavor; physiology of sensory receptors; trained and consumer sensory panels; interpretation of sensory data, with emphasis on applications for food professionals.

FDST 7180E - Marketing of Value-Added Foods (3 hours)

Increasing the value to consumers of foods from agricultural commodities into ready-to-eat and/or ready-to-heat-and-eat products. Quantifying the need and translating them into augmented products. Ensuring safety and retaining quality throughout the food distribution chain. Communicating the desirable attributes to all channel members and especially consumers. Concept of holistic hurdles to enhance the user benefits of food products.

FDST 7250E - Food Product Development (3 hours)

New food product development technology. Basics of new product development process; establishment and management of a product development project; techniques used for product development, including team approach method, focus group, optimization, up-scaling, sensory evaluation, shelf life and stability testing, nutritional labeling, and HACCP plan; ingredient technology: function and selection; functionality of food components; innovations protection. The course includes case study and a project paper.

FDST 7007E - Directed Project (3 hours)

Supervised advanced analysis of literature of an applied topic in food science.

Contact Information

Contact the online Master of Food Technology Coordinator for answers to any additional questions you may have.

Email us using the request for information form or call 1 (706) 452-7928



"I was excited to be among a network of peers who were similarly interested in this niche world of learning about how food is made and how to make it better. I knew that was something I wanted to be a part of.  The reputation of UGA has opened so many doors for me, led me to meet incredible friends during college, and allowed me to connect with our alumni networks far and wide." - Zane Tackett, '20

"When I meet with customers I now have a broader understanding of how they are processing their products which helps me to ask better questions, so I can understand the issues they are facing and I am able to make suggestions to improve their product or save them money. The online Master of Food Technology degree made me a more valuable employee to the company I work for and opened doors for more advancements in my career." - David Gill,' 20

"The professors in the Food Technology program were highly knowledgeable with impressive credentials and they were very accessible." -Paul Rockwell,'11