Overview

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 masters 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 processing, packaging, microbiology, fermentation, chemistry, ingredients, product development and food regulation. 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.

Accreditations

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.

Cost

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). 

Admissions

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

Curriculum

Program Structure

The Master of Food Technology degree program is fully online and consists of at least 33 semester hours. 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.

Master of Food Technology Area Courses and Electives

33 Semester Hours Required (6 hours required, 12 hours from Area courses, plus 15 hours of elective courses)

Required Courses

FDST 7007E - Directed Project in Food Science (3 sem hrs)

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

Area Courses

Processing (Select 1 course)

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

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

FDST 7130E - Shelf Life of Packaged Foods and Beverages (3 sem hrs)
 

Microbiology (Select 1 course)

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

FDST 7110E - Food Safety Programs (3 sem hrs)

FDST 7120E - Food Fermentation Technology (3 sem hrs)

Chemistry (Select 1 course)

FDST 7030E - Food Biochemical Reactions (3 sem hrs)

FDST 7070E - Functional Foods (3 sem hrs)

FDST 7150E - Food Ingredients and Function (3 sem hrs)

Product Development, Food Regulation (Select 1 course)

FDST 7100E - Culinary Essentials for the Food Scientist and Technologist (3 sem hrs)

FDST 7140E - Food Regulation and Policy (3 sem hrs)

FDST 7160E - Sensory Analysis for Food Professionals (3 sem hrs)

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

FDST 7250E - Food Product Development (3 sem hrs)

Electives (Select 5 courses)

Select from any courses in either Processing, Microbiology, Chemistry, Product Development, Food Regulation areas.

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

Testimonials

Testimonials

"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