The M.S. program requires 32 semester hours of course work including a thesis based on research conducted by the student. Research interests of faculty can be found on this web page.

The M.A. program requires the same number of credits with completion of an essay. An M.A. program leading to a degree with an emphasis in Food Service Management is also available.

Effective September 9, 2011, following approval by the Graduate Faculty of the Department, a new Graduate Student Code of Ethics has been implemented. ALL Departmental Graduate Students must adhere to this. The form can be accessed here NFS Graduate Student Code of Ethics and is also available in the Departmental Office. A signed copy of the form must be turned into the Departmental Office at your earliest. Forms can be turned in at the Student Orientation meeting in September.

For a list of Graduate Courses visit the Wayne State Graduate Bulletin website.

For more information on our Master's programs click here


Admission criteria (as laid out by Wayne State University's Graduate School) to the Master's program include:

  • an undergraduate degree with a major in science
  • a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (please note that the mean GPA of admitted students in 2013 was 3.5)
  • GRE test scores (these MUST be provided at the time of the application)
  • two letters of recommendation (please arrange for these to be received along with your application)

Applications are accepted year round - but students can only start the program in the Fall semester. Students are encouraged to apply by February 1 (for admission the following Fall semester), in order to meet various deadlines for funding (e.g. Graduate Professional Scholarship - for which the application deadline is March 1). Incoming students are expected to have the equivalent of the following upper level undergraduate courses (or their equivalents):

  • Human Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Food Chemistry
  • Introductory Microbiology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • one semester of Organic Chemistry

To apply for the Master's program go to the Wayne State Graduate Admissions page.

Contact Information

For further information please email the Graduate Director at




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