College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Master of Science in Agriculture

Master of Science in Agriculture

Food Science and Management option

Washington State University’s Master of Science in Agriculture: Food Science and Management degree and option brings together two disciplines:  Food science and organizational management.  The 11841278223_3ba48d442f_ccombination means that you will be uniquely qualified to meet the increasing demand for managers who understand both research and economics.

Real world expertise

Program director Dr. Barbara Rasco is an internationally recognized food scientist/engineer and fellow with the Institute of Food Technologists.  She is also an attorney with expertise in food law and regulatory compliance.

Dr. Rasco has years of industrial experience in research, manufacturing and quality control and has provided technical and legal assistance to dozens of corporations in 37 countries.  She has advised governments on food regulations, policy and regulatory compliance.

Admissions Requirements

Application requirements include a bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 or better GPA; a Bachelor’s of Science degree in a related area, such as food science, agriculture, or horticulture is preferred. No GRE is required. All international applicants must demonstrate a basic proficiency in English by submitting official TOEFL scores; the minimum TOEFL score is 80 (internet-based). Applications must be submitted via the Graduate School’s online application, no later than 60 days prior to the term, to allow adequate time for processing and evaluation.  Review additional admission criteria here.   TIP–in the online application, be sure to select the proper program (Agriculture-Food Science and Management option under ‘Agriculture’).

Curriculum and Program Requirements

The Master of Science in Agriculture (MS in Ag) degree, Food Science and Management non-thesis option requires 30 total credit hours (26 graded, 4 research) comprising of 10 required MS in Ag core credits, a number of food science credits, and economics/management credits. Details are outlined in the Food Science and Management advising guide.

Non-thesis students may choose either a traditional project-based option or an industry, immersion-based option involving a practicum/internship. Refer to our Program Requirements page for details.


You will have the same diplomas as an on-campus student–a diploma backed by a century-old reputation for excellence.


Washington Stae University is fully accredited.

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