Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

Applying to the FSHN Graduate Program

Apply online for the Food Science and Human Nutrition graduate program.

All supporting materials (transcripts, letters of reference, personal statement, etc.) should be uploaded directly to the online application.

Food Science and Human Nutrition graduate student applicants:

  • Should have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (A=4.0)
  • Are required to take the GRE examination (additional resources about the GRE interpretation and requirements)
  • Are required to provide three letters of reference
  • Are required to submit a statement of professional interest
  • From non-English speaking countries should submit TOEFL/IELTS scores with their application materials.

Minimum acceptable score requirements are available on the Graduate College website. *If your internet-based test TOEFL score is between 79-102, you can still be admitted, but on limited status, as per the rules of the University of Illinois Graduate College. Students who remain on limited status are not eligible for financial support from this institution.

  • Must find a faculty member willing to train them and serve as their major professor before they can be accepted into the Department.

Although applications will be posted for faculty to review, we suggest that applicants take a proactive role by directly contacting faculty members with whom they would be interested in working. A full list of faculty and their research areas is available on the faculty page.

Food Science and Human Nutrition does not require additional information beyond that which is necessary through the online application, but applicants should include a brief phrase that describes their research focus in the ‘other specialization’ section of the application.

To receive full consideration for fellowship support for the fall semester, application materials should be received by December 15.

Deadlines for applying:

Fall Admission - May 15,
Spring Admission - October 1,
Summer Admission - February 15.

Pre-requisite Suggestions

Students with undergraduate degrees in the sciences (chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, chemical engineering, nutrition, food science, etc.) generally have already taken the prerequisite courses for our first year graduate-level classes. If you have a non-science background and are interested in food science, before applying you should take courses in general chemistry, organic chemistry, microbiology, physics, statistics, and calculus. Students interested in nutrition should take courses in general chemistry, organic chemistry, microbiology, physiology, and statistics before applying.

International Applicants

Since we have a large number of international applicants each year, admission is very competitive. We only admit a few international students each year. International students who have attended an English-speaking university and/or who come to visit our campus generally have a better chance for admission.

Please request that Educational Testing Service (ETS) send the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) your TOEFL (international students) and GRE scores (ETS codes: UIUC-1836, Department-00).

Program Codes

10KS0037MS Food Science and Human Nutrition MS
10KS0037PHD Food Science and Human Nutrition PHD