Food engineering programs come in many different formats, depending on career goals and intended length of study. Students may pursue a bachelor's degree in either food engineering or food science and technology while master's programs offer further avenues of study for those wanting to advance their career prospects.
Schools with Food Engineering Programs
The following schools offer undergraduate programs approved by the Institute of Food Technologists.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degree Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Auburn University||Auburn, AL||4-year, Public||Bachelor, Master, Doctor||$11,276 in state, $30,524 out of state|
|Brigham Young University||Provo, UT||4-year, Private||Bachelor, Master||$5,620|
|Clemson University||Clemson, SC||4-year, Public||Bachelor, Master, Doctorate||$15,374 in state, $37,128 out of state|
|Iowa State University||Ames, IA||4-year, Public||Bachelor, Master, Doctorate||$8,988 in state, $23,392 out of state|
|Kansas State University||Manhattan, KS||4-year, Public||Bachelor, Master, Doctorate||$10,383 in state, $25,887 out of state|
|Louisiana State University||Baton Rouge, LA||4-year, Public||Bachelor, Master, Doctorate||$11,950 in state, $28,627 out of state|
|Ohio State University||Wooster, OH||4-year, Public||Bachelor, Master, Doctorate||$7,707 in state, $26,811 out of state|
|Michigan State University||East Lansing, MI||4-year, Public||Bachelor, Master, Doctorate||$14,460 in state, $39,766 out of state|
|University of Minnesota-Twin Cities||Minneapolis, MN||4-year, Public||Bachelor, Master, Doctorate||$14,760 in state, $30,438 out of state|
|University of Wisconsin-Madison||Madison, WI||4-year, Public||Bachelor, Master, Doctorate||$10,555 in state, $36,805 out of state|
Source: National Center for Education Statistics
How to Select a Food Engineering Program
Considerations for the selection of food engineering programs:
- The Institute of Food Technologists has standards for food science/engineering programs that may be pertinent if interested in applying for scholarships through them.
- Some schools have food science clubs or pre-professional associations.
- Many positions require a master's degree; knowing what graduate options are available is useful.
Bachelor of Science in Food Engineering
The BLS has reported that a bachelor's degree in an engineering specialty, such as food engineering, is the minimum educational requirement for many applied food science careers.
Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Technology
Food science and technology programs blend lab-intensive training with didactic coursework.
Master of Professional Studies in Food Science and Technology
Designed for individuals who already have work experience in the field.
Other Graduate Options
In Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy programs in food science and technology, students choose an area of concentration within food science and technology and a minor in an outside field. Research, teaching experience and an oral exam form parts of the curriculum.
Food engineering programs are available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Specialized training and specific focus areas for research are components often incorporated into these programs.