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Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.)

The Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) in Agriculture and Life Sciences degree is a course-based, one year, master's level degree offered by the Field of Food Science and Technology at Cornell.  The M.P.S. is a professional degree designed for people who are already in a professional career but desire to upgrade their skills and knowledge.  The M.P.S. is also suitable for students who possess a non-food science, but related, bachelor degree who want to pursue a career in food science and want to acquire the necessary knowledge base.  

Students who hold a non-science bachelor degree (e.g. history, English, business, etc) and are interested in studying food science at the graduate level can prepare themselves for the M.P.S degree by successfully completing approximately 15 credit hours of science-based coursework prior to applying.  Suggested courses include General Biology, Calculus, Chemistry with lab, Organic Chemistry with lab, Physics, and Microbiology.

M.P.S. Specializations

The Field of Food Science and Technology offers seven areas of specialization for MPS degree candidates.  Click on the links below to view prerequisites and course suggestions for each specialization.   

Master of Professional Studies, Agriculture & Life Sciences offered through the Field of Food Science & Technology at Cornell:

A Model for the Development of a Course-Based Graduate Degree in Food Science and Technology