The Department of Food Science and Technology suggests students submit applications at least six months before the semester they wish to start. Our deadlines are April 1 (domestic and international) for fall semester admission, and October 1 (domestic and international) for spring semester admission. Applications, including recommendation letters and transcript copies, should be submitted online. Submission of application materials on paper or providing copies on paper will delay the review of your application.

Our application requirements are the same as those required by the Graduate School, except the GRE test is required, whereas the Graduate School dropped this as a universal requirement. 

  • GRE - minimum 153 verbal; 150 quantitative  - (500 (verbal) and 600 (quantitative) on the previous scoring scale.)
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • TOEFL or IELTS score (for international applicants).
  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • 3 recommendation letters, but only 2 are required for Virginia Tech undergraduates
  • Scanned official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended

Many of our graduate students were not undergraduates in food science, and were likely to have another major such as biology, chemistry, animal science, or human nutrition. We expect students to have background courses in biology, general microbiology, organic chemistry, physics, biochemistry, and statistics.  Applicants who do not have a degree in food science will be expected to enroll in food chemistry, food processing, and, in some cases, food microbiology courses as a graduate student.

Additional Instructions

For more information on the graduate application process please see Applying to Virginia Tech.