Graduate Program Application FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Regarding Application to the Food Science Graduate Program at Oregon State University

What are the minimum TOEFL scores required for admission?
213 computer version; 550 paper version
80 computer version with scaled scores. (Must have at least a minimum score of 18 in sections of reading, listening, speaking, writing.) IELTS may be used as an alternate. Minimum acceptable score is 6.5.

What is the minimum GRE score required for admission?
1000 combined verbal and quantitative sections

What is the minimum GPA required for admission? 3.0

What is the Institution Code? 4586

What is the Department Code? 0107

Are photocopies of original transcripts acceptable for the review of my application?
Yes, however, official copies will be needed if you are accepted.

Are intermediate or higher secondary school records needed? No, DO NOT send intermediate or higher secondary school records.

Can I apply to the graduate program If I only have a bachelor's degree? No, you may not apply to the PhD program if you have only earned a BS degree. A Master’s degree is required for applying to the PhD program. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Do you have a recommendation letter form or template my professional references can use? No, letters may be sent directly to the program or included with your admission application. Have your referee use their personal or business letterhead.

What financial assistance is offered by the department? The only financial aid offered for new students is a graduate research assistantship (GRA), supported by grants. GRA positions are offered by a mentoring professor at the time graduate students are recruited.

How many graduate students are currently in your program? At present, there are 37 graduate students in our program: 23 MS, 14 PhD

Do you provide statistics on the number of students who apply and who are accepted? No, as these numbers vary every year based on the research funding available.

Do you accept graduate students on a "conditional" basis? No, the Department of Food Science does not accept students on a “conditional” basis. This would include lower than acceptable GRE, TOEFL and GPA scores.

What type of educational background to I need to apply to the FST graduate program? You must have a science background with basis in Chemistry, Biology, Math, Microbiology, or Physics to apply and be a competitive candidate for the OSU Food Science Graduate program.

What are the application deadlines?

Outside the US: Fall Term - April 1 | Winter Term - July 1 | Spring Term - October 1 | Summer Term - January 1

Within the US: Fall Term - June 1 | Winter Term - September 1 | Spring Term - December 1 | Summer Term - March 1