Graduate Studies

The Food and Hospitality Systems graduate program at the University of Missouri (MU) provides quality graduate programs leading to a Master of Science in Food and Hospitality Systems and a Doctor of Philosophy in Food and Hospitality Systems.

Questions? Contact Azlin Mustapha, Director of Graduate and Certificate Studies, or email

A Graduate Certificate in Food Safety and Defense is also offered. This certificate is a multi-institution online program designed to serve the needs of industry and agencies who must protect the human food supply from accidental or deliberate contamination.

The quality of the graduate program is established and maintained by the major adviser and a faculty advisory committee.

This program allows the major professor and advisory committee to tailor a program of courses and research to fit the needs and goals of each student. The graduate program builds on the foundation of the undergraduate program, as well as the MU campus strengths.

The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) offers several programs that support food science and agricultural and hospitality management including agricultural economics, agricultural education, animal science, biochemistry, plant and soil sciences, natural resources management, and park and recreation administration.

Other colleges and schools located at MU are Arts and Sciences, Business and Public Administration, Education, Engineering, Journalism, Medicine, Nursing, Law and Veterinary Medicine.


The Food and Hospitality Systems program has research facilities that contribute significantly to a graduate program. Available to faculty and graduate students in Food Science are well-equipped research laboratories including:

  • Chemistry and analysis labs
  • Microbiology lab
  • Sensory lab
  • Enology lab
  • Meat Analysis lab
  • Dairy pilot scale lab
  • Meat pilot scale lab
  • Food extrusion processing lab
  • Winery lab
  • Precision agriculture lab

Computer facilities are available and computer-based data acquisition facilities are provided in most research laboratories.

Food Science Graduate Faculty

  • Lakshmikantha Channaiah
  • Andrew Clarke
  • Kiruba Krishnaswamy
  • Mengshi Lin
  • Azlin Mustapha
  • Dojin Ryu
  • Pavel Somavat
  • Stephan Sommer
  • Bongkosh Vardhanabhuti
  • Roujie Zhang
  • Zipei Zhang

Hospitality Management Graduate Faculty

  • Amanda Alexander
  • Seonghee Cho
  • Dae-young Kim
  • Pei Liu
  • Mauro Palmero

Agricultural Systems Technology Graduate Faculty

  • Kent Shannon
  • Jianfeng Zhou

General Regulations

Students must maintain at least 3.00 cumulative grade point average to remain in good standing.

A maximum of 16 hours per semester and eight hours per summer can be carried by a full-time student. A student on a half-time graduate assistantship can take a maximum of 12 hours per semester and six hours per summer.