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Food Safety, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #905 (BCR) , ND,
The Food Safety educational program at NDSU was founded in 2001 to help meet the increasing need for individuals with food safety expertise in government, business, and academia.  


NDSU graduate faculty who participate in the food safety programs are from multiple colleges, and cover several areas of expertise including microbiological sciences, communication, public health, food and nutrition, and plant sciences.

As our food system becomes more globalized and complex, it is increasingly important for public health professionals to engage consumers and members of the food industry including farmers, food processors, and food service workers. Monitoring and preventing the spread of foodborne disease, disseminating and enforcing key laws or regulations, and education the public on safe food handling practices are top priorities. These priorities can be achieved through utilization of innovative methods in the areas of molecular microbiology, biotechnology, science-based risk assessment and management, hygiene principles, food safety laws and regulations, and active surveillance programs. The NDSU MPH degree with a specialization in Food Safety will provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to become vital frontline members working to keep our population and food systems safe and secure.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biotechnology
  • Microbiology
  • Food safety laws
  • Hygiene principles

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Food Safety program admission is open to all qualified graduates of universities and colleges of recognized standing. Appropriate degrees might be in food science, food safety, meat science, cereal science, microbiology, veterinary science, economics, engineering, dietetics, nutrition, agricultural policies or communication. To be admitted with full status to the program, the applicant must meet the Graduate School admission requirements along with additional requirements:
  • Submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores that are lower than the 50th percentile will generally weaken an applicant’s chance of being accepted. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    631 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 631 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    541 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 541 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    361 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 361 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Fargo

  • 870 - 1260 USD/month
    Living Costs

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