M.Sc. Online

Food Safety

Michigan State University

12 months
27792 USD/year
27792 USD/year
14144 USD/year
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The Online MS in Food Safety program from Michigan State University is a Professional Science Masters, which means its core curriculum is based heavily in the sciences while also including leadership and food law components.


Who benefits from this Food Safety program?

  • Students: designed for mid-career food safety professionals who want an advanced degree, but are unable to leave their jobs to attend class on a university campus
  • Employers: enhances ability to cope with ever-changing food safety, food protection, and public health concerns, while keeping the best and the brightest of their employees
  • Community: trains leaders to meet the challenges of today, while planning ahead for the changing food safety needs of tomorrow

What will I take away from this program at Michigan State University?

  • obtain an advanced degree from an accredited Big-Ten institution
  • effectively manage the broad range of information essential to success
  • evaluate new and emerging technologies as they arise
  • address new concerns, such as food security, emerging foodborne pathogens, zoonotic disease or biotechnology develop organizational and leadership skills
  • be more effective, efficient, and confident in an ever-changing workplace

Why is this degree program for me?

  • fully online, asynchronous study
  • designed for mid-career/mid-management working professionals
  • consists of ten 3-credit courses to equal a 30-credit hour program
  • average time to degree = 3 years / maximum allowed = 5 years
  • non-thesis professional science master's: Plan-B applied food safety project


Accredited through Michigan State University and the Higher Learning Commission-North Central Association.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Food Safety and Professional Development
  • Evolution and Ecology of Foodborne Pathogens
  • Food Safety Toxicology
  • Foodborne Disease Epidemiology
  • International Food Laws & Regulations
  • US Food Laws & Regulations
  • Food Safety Research Methods
  • Applied Food Safety
  • more than 25 elective courses to choose from

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits



Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • a bachelor's degree, professional degree, or equivalent degree from an accredited and recognized college or university
  • at least six (6) credits of college level biological sciences, three (3) of which are in microbiology (a 300-level course or higher is recommended) 
  • a cumulative grade point average of no less than a 3.0 on a 4.0 system 
  • work experience in a food-related field (at least two years is recommended)

Work experience

Work experience in a food-related field (at least two years is recommended).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27792 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27792 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    27792 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27792 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    14144 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14144 USD per year during 12 months.


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