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Graduate Certificate in Food Safety & Defense (Great Plains IDEA)

Program Details

The Food Safety and Defense graduate certificate provides advanced education and training in the food science industry for food scientists and others to advance in the field and explore a diverse range of food science topics.

This program is offered through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA); regionally accredited schools working in partnership to provide students with online opportunities. Students apply at their school of choice.

The online Food Safety & Defense program is offered through:

  • Iowa State University
  • Kansas State University
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln


  • Must hold a bachelor’s degree
  • Required supplemental documents, including transcripts.
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Affidavit of financial support
  • English language proficiency (if applicable)

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission