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

Program Details

The Certificate in Food Safety & Defense program is designed to complement a graduate degree, or provide working professionals in the food industry the tools needed to advance their career and protect the human food supply. The curriculum covers topics like food microbiology, foodborne toxicants, food laws, and rapid food microbiological methods. 

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.

Participating schools include:

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

Requirements

Students will need to choose and apply at a single home university. Requirements may vary, but typically include:

  • Application form specific to the university
  • Official transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of goals

School Accreditation Statement

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

Geographic Restrictions

Currently, only students who reside within the United States or Canada are eligible for admission into the online Food Safety and Defense Graduate Certificate program.