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Program Details

A masters degree in Food Safety is available at Michigan State University for students who wish to further their examination of food safety. This degree is put forward by the College of Veterinary Medicine. This College at MSU designed this multidisciplinary program especially for those students who currently have a career in production, marketing, regulatory affairs, research, management, or finance.

Faculty appointed to the National Food Safety and Toxicology Center will serve as the admissions committee that reviews applications to the program. After accepted, a faculty member in the NFSTC will be appointed to each student as an academic advisor.

Students will be taking this program under Plan B, which means they do not have to write a thesis. However, they do have to complete 30 credit hours under this plan. At the end of the program, students must pass an oral examination as well as complete an applied food safety project.

Some of the courses students will enroll in are Food Safety Toxicology, Food Safety Research Methods, Food Safety Introduction and Professional Management, and Applied Project in Food Safety. The curriculum is made up of four core courses, three elective courses of the student’s choice, and two courses that combine to create the Applied Research Project (six credits).

After completing this program, students will be able to apply their enhanced skills in current or future careers. They will have learned to evaluate new technologies, address food safety concerns, and will have developed efficient organizational and leadership skills relevant to their chosen field.


Applicants must have a bachelor's degree and have completed six credit hours of college-level work in biological science, including three credit in microbiology.

Accreditation & Licensing

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

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools