Program Overview

Michigan State University offers a Packaging - Master of Science degree to meet the needs of those in the packaging industry. Packaging – Master of Science is a Plan B program, which means completion does not require a thesis. Students will complete 30 credits throughout this entire program. Time commitment is expected to be about 10 to 15 hours a week.

To apply for this program, students will need a bachelor’s degree in packaging or a related field, a 2.0 GPA, one year of college physics and chemistry, one semester of calculus, GRE score, and three letters of recommendation. Students may apply in the spring, summer, or fall semester.

Required courses for this degree include Polymeric Packaging Materials, Advanced Packaging Dynamics, and Permeability and Shelf Life. Students will also need to choose 30 credits in electives including 12 credits at the 800 level or higher, 16 credits at the 400 level or higher, and 16 approved credits at the 800 level or above. For students who do not have an undergraduate degree in packaging, the following courses are required outside the mandatory 30 credit hours: Packaging Materials, Packaging Distribution and Dynamics, Packaging Processes. The final examination for this program consists of a 3-5 page paper that follows the given outlines, structure, and required references.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    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


    Students must have a Bachelor’s degree in packaging or a related field with a 3.0 (B) GPA in the last two years of the undergraduate program; one year of college physics and chemistry, including organic chemistry; and one semester of calculus.

    School Overview

    Founded in 1855 as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, Michigan State University is the first land-grant university in the country and was originally an agricultural college. In 1861, the university changed its name to the State Agricultural College. Throughout the 20th century, the university experienced a time of great expansion. The then agricultural college began to build programs in education, business, medicine and many other areas of study becoming more than just an agricultural institution. In 1964, the university changed its name to its current designation of Michigan State University. 

    Michigan State University offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level as well as post-secondary certificates from 17 colleges and schools. Select academic programs are offered partially or totally online while others may be completed at off-campus locations across the state of Michigan.


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