The MS program in packaging science is designed to meet the needs of both professionals who have been employed in the field and for students who wish to pursue a graduate program immediately upon earning a BS degree.
Although an undergraduate curriculum in packaging science is preferred as preparation for the MS program, graduates from certain other disciplines can successfully pursue the program if certain introductory packaging science courses are coupled with appropriate work experience.
Admission to the MS degree in packaging science requires:
- a 3.0 (B) grade point average in their final two years of undergraduate degree work.
- Two letters of recommendation.
- Students who have insufficient academic or practical preparation to study packaging at the graduate level will complete an appropriate program to correct such deficiencies. The following undergraduate courses are generally suggested: Packaging Materials (0607-502), Container Systems (0607-503), and Concepts to Consumer (0607-504). These courses may not be used for credit toward the MS degree.
- A basic competence in statistics and computer literacy will be assumed. Applicants for graduate study may satisfy these requirements by completing Fundamentals of Statistics I (0307-711) or its equivalent and completing a course in computer applications. Applicants lacking this background will be required to take Fundamentals of Statistics I (0307-711) and/or Computer Applications (0607-341), or equivalent coursework, to establish a foundation of competency.
- Graduate Record Exam scores are not required. However, in cases where there may be some question of the capability of an applicant to complete this program, applicants may wish to submit scores to strengthen their application.
Students entering the program will be appointed a graduate academic adviser and will work with the student to develop a program of study. Students follow an outlined curriculum to complete their degree requirements, and with adviser approval, choose packaging electives to enhance their career objectives.
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Last updated April 25, 2018