Graduate Certificate Program Summary
The Food Safety and Defense graduate certificate program serves the needs of industry and agencies that must protect the human food supply from accidental or deliberate contamination with pathogenic microbes and/or toxicants. In an era of terrorism and global food systems, effective control of food borne hazards requires advanced education.
This certificate is aimed at professionals with a bachelor's degree who are working in a food industry related field and interested in furthering their knowledge of food safety and defense. Potential career paths include:
- Food safety analyst
- Quality control specialist
- HACCP consultant
- Plant manager
- Food safety engineer
Distance education opportunitiesAll courses are completed online through Great Plains IDEA, a consortium of 20 universities offering courses and programs in the Human Sciences and Agricultural disciplines.
This graduate certificate is offered by the Department of Food Science and Technology.
Application checklist and deadlines
Required by the Office of Graduate Studies
- Application for Graduate Admission for a graduate certificate objective
- $50 non-refundable application processing fee
- One set of transcripts confirming eligibility for graduate-level study, uploaded to MyRED (see transcript upload requirements)
- If your native language is not English: verification of English proficiency
- If you are not a US citizen and you hold an F1 visa: concurrent admission to a degree program, because a certificate alone is not sufficient for F1 status
See also: steps to admission.
Required by the department for this certificate
After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:
- Letter stating background and professional goals in pursuing this certificate
- Three letters of recommendation
- Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
Application deadlineRolling admission; contact the department for more information.
The online certificate includes a minimum of 12 credit hours with 9 credit hours in core courses and a minimum of 3 elective credit hours.
Unless otherwise noted, all courses are 2 credit hours.
- FDST 871: A Multidisciplinary Overview of Food Safety and Security (Kansas State University)
- FDST 805: Food Microbiology (3 cr) (University of Nebraska)
- FDST 872: Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point System (Kansas State University)
- FDST 873: Food-borne Toxicants (Iowa State University)
- FDST 855: Microbiology of Fermented Foods (University of Nebraska)
- FDST 874: Food Laws and the Regulatory Process (Iowa State University)
- FDST 875: Rapid Methods and Automation in Microbiology (Kansas State University)
- FDST 876: Risk Assessment for Food, Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (3 cr) (Iowa State University)
- FDST 877: Advanced Food Microbiology and Biotechnology (University of Missouri-Columbia)
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