Food Safety and Defense

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

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Faculty Contact
Dr. Robert Hutkins
Graduate Chair in Food Science and Technology

Staff Contact
Julie McManamey

Department Address
Innovation Campus
1901 N. 21st St
Lincoln NE 68588-6205

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.

2. Required by the department

After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access so you can complete these requirements via MyRED.

  • Resume or Curriculum Vita
  • 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 deadline
Fall: July 15; Spring: December 1; Summer: April 15

This summary page is maintained by Graduate Studies.
For additional details check out the dept./program website: Food Science and Technology.

Departments: Have an update for this summary? Contact Kurt Mueller.