Graduate Certificate Program Summary
The Food Safety and Defense online 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.
Students choose this program to:
- Synthesize a current and multi-faceted picture of key food safety and security issues.
- Apply the scientific principles of microbial and chemical risk assessment and analysis to real world food safety and security issues.
- Analyze and apply the concepts of HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) programs, as well as other safety and security approaches, to the management of food safety and security in food systems.
- Evaluate food safety and security issues in the food industry using the perspectives of sound science, critical thinking, and ethical reasoning.
The Food Safety & Defense online graduate certificate program is an inter-institutional certificate program being offered as part of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA / AGIDEA), in cooperation with Iowa State University, Kansas State University, and the University of Missouri.
This online certificate can complement a graduate degree program or allow food industry professionals to advance their career while working full-time to pursue in-depth specialized training.
Potential career paths include:
- Food Safety Analyst
- Food Safety Engineer
- HACCP Consultant
- Plant Manager
- Quality Control Specialist
Courses and More
- Course Requirements for this Cert are in the Catalog.
- All courses are completed online through Great Plains IDEA, a consortium of 20 universities offering courses and programs in the Human Sciences and Agricultural disciplines.
- Cost of attendance differs from one student to another. Try our Cost Estimator or see Tuition, Fees, and Funding for details.
Application checklist and deadlines
1. Required by Graduate Studies
- Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee
- One set of transcripts
- 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