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Packaging

Master of Science

Online

Course Delivery

30

Total Credits

$29,760

Tuition

20 months

Minimum Duration


Program Overview

The mission of the Masters of Sciences within the School of Packaging at Michigan State University is to educate packaging professionals and to create innovative solutions that enhance or maintain product quality, increase packing efficiency and reduce waste. In doing so, we contribute to the economic development and quality of life of citizens within the State of Michigan and across the world through highly relevant educational experiences and cutting-edge research. More than half of all packaging graduates employed in the U.S. come from Michigan State. Throughout more than six decades of dynamic development, the MSU School of Packaging has built significant research expertise and earned national and international recognition in physical distribution and protective packaging. The School of Packaging was the first to develop a graduate Master's degree program in Packaging Science and still today is the only one offering a Ph.D. in Packaging Science.

Program Outcomes

Through the core required courses, Master of Science (MS) in packaging students will gain in-depth knowledge in three major packaging areas: plastics packaging, distribution dynamics, and permeability and shelf-life. Electives offer the ability to further explore specific areas of interest, either in packaging-specific offerings or through coursework in related areas. Michigan State University online students will gain experience in applying mathematics, science and technology to packaging-related problems, assessing the suitability of packaging materials and designs for specific applications, and in critically evaluating new knowledge presented in the scientific literature.

Career Outlook

 

Graduates of the MSU School of Packaging are sought after by employers in the United States and internationally. Few graduate students leave the packaging MS online program without at least one job offer in hand. Graduates with advanced graduate degrees are more likely to go into education, research, or management positions than those with bachelor's degrees, and less likely to go into production positions. A wide variety of types of companies employ graduates with advanced degrees.

A Top-Ranked Education

  • 32nd among Best Public Universities in America — U.S. News & World Report, 2021
  • A Top 100 Global University — Times Higher Education and U.S. News & World Report, 2021

 

Maria Rubino headshot

Dr. Maria Rubino

Professor and Graduate Advisor
Dr. Maria Rubino is a professor in the School of Packaging and the Director of the Graduate Program. She has served as an MSU faculty member since 2004. Her area of research is in mass transfer of polymer system and functional materials.

 

Course Information

 

Core

PKG 805 - Advanced Packaging Dynamics (3 Credits)
PKG 815 - Permeability and Shelf Life (3 Credits)

Elective

PKG 825 - Polymeric Packaging Materials (4 Credits)

Course work 400-level (15 Credits)
Course work 800-900 level (21 Credits)

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  • A bachelor's degree in packaging or related field
  • 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  • Completed coursework
    One year of college physics, one year of college chemistry, including introductory organic chemistry, one semester of calculus. 3.0 (B) grade point average in last two years of undergraduate program.
  • Résumé
  • Taken the GRE
  • A written personal statement
  • 3 letters of recommendation. Provide contact information for your recommenders and the MSU application system will provide instructions to them.
  • Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  • Complete a university graduate application
  • GRE scores are requested but may be waived

For full consideration, the application for admission, application fee, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, test scores, and other required documents must be received by the school at least two months prior to the anticipated first semester of enrollment.

Key Dates

Rolling Applications

Students can start the program in any semester. We recommend applications are submitted at least one month prior to the start of the semester to allow time for processing.

 

Tuition & Fees

 

In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
$29,760
$29,760

 

The university reserves the right to make changes in the types, structures, rates for fees, and tuition. Every effort will be made to give as much advance notice as possible.

Program Overview

The mission of the Masters of Sciences within the School of Packaging at Michigan State University is to educate packaging professionals and to create innovative solutions that enhance or maintain product quality, increase packing efficiency and reduce waste. In doing so, we contribute to the economic development and quality of life of citizens within the State of Michigan and across the world through highly relevant educational experiences and cutting-edge research. More than half of all packaging graduates employed in the U.S. come from Michigan State. Throughout more than six decades of dynamic development, the MSU School of Packaging has built significant research expertise and earned national and international recognition in physical distribution and protective packaging. The School of Packaging was the first to develop a graduate Master's degree program in Packaging Science and still today is the only one offering a Ph.D. in Packaging Science.

Program Outcomes

Through the core required courses, Master of Science (MS) in packaging students will gain in-depth knowledge in three major packaging areas: plastics packaging, distribution dynamics, and permeability and shelf-life. Electives offer the ability to further explore specific areas of interest, either in packaging-specific offerings or through coursework in related areas. Michigan State University online students will gain experience in applying mathematics, science and technology to packaging-related problems, assessing the suitability of packaging materials and designs for specific applications, and in critically evaluating new knowledge presented in the scientific literature.

Career Outlook

 

Graduates of the MSU School of Packaging are sought after by employers in the United States and internationally. Few graduate students leave the packaging MS online program without at least one job offer in hand. Graduates with advanced graduate degrees are more likely to go into education, research, or management positions than those with bachelor's degrees, and less likely to go into production positions. A wide variety of types of companies employ graduates with advanced degrees.

A Top-Ranked Education

  • 32nd among Best Public Universities in America — U.S. News & World Report, 2021
  • A Top 100 Global University — Times Higher Education and U.S. News & World Report, 2021

 

Maria Rubino headshot

Dr. Maria Rubino

Professor and Graduate Advisor
Dr. Maria Rubino is a professor in the School of Packaging and the Director of the Graduate Program. She has served as an MSU faculty member since 2004. Her area of research is in mass transfer of polymer system and functional materials.

 

Course Information

 

Core

PKG 805 - Advanced Packaging Dynamics (3 Credits)
PKG 815 - Permeability and Shelf Life (3 Credits)

Elective

PKG 825 - Polymeric Packaging Materials (4 Credits)

Course work 400-level (15 Credits)
Course work 800-900 level (21 Credits)

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  • A bachelor's degree in packaging or related field
  • 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  • Completed coursework
    One year of college physics, one year of college chemistry, including introductory organic chemistry, one semester of calculus. 3.0 (B) grade point average in last two years of undergraduate program.
  • Résumé
  • Taken the GRE
  • A written personal statement
  • 3 letters of recommendation. Provide contact information for your recommenders and the MSU application system will provide instructions to them.
  • Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  • Complete a university graduate application
  • GRE scores are requested but may be waived

For full consideration, the application for admission, application fee, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, test scores, and other required documents must be received by the school at least two months prior to the anticipated first semester of enrollment.

Key Dates

Rolling Applications

Students can start the program in any semester. We recommend applications are submitted at least one month prior to the start of the semester to allow time for processing.

 

Tuition & Fees

 

In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
$29,760
$29,760

 

The university reserves the right to make changes in the types, structures, rates for fees, and tuition. Every effort will be made to give as much advance notice as possible.

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MSU has been offering online degree programs for over 20 years. Our maturity is evident in the high quality of the learning experience enjoyed by our online students.

MSU provides programs and initiatives that support and enhance diversity. We will expand our campus and external partnerships to put in place inclusive recruitment and retention practices. We nurture and promote individuals’ varied experiences and perspectives, ensuring structures and processes make possible full participation by all members of our community.

MSU actively collaborates with campus and external partners to innovate across all dimensions of graduate education. We create and support networks that increase collaboration and improve educational opportunities for our online students.

MSU’s nationally recognized online programs foster student growth and well-being throughout their academic career. We will expand inclusive mentoring practices and accelerate improvement across units to implement evidence-based practices to ensure our students complete successfully.

Continuing education can be one of the most exciting, challenging, and rewarding experiences you undertake in your life. We hope you consider becoming a Spartan, to learn online and reach your career goals. With highly ranked online programs and exceptional professors, we educate students who advance the common good with uncommon will.