The Master of Science degree in Packaging provides a broad education with specialized training in one of the areas of study listed below:
The formal program for the M.S. degree consists of a minimum of 30 acceptable course credits. More than half of the program credits must be at the 800 level or higher.
In the Plan A thesis option, students must complete PKG 825, PKG 860, and either PKG 805 or PKG 815. Thesis credits (PKG 899) must equal at least 6 but not more than 8. The remaining credits can be taken from approved courses at the 400 level or higher from packaging or other departments (excluding PKG 432, 492, and 493).
In the Plan B non-thesis option, a final examination is required. Students must complete PKG 825, 815 and 805, along with at least 3 additional credits of 800-level packaging courses, excluding PKG 890 and 899. At least 16 credits in PKG courses and at least 16 credits at the 800 level or above are required. The remaining credits can be taken from approved courses at the 400 level or higher from packaging or other departments (excluding PKG 432, 492, and 493).
Graduate students are required to participate in the school's seminar program, including presentation of thesis research.
Students who do not have the equivalent of a bachelor's degree in packaging must enroll in core undergraduate packaging courses (or alternatively PKG 801, 803 & 804), in addition to completing the regular M.S. requirements.
Admissions to the on-campus MS program are limited. For full consideration, the application for admission, the application fee, and all required documents should be received no later than January 15th for the following fall semester. International students are encouraged to apply as early as possible or at least by the January 15th deadline.
International students whose native language is not English must also submit test scores demonstrating adequate knowledge of the English language.
Students may begin their graduate programs only in the fall semester (late August) except in unusual circumstances. Prospective students should read the School of Packaging Graduate Student Handbook for information about the M.S. On-Campus Program.