M.S. Degree Program - On-Campus

 

Overview - Packaging Master of Science On-Campus Program

The Master of Science degree in Packaging provides a broad education with specialized training in one of the areas of study listed below:

  • Product and/or package damage in the physical distribution environment
  • Barrier characteristics of packaging systems and materials
  • Quality preservation and storage stability of packaged products
  • Mechanical properties of packaging materials and systems
  • Distribution packaging
  • Packaging systems development and optimization
  • Medical/pharmaceutical packaging
  • Human factors in packaging
  • Environmental impacts of packaging
  • Recycling
  • Automatic identification
  • Packaging in business and marketing
  • Product and/or package damage in the physical distribution environment
  • Barrier characteristics of packaging systems and materials
  • Quality preservation and storage stability of packaged products
  • Mechanical properties of packaging materials and systems
  • Distribution packaging
  • Packaging systems development and optimization

M.S. Curriculum

Core courses

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.

Program options

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. For the balance of requirements, go to the School of Packaging Graduate Handbook.

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. For the balance of requirements, go to the School of Packaging Graduate Handbook.

Collateral courses

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. Collateral courses do not count towards the 30 required program credits.

M.S. Program Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in packaging or a related field
  • 3.0 (B) grade point average in last two years of undergraduate program
  • One year of college physics
  • One year of college chemistry, including introductory organic chemistry
  • One semester of calculus

Applying to the M.S. On-Campus Program

We are very pleased that you are interested in graduate study in the School of Packaging at Michigan State University. Our department is committed to providing excellent graduate education.

Application materials must be submitted by January 15 for the following fall semester. Applications received after this date will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis; submission of application on time is an important requirement for full consideration. Students may begin their graduate program only in the fall semester (late August) except in unusual circumstances.

International students are encouraged to apply and submit requirements as early as possible or at least by the January 15th deadline.

M.S. On-campus application requirements for all School of Packaging applicants:

  1. Fill out MSU’s online Graduate School Application and pay the application fee. Once you create an on-line application, you also create an on-line portal where your application materials are uploaded and received. Apply at: https://grad.msu.edu/apply
    • Be sure to include the Academic and Personal Statements
    • Applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents should complete a domestic application. Applicants who require a visa to attend MSU should complete an international application.

  2. Official Transcripts – Request the registrar of each college or university attended to mail all records of any previous schooling (mark sheets, transcripts, diplomas, certificates, etc.) directly to the MSU School of Packaging Graduate Secretary. These records must show courses taken and grades earned and must be translated into English if the original records are in another language. A transcript of work taken at Michigan State University need not be requested. These documents must arrive in an envelope sealed by the issuing university. Documents issued to students are not acceptable. If the transcript does not indicate that the degree has been awarded, a copy of the diploma is also required. If the degree has not yet been completed, this document must be provided later. If a document is translated, it should be certified as accurate and correct by an appropriate public or school official, or sponsoring agency or government.  The original record should be also included.
    1. Applicants from Chinese Universities: MSU requires that all admitted Chinese graduate students arrange for verification of their final bachelor’s degree transcripts and bachelor degree from China through the CDGDC. Students will receive detailed information on obtaining this verification upon admission to MSU. Failure to comply with this policy could compromise the student’s continuing enrollment at MSU. Please refer to the CDGDC website for more information.
    2. Admission to a graduate program requires completion of a level of education comparable/equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree. Normally, Michigan State University does not accept three-year bachelor’s degrees, diplomas or certificates as comparable to a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree. Exceptions are made by the Office of Admissions in the case of Indian students who have earned both three-year bachelor’s degrees and two-year master’s degrees

  3. Three letters of recommendation.
    1. You will receive an email providing a link for references to upload their letters to your application portal once your application fee has been paid and online application has been submitted. Please be sure to forward this information to your references

  4. Official Graduate Record of Examination (GRE) scores.
    1. Please request that ETS send your scores to MSU electronically. MSU code is 1465 and there is no subject code for Packaging; use the code for “other.”

      IN ADDITION to the above, international applicants must also provide:

  5. Affidavit of Support – International students must submit the Statement of Financial Proof (Affidavit of Support).

  6. English-Language Scores - International students must take an English competency test (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.). Test scores are valid up to 2 years prior to the start of the enrollment semester. For detailed information, go to http://elc.msu.edu/.
    The English-Language requirement is automatically waived if: 
    a. the applicant has been awarded a Bachelor's degree earned in the U.S.
    b. the applicant has been awarded a Master's degree earned at an AAU Institution on a U.S. Campus. For a  list of AAU members, go to https://www.aau.edu/who-we-are/our-members

Important Links and Forms

 

For More Information regarding our program and courses, contact:

Dr. Maria Rubino
Graduate Advisor and Professor
The School of Packaging
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1223
Telephone: 517-355-0172
Fax (517) 353-8999
E-mail: mariar@msu.edu

For more information regarding the application process, contact:

Susan Barnaby
Graduate Secretary
The School of Packaging
Telephone: 517-884-9566 
E-Mail: barnaby@msu.edu

 

 

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