Michigan State University was the first school to offer a specialized degree program in Packaging Science, beginning in 1952, and the first to create a dedicated school for the field.

Packaging is a technical and science based program incorporating every aspect of packaging, from materials and processes through systems development and testing. Laboratories are an integral component in the majority of packaging undergraduate courses, providing students with hands-on experience.


Core areas of study include:

  • Technical principles for packaging
  • Packaging materials (glass, plastic, paper and metals)
  • Computer applications
  • Packaging processes and systems
  • Design and prototyping
  • Sustainability and environmental impacts

Concentrations include:

  • Packaging science track
  • Packaging value chain management

Learn more about requirements and courses in Packaging.

Also learn more about the core curriculum and School of Packaging admissions requirements.

Packaging Graduates







Data from 2018 MSU Destination Survey of graduating students in this major

Career Opportunities

Graduates with a degree in Packaging enter a broad range of challenging and rewarding careers in industries ranging from health and beauty, food and consumer goods, medical, automotive and research.

An internship experience is a highly recommended part of the Packaging program and many students find internships and jobs as part of the annual packaging career fair on campus.

Packaging prepares students for a variety of career paths:

  • Packaging engineer
  • Packaging or structural designer
  • Consumer behavior analyst
  • Packing specialist
  • Packaging operator
  • Product tester
  • Food scientist

Faculty members and advisors maintain close relationships with companies and industry contacts in packaging, which can help with internships, scholarships and employment in a range of fields. The Department of Packaging also maintains close relationships with alumni.

Michigan State University School of Packaging alumnus Charles

Frasier pays it forward for packaging

April 24, 2019

Michigan State University School of Packaging alumnus Charles Frasier, and his wife Jacqueline, recently gave the lead $1.5 million gift to renovate the MSU School of Packing building.

MSU wins 12th GPI Glass Packaging Design Competition

October 31, 2018

Glass Bottle with Clean Lines & Premium Finishes Takes Top Prize in Student Design Competition

Student Life

In addition to student jobs and internships, there are study abroad and undergraduate research opportunities.

There are also a variety of student clubs and organizations including several packaging clubs:

  • CoPPAC
  • Pi Kappa Gamma (PKG)
  • Packaging Graduate Association (PGA)

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