MS Degree: Online

The MS Online Degree Program is designed to meet the needs of packaging professionals involved in all aspects of the industry as well as those with a general technology background. There is considerable flexibility in designing your degree program to fit your interests.  This non-thesis program requires completion of 30 credits and can be completed in about three years by averaging one course per semester including summer semesters. The time commitment for an online course averages 10 to 15 hours per week.

MS Online Degree Program Requirements

A total of 30 credits is required for the degree.  The student’s program of study must be discussed  and approved by the Graduate Program Director.

Requirements for the MS Online Degree Program:

  • Complete a minimum of 30 credits with required and approved coursework.
    • A minimum of 16 credits at the 800 level.
    • A maximum of 14 credits can be completed at the 400 level.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic statistics.
  • Have the Program Plan completed by the end of the second semester or after 15 degree credits.

Collateral Courses

Students who do not have an undergraduate degree in packaging are required to complete the following, or may show competency in these areas through waiver. These courses do not count towards the 30 required program credits:

PKG 801:  Packaging Materials
PKG 803:  Packaging Distribution and Dynamics
PKG 804:  Packaging Processes

Student Residency

Michigan State University will not be offering certain online programs to students based on their residence at the time of application for admission to Michigan State University - see State-By-State Summary 

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