The MS degree program in Packaging Science prepares graduates to work independently in the research, development, and application of new packaging materials and processes. Students may be accepted with backgrounds relating to chemistry, physics, mathematics, biology, or engineering. Students with backgrounds in business or graphic communications or other disciplines may also be accepted after completing courses equivalent to the basic science and mathematics courses in the department's undergraduate curriculum. Each degree program is designed individually to augment the student's background to provide a broad understanding of packaging science and specialized knowledge in the area of the student's research.
The MS degree in Packaging Science requires 30 hours of coursework, six of which are thesis research, and the completion of an acceptable MS thesis. In addition to PKGSC 891, students register for at least one credit of PKGSC 851.
The following courses offered by various departments represent possible electives for the student in packaging science: C M E 815, CH E 612, 804, EX ST 801, 802, FD SC 601, 602, 604, 606, 608, 810, 811, 812, G C 606, 607, 648, MKT 627, 630.