Packaging Science


Degrees Offered


The M.S. degree program in packaging science is designed to prepare the graduate to work independently in the research, development, and application of new packaging materials and processes. A variety of fields of research related to foods, distribution, design, medical and healthcare, polymers, biopolymers, active packaging are available as focus areas of thesis research. The overall curriculum for the M.S. degree is individually designed to augment the student’s background and to provide a broad understanding of packaging science along with the selected specialized knowledge in the area of the student’s research.

Graduate students may be accepted with backgrounds relating to chemistry, physics, mathematics, biology or engineering. Graduate students with backgrounds in business or graphic communications or other disciplines may accepted on a provisional basis which converts to full acceptance after completing courses equivalent to the basic science and mathematics courses in the department’s undergraduate curriculum.


More information can be found in this graduate handbook.


Program of Study

Masters of Science Degree Curriculum
The curriculum requires the completion of an approved thesis and 24 credit hours. The program is designed to prepare the graduate to work independently in research, development and applications of new packaging processes and materials.


Required Documents


A limited number of research assistantships are available from grant funds. If awarded one of the assistantships, you will be working on research endeavors financed by these funds. Applicants whose files are completed by February 15 are given preferential consideration.


Program Contact(s)

  • Kim Collins
  • Office: 223 Poole Agricultural Center
  • Phone: (864) 656-3397
  • Email:

Program Coordinator(s)

  • Paul Dawson
  • Office: 204 Poole Agricultural Center
  • Phone: (864) 656-1138
  • Email: