Master of Science in Food Safety

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  Enrollment Deadlines

  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: November 1


Tuition / credit hour $500
Fee / credit hour  
Library $4.16
Network & Data Systems $11.10
Off-Campus $30
Online Facilities $2

Tuition and fees per credit hour reflect fall 2022 rates for students studying completely online. If an online student takes a course on campus, tuition and fees will differ.



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Pursue a Career in Food Safety

The Food Safety program is designed for working professionals. Its interdisciplinary nature enables students to learn from accomplished faculty across agricultural, food and life sciences. This program expands scientific knowledge in food safety, quality assurance and risk assessment. Program graduates have been promoted into various levels of managerial jobs and executive-level jobs with worldwide companies.

The program is based on U.S. standards, including Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) principles and food safety laws and regulations. It emphasizes preventative processes, problem-solving skills, and the scientific foundations that drive industry standards like food microbiology, toxicology and epidemiology.

The courses are taught by the same U of A faculty who teach on campus.

What you should know

  • Requires a final 3 hour special problems research project with an oral presentation and examination by a graduate faculty committee
  • The 3-year completion period could be shortened; consult your academic adviser
  • This program does not accept international students who live outside the United States.
  • Non-thesis program
  • One course per semester - 9 credits per year



Detailed admission requirements and information can be found on the department website

All admission materials must be submitted by the application deadlines.

Success Stories

If the Master of Science in Food Safety program had not been available online, then I would not have been able to earn my degree. I had a family to tend to, in addition to work responsibilities. The U of A was the most economical choice and has an awesome reputation in the industry."

The University of Arkansas is well-known within the poultry industry, with many graduates working at high levels within many different poultry companies. The curriculum includes basic fundamentals for food safety, while at the same time including new developments within the industry."

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