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.


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  Application Deadlines

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: December 1

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.


Tuition / credit hour $500
Fee / credit hour
Library $4.68
Network & Data Systems $13.10
Off-Campus $30
Online Facilities $2

Tuition and fees per credit hour reflect fall 2024 rates for students studying completely online. Students in online programs who take an on-campus course will pay on-campus fees, mandatory and college fees, for only the on-campus course.


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