Department of Packaging Science

MS in Packaging Science


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The MS program in packaging science is designed to meet the needs of both professionals who are employed in the field and for students who wish to pursue a graduate program immediately upon earning a BS degree. Although an undergraduate curriculum in packaging science is preferred as preparation for the MS program, graduates from certain other disciplines can successfully pursue the program if certain introductory packaging science courses are coupled with appropriate work experience.

MS Packaging Science Contact Information
Graduate Program Chair:

Professor Deanna M. Jacobs
70-1127 (585)475-6801

Types of jobs a person might have in this field

  • Packaging Engineer
  • Packaging Designer
  • Process Engineer, Packaging
  • Principal Engineer
  • Associate Packaging Engineer
  • Structural Designer
  • Packaging Technology Manager
  • Packaging Development Engineer
  • Technical Package Development
  • Packaging Technician
  • R&D Packaging Technologist
  • Product Design Assistant
  • Project Manager
  • Lab Technician
  • Packaging Engineer I
  • Corrugated Designer
  • Cosmetic Package Engineer

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Typical Course Sequence(semesters) Effective Fall 2013

The program requires the completion of 36 semester credit hours comprised of six required core courses, elective courses, plus a thesis or a project. Faculty advisers assist students in selecting the thesis or project option and the corresponding plan of study is approved by the graduate program chair.

Course Course Name Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
PACK-701 Research Methods 3
PACK-742 Distribution Systems 3
PACK-702 Graduate Writing Strategies 3
PACK-730 Packaging and the Environment 3
PACK-763 Packaging for End Use 3
Packaging Elective 9
Second Year
PACK-783 Advanced Packaging Dynamics 3
Packaging Elective 3
Choose one of the following:
PACK-790 Research Thesis 6
PACK-797 Graduate Project* 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 36


The thesis option requires 6 semester credit hours while the project option includes a 3 semester credit hour project. Students choosing the project option are required to complete one additional elective course.

The thesis develops and tests a hypothesis by scientific method and is grounded in a theoretical framework. Individuals who can capture, interpret, and apply information by this method can add value to their role as contributors in the workplace. The thesis option is for students seeking to pursue career options that offer a greater opportunity for further research or advanced study in the field of packaging science. It is meant to provide depth of study, emphasizing the research process.

The project has a practical, application-oriented grounding in literature. It is considered secondary research or the compilation of existing information presented in a new way. The project option is for students who desire advanced study in packaging science, but who do not intend to pursue a research career or further studies beyond the master’s level.

The student’s graduate committee will make the final decision regarding the project and whether it meets the program’s requirements as a graduate project or thesis.

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Elective Credit

All elective courses are approved by the student’s adviser and must meet degree requirements. In certain circumstances, with pre-approval by the graduate adviser and where individual need indicates appropriateness, a limited number of upper-level undergraduate courses may be used to fulfill elective credit. Students, with adviser permission, may include Independent Study as part of their elective credits. However, independent study may not be used toward the required packaging core course work. Courses selected for elective credit can be combined to create specialties in areas such as packaging science, print media, or service management with program chair approval.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions for semesters coming soon.