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Packaging Science MS

Semester Requirements

Deanna Jacobs, Graduate Program Director
(585) 475-6801, dmjipk@rit.edu

http://www.rit.edu/cast/packaging/ms-in-packaging-science.php

Program overview

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.

Curriculum

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.

Elective courses

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.

Thesis/Project

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.

Packaging science, MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
GRCS-701 Research Methods 3
PACK-742 Distribution Systems 3
GRCS-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

* For students who chose the graduate project option, an additional elective course must be completed.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in packaging science, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution,
  • Have a minimum 3.0 (B) grade-point average in their final two years of undergraduate degree work,
  • Submit two letters of recommendation,
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) from all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work, and
  • Complete a graduate application.

Graduate Record Exam scores are not required. However, in cases where there may be some question of the capability of an applicant to complete the program, applicants may wish to submit scores to strengthen their application.

Students who do not have an equivalent bachelor’s degree in packaging science will be evaluated and the appropriate undergraduate bridge courses will be prescribed. These courses may not be used for credit toward the MS degree.

Applicants are required to have one semester of physics (mechanics focus), one semester of calculus, one year of chemistry (including organic chemistry), statistics, and basic computer literacy.

Additional information

Advising

Students entering the program will be appointed an academic adviser who will work with the program coordinator to develop a program of study. Students follow an outlined curriculum to complete their degree requirements, and with adviser approval, choose packaging electives to enhance their career objectives.

A faculty adviser, chosen by the student with approval from their program coordinator, guides the student on thesis/project topic choice and works with the program coordinator for approval and timely completion of the thesis or project. 

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Program overview

The MS program in packaging science is designed to meet the needs of both professionals who have been 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.

Curriculum

The program requires the completion of 48 quarter credit hours comprised of five 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.

Elective courses

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 500-level undergraduate courses may be used to fulfill elective credit. Undergraduate courses used as electives may not exceed 12 quarter credit hours in total. Students, with adviser permission, may include 8 quarter credit hours of Independent Study (0607-978) as part of their elective credits. However, independent study may not be used toward the 20 quarter credit hours of 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.

Thesis/Project option

The thesis option requires 8 quarter credit hours while the project option includes a 4 quarter credit hour project plus 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.

Packaging science, MS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
0607-701 Research Methods 4
0607-730 Packaging and the Environment 4
0607-742 Distribution Systems 4
0607-763 Packaging for End-Use 4
0607-783 Packaging Dynamics 4
Choose five of the following electives: 20
   0607-721    Packaging Administration  
   0607-731    Advanced Packaging Economics  
   0607-750    Graduate Seminar  
   0607-752    The Legal Environment  
   0607-770    Advanced Computer Applications  
   0607-799    Advanced Packaging Design  
Choose one of the following:  
     Graduate Project* 4
   0607-890    Thesis 8
Total Quarter Credit Hours 48

* For students who chose the graduate project option, an additional elective course must be completed.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in packaging science, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution,
  • Have aminimum 3.0 (B) grade-point average in their final two years of undergraduate degree work,
  • Submit two letters of recommendation,
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) from all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work, and
  • Complete a graduate application.

Graduate Record Exam scores are not required. However, in cases where there may be some question of the capability of an applicant to complete the program, applicants may wish to submit scores to strengthen their application.

Students who do not have an equivalent bachelor’s degree in packaging science will be evaluated and the appropriate undergraduate bridge courses will be prescribed. These courses may not be used for credit toward the MS degree.

Applicants are required to have one semester of physics (mechanics focus), one semester of calculus, one year of chemistry (including organic chemistry), statistics, and basic computer literacy.

Additional information

Advising

Students entering the program will be appointed a thesis adviser and will work with the program coordinator to develop a program of study. Students follow an outlined curriculum to complete their degree requirements, and with adviser approval, choose packaging electives to enhance their career objectives.

Executive leader option

The executive leader option is an intensive program for industry professionals that focuses on the application of packaging technology in the supply chain. The structure of the program provides individuals with an opportunity to obtain an MS degree without interrupting their employment.

The executive leader option consists of one two-week summer session on campus, course work completed online, and a research project, which may be conducted over two consecutive summers. In addition to the stated application requirements admission  to the executive leader option requires the endorsement of senior management/administrative personnel from the applicant’s employer. Candidates are encouraged to align the program’s research project goals with current job responsibilities.