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Packaging Science MS

The master’s in packaging science enables you to create visually stunning, environmentally friendly packaging that’s functional and durable enough to be aesthetically pleasing and sustainable for the environmental while also withstanding the stresses of distribution and transportation.

Program skills

The program emphasizes the application of fundamental concepts, theory, innovation, critical thinking and communication on practical problems  Studies in packaging science include examining the procedures for developing new, improved packages; testing the physical and chemical properties of materials; and learning structural design by making and testing sample containers in the department’s advanced testing facility.  Students also learn the industry’s legal aspects, as well as economic, energy and environmental considerations in packaging development and production.

Program facilities equipment

The extensive facilities include a state-of-the-art packaging dynamics lab, modern computer lab, packaging attribute assessment lab, and the American Packaging Corporation Packaging Innovation Center. Students learn to perform packaging evaluations and report results.

Program job titles

Associate Specialist - Packaging Operations; Packaging Engineer; Packaging Designer; Package Developer; Product Engineer; Packaging Scientist; Package Engineering Technician; Packaging Sales; Structural Designer; Packaging and Display Sales; Packaging Development Engineer; Packaging Project Management Engineer; Display Services Specialist

Program significant points

  • Typical responsibilities involve developing packaging systems for a variety of products.
  • Engineers develop primary, secondary and tertiary packaging systems, develop packaging specifications, select materials, improve package quality and support new product launches in food and beverage, pharmaceutical or consumer products companies.

Select program hiring partners

Tesla; Teleflex; GlaxoSmithKline; Dover Brook Associates; Cummins Inc; Conformis; Caterpillar Inc.; American Packaging Corporation; ALTEN Group; AeroSafe Global; Colgate-Palmolive; Henkel; CooperVision; Hammer Packaging; Hasbro; Milwaukee Tool; Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies; Menasha Corporation; Merck & Co., Inc.


Outcome Rates for Packaging Science MS

Total percentage of graduates who have entered the workforce, enrolled in full-time graduate study, or are pursuing alternative plans (military service, volunteering, etc.).


Knowledge Rate

Total percentage of graduates for whom RIT has verifiable data, compared to national average knowledge rate of 41% per NACE.
Outcome % of Students
Employed 100.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 0%
Alternative Plans 0%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 100.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 0%
Alternative Plans 0%

Experiential Learning

Cooperative Education

What makes an RIT education exceptional? It’s the ability to complete relevant, hands-on career experience. At the graduate level, and paired with an advanced degree, cooperative education and internships give you the unparalleled credentials that truly set you apart. Learn more about graduate co-op and how it provides you with the career experience employers look for in their next top hires.

Full-time students may choose to complete cooperative education. After completing two semesters of study (a minimum of 18 credit hours), students may request approval to complete up to one year of cooperative education related to packaging.