Packaging Science MS


Graduate Admissions Counselor

Matt Stever
585-475-5529, mesges@rit.edu


Department Contact

Changfeng Ge, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director
585-475-5391, cfgmet@rit.edu


Admission Deadlines & Requirements

Program Available Online? No
Application Deadline Rolling
Admit Term Fall
Entrance Exam None
Other
English Language Exams:
TOEFL (Internet) 79
IELTS 6.5
PTE Academic 58

 

Priority deadline - COMPLETE applications that are received by this date are given priority consideration for admission and financial aid (if applicable). Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

Rolling - There is no specific deadline for applications; applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year until the program reaches capacity.

Program overview

The MS degree in packaging science is designed to meet the needs of professionals who are employed in the field or students who wish to pursue a graduate program immediately upon earning a bachelor's degree.

Plan of study

The program requires the completion of 36 credit hours comprised of six required core courses, elective courses, plus a thesis or 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 special areas of focus with program chair approval.

Thesis/Project/Comprehensive Exam

The thesis option requires 6 credit hours and 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 roles as contributors in the workplace. The thesis option is for students seeking to pursue careers 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 thesis option is by invitation only.

The project option is 3 credit hours and 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. Students choosing the project option are required to complete one additional elective course.

The comprehensive exam option is 0 credit hours and allows students to complete an exam in place of a thesis or project. Students who choose this option take two additional elective courses.

The student’s graduate committee makes the final decision regarding the proposal idea and whether it meets the program’s requirements as a graduate project or thesis; or if a student is best served by completing the comprehensive exam.

Curriculum

Packaging science (research thesis option), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
GRCS-701 Research Methods 3
PACK-742 Distribution Systems 3
GRCS-702 Principles of Research Communications 3
PACK-730 Packaging and the Environment 3
PACK-763 Packaging for End Use 3
  Packaging Electives 9
Second Year
PACK-783 Advanced Packaging Dynamics 3
  Packaging Elective 3
PACK-790 Research Thesis 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 36

Packaging science (graduate project option), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
GRCS-701 Research Methods 3
PACK-742 Distribution Systems 3
PACK-730 Packaging and the Environment 3
PACK-763 Packaging for End Use 3
  Packaging Electives 12
Second Year
PACK-783 Advanced Packaging Dynamics 3
  Packaging Electives 6
PACK-797 Graduate Project 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 36

Packaging science (comprehensive exam option), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
GRCS-701 Research Methods 3
PACK-742 Distribution Systems 3
PACK-730 Packaging and the Environment 3
PACK-763 Packaging for End Use 3
  Packaging Electives 12
Second Year
PACK-783 Advanced Packaging Dynamics 3
  Packaging Electives 9
PACK-795 Comprehensive Exam 0
Total Semester Credit Hours 36

 

Admission requirements

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

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent) in the final two years of undergraduate course work. 
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) 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.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 79 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.
  • 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 are appointed an academic adviser who works 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. Students choose a faculty adviser with approval from their program coordinator for their thesis or project. The faculty adviser guides the student on topic choice and works with the program coordinator for approval and timely completion of the thesis or project.


Career Outcomes

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