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  • Contact:
  • 130 Packaging Building
    Michigan State University (MSU)
    East Lansing, MI 48824
    United States
    Phone: 517-355-9595

  • Degrees Granted:
  • Masters, Doctorate

  • Programs offered:
  • On-campus, Online

  • Description:
  • The School of Packaging offers both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Packaging. Both programs are quite flexible, and allow students to increase both the breadth and depth of their knowledge in packaging, as well as expand their knowledge in related areas. (University Application)

    Students choosing the Plan A (Thesis) M.S. program will include a substantial research experience in their learning. Students choosing the Plan B (Non-thesis) M.S. program will have a less extensive research experience, but will take more coursework in packaging.

    Ph.D. students will have an extensive and intensive research experience, as well as additional coursework. Completion of an M.S. degree is required for admission to the Ph.D. program. (Ph.D. Supplemental Application - PDF format) (Ph.D. Recommendation Letter - PDF format)

    At the graduate level, the student body is best characterized by its diversity. There is a substantial representation of international students from a variety of countries in Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Many students, both international and domestic, have completed undergraduate degrees in a discipline other than packaging. Engineering and science-related degrees are most prevalent, but business degrees are not uncommon, and other degrees have included printing technology, product design, and many more.

    Employment prospects at the graduate level are excellent. Few students leave the program without at least one job offer in hand. Graduates are more likely to go into education, research, or management positions than undergraduates, and less likely to go into production positions. However, the variety of types of companies employing graduates is just as wide.

  • Financial Aids:
  • Financial aid opportunities from the School of Packaging include
    graduate teaching assistantships, graduate research assistantships,
    fellowships and scholarships. Some are specifically designated for
    minority students and women. Many fellowships and scholarships are
    restricted to citizens and permanent residents of the United States.
    The School of Packaging does not generally award any financial aid
    to newly entering international students at the MS level. All international
    students, except those on the on-line program, must provide the
    Admissions Office with proof of adequate financial support before
    they will be admitted to the university.

    Financial aid from the School is generally not available to students
    in the on-line program.

    Many other sources of financial aid exist. The Graduate School's
    Funding Guide lists some of these, and also provides information
    on how to access additional resources.

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