Regulatory Affairs of Food and Food Industries, MS

The Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs of Food and Food Industries is designed to offer a combination of theory and practical training for professionals looking to enter into, or advance in, the field of food regulatory affairs.

Our courses and curriculum are cross disciplinary, covering topics and methods that lie at the intersection of the life sciences, agricultural planning, food science, nutrition, law, economics, international relations, and regulatory policy. The breadth of the curriculum provides students from various educational and employment backgrounds with the opportunity to contribute to an evolving market.

Successful graduates of the program will gain the necessary knowledge and requisite skills to serve as leaders in the domain of food regulatory affairs. They will be equipped to serve instrumental roles in the formation of public policies, the implementation of regulatory guidelines, industry’s compliance with regulations, and the regulatory strategies of companies looking to create a sustainable competitive advantage in the food industry.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Required Courses

RFA 6100Introduction to Regulatory Affairs of Food and Food Industries3
RFA 6110From Farm to Family Table: Understanding the Food Regulatory Life Cycle3
RFA 6120Economic and Social Aspects of Food3
RFA 6130Food Law in the United States3
RFA 6200Comparing U.S. Regulatory Systems and Agencies3
RFA 6215Risk Analysis and Hazard Analysis in the Food Industry3
RFA 6225Introduction to Food Science3
RFA 6235Regulatory Differences and Similarities: An International Investigation3
RFA 6300Capstone: Regulatory Affairs of Food3

Elective Courses

Regulatory Processes

Complete two of the following:8
Key Submissions for Food Regulatory Affairs
Food Safety and Modernization
Food Safety and Surveillance: Concepts and Applications
The Scientific, Social, and Commercial Aspects of Genetically Modified Foods

Business and Marketing

Note: Personal and Career Development (COP 6940) or Integrative Experiential Learning (INT 6943) may only count toward one of the business and marketing elective courses. Enrollment in either of these courses requires participation in the cooperative education program (subject to availability).

Complete two of the following:4-8
Food Across International Borders: The International Food Trade
From Farm to Dinner Table: The Industrialization and Commercialization of Food
Political, Social, and Economic Influences on Food Law, Regulation, and Policy
Nutrition Entrepreneurship
Food and Society
Personal and Career Development
Integrative Experiential Learning
Interdisciplinary Foundations

International Food Regulations

Complete two of the following:8
Landmark Changes in International Food Policy
International Surveillance and Regulation of Food
FDA Model Food Code: Implications for Industry
Total Food Protection from Farm to Fork
Global Economics of Food and Agriculture

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

48–56 total quarter hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required