Food Safety and Defense, Cert
Protecting the human food supply from accidental or deliberate contamination of pathogenic microbes and toxicants
The Food Safety & Defense online graduate certificate program is an inter-institutional certificate program offered as part of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA / AG IDEA), in cooperation with Iowa State University, Kansas State University, and the University of Missouri.
This online certificate can complement a graduate degree program or allow food industry professionals to advance their careers while working full-time to pursue in-depth specialized training. Core courses include Food Microbiology, Food Safety and Security, HACCP, and Food Toxicology as well as two additional elective courses.Courses
Find courses at: https://catalog.unl.edu/graduate-professional/programs/grad-cert/#FDSD.
- Food Safety Analyst
- Food Safety Engineer
- HACCP Consultant
- Plant Manager
- Quality Control Specialist
Applying for Admission
Standard requirements for all graduate programs
- Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
- Transcripts (unofficial): Uploaded as part of application form.
If International: Uploads must include all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certiﬁcates, diplomas, and degrees plus certiﬁed English translations.
After admission: Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certiﬁed records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certiﬁed copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.
- If applicant’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.
When sending TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.
- If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
- Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.
Additional requirements specific to this program
- Personal Statement: One-page statement including your professional goals and how enrolling in this program will assist you in meeting your professional goals.
- Letters of Recommendation: At least 1, up to 3.
Admission Application Deadlines
- July 15 for Fall (August) Admission
- November 15 for Spring (January) Admission
- April 1 for Summer (May) Admission
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