Graduate Degree - Packaging - Doctor of Philosophy

Packaging - Doctor of Philosophy
Program Code:
0486 Packaging
Program Level:
Award Type:
Doctor of Philosophy
Start Term:
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
School of Packaging
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College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

School of Packaging

Graduate Study
Packaging - Doctor of Philosophy

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the student must meet the requirements specified below.


To be considered for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy degree program in packaging, an applicant must submit scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test.

To be admitted to the Doctor of Philosophy degree program in packaging on regular status, a student must have:

  1. Completed a master's degree program in packaging, or in a related science or engineering area, for which a thesis was required. 
  2. A grade–point average of at least 3.40 for the master's degree program.
  3. Acceptable scores on the GRE General Test.

Provisional admission may be granted to an applicant who does not meet the above requirements but shows outstanding potential.

Guidance Committee

At least three members of the student's guidance committee must be faculty members in the School of Packaging, and at least one member must be a faculty member from outside the school.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Packaging

The student must:

1. Complete both of the following courses:
PKG 860 Research Methods 3
PKG 985 Analytical Solutions to Packaging Design 3
2. Complete additional 800–900 level courses related to the student's dissertation research as specified by the student's guidance committee.
3. Pass both a written and an oral comprehensive examination.
4. Complete a dissertation in one of the following areas of packaging:  material science applications in packaging, food packaging, healthcare packaging, mass transport applications, or the dynamics and physical distribution aspects or human factors in packaging.