Graduate Degree

Packaging - Doctor of Philosophy

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

Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.

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, or a completed bachelor's degree in packaging or related science or engineering area with significant intensive research experience such as having peer-reviewed journal publications as the main author, or conducting several semesters of research work.  
  2. A grade–point average of at least 3.40 for the bachelor's or 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. One of the following courses (3 credits):
PKG 805 Advanced Packaging Dynamics 3
PKG 815 Permeability Shelf Life 3
2. Both of the following courses (7 credits):
PKG 825 Polymeric Packaging Materials 4
PKG 860 Research Methods 3
3. An additional 3 credits of 800-level Packaging courses excluding PKG 890.
4. Complete 24 to 36 credits in PKG 999 Doctoral Dissertation Research.
5. Pass both a written and an oral comprehensive examination.
6. 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.
7. Successfully defend the dissertation.