Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs of Food and Food Industries

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Credits Required for Graduation 47
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The Master of Science in the 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.

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.

Program Objectives 

  • Provide a fundamental understanding of the basic stages of the food-production (farm to fork) life cycle:
Food Science, Risk and Hazard Analysis, Economic Influences, Legal / Policy Change, and Regulatory Touch Points
  • Comparative analysis of specific regulations governing the food industries and of food regulatory systems – both foreign and domestic
  • Examine history of food regulatory affairs and key market / economic implications
  • Detail the several stakeholder groups and their divergent interests, actions, and ability to influence food regulatory structures and outcomes
  • Develop concrete management tools to coordinate regulatory projects within small, medium, and large companies
  • The program focuses on food law, food policy, food science, business and marketing, regulatory processes, US regulation of food, and international regulation of food.
  • The program integrates current concerns and developments in how regulatory process is shaped by bureaucratic constraints; scientific and policy concerns; input from industry, consumers, and advocacy groups; and how regulatory developments influence food issues.



 Total Quarter Hours: 45-47


Required Core Courses (27 q.h.)

RFA 6100 Introduction to Regulatory Affairs of Food and Food Industries 3 q.h.
RFA 6110 From Farm to Family Table: Understanding the Food Regulatory Life Cycle 3 q.h.
RFA 6120 Economic and Social Aspects of Food 3 q.h.
RFA 6130 Food Law in the United States 3 q.h.
RFA 6200 Comparing U.S. Regulatory Systems and Agencies  3 q.h. 
RFA 6220 Food Safety and Surveillance: Concepts and Applications 3 q.h. 
RFA 6225   Introduction to Food Science  3 q.h. 
RFA 6235 Regulatory Differences and Similarities: An International Investigation  3 q.h.
RFA 6300 Capstone: Regulatory Affairs of Food  3 q.h. 

Elective Courses

Regulatory Processes (6 q.h.)

Choose two regulatory process elective courses:

RFA 6205 Key Submissions for Food Regulatory Affairs 3 q.h.
RFA 6210 Food Safety and Modernization 3 q.h.
RFA 6215 Risk Analysis and Hazard Analysis in the Food Industry 3 q.h.
RFA 6230 The Scientific, Social, and Commercial Aspects of Genetically Modified Foods 3 q.h.

Business and Marketing (6-7 q.h.)

Choose two business and marketing elective courses:

RFA 6310 Food Across International Borders: The International Food Trade 3 q.h.
RFA 6315 From Farm to Dinner Table: The Industrialization and Commercialization of Food  3 q.h.
RFA 6350 Political, Social, and Economic Influences on Food Law, Regulation, and Policy 3 q.h.
NTR 6155 Nutrition Entrepreneurship   3 q.h.
NTR 6165 Food and Society  4 q.h.
COP 6940

Personal and Career Development

3 q.h. 
INT 6943

Integrative Experiential Learning

3 q.h.  

 COP 6940 or INT 6943 may only count toward one of the business and marketing elective courses.  

International Food Regulations (6-7 q.h.)

Choose two international food regulations elective courses:

RFA 6410 Landmark Changes in International Food Policy 3 q.h.
RFA 6411 International Surveillance and Regulation of Food  3 q.h.
RFA 6430 Food Safety and Commercialization in Emerging Economies  3 q.h.
GST 6350 Global Economics of Food and Agriculture  4 q.h.


Total Quarter Hours: 45-47  


Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose
  • Professional resume: Current resume that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
  • Two letters of recommendation: from individual(s) with either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities, such as a faculty member, current employer, mentor, or colleague
  • Official undergraduate degree documentation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines
  • Website Transcript Copy: To submit and complete your application you are able to upload your unofficial transcript directly to your online application. It can be uploaded in PDF format directly to the online application. Please ensure that the scanned documents are readable and include all courses, grades, (i.e. marks, scores, etc.) and credits completed to date. The scanned documents should also include information pertaining to the institution's grading scale. If accepted, you will additionally need to provide your official transcript. In order for a transcript to be "official," it must be in a sealed envelope from the transferring college or university.

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Graduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Estimated total tuition for this program is $32,477.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of quarter hours. Most courses are 3-6 quarter hours. See Graduate Tuition Rates for details.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2017-18 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.

Learning Outcomes

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Specialized Knowledge
    Investigate and recommend solutions to solve complex problems within the food industry, from the farm to fork, drawing on the cohesive knowledge in the field of regulatory affairs including current research, theories, practices, tools, and technologies.
  2. Broad and Integrative Knowledge
    Articulate and defend the significance and implications of food industry regulations in a wider social or global context drawing on theories, tools, and strategies from various industries and fields of study such as food science and economics.
  3. Applied and Collaborative Learning
    Create and rationalize a professional development product, such as a training module, on implementation of food regulatory guidelines and industry compliance that can be used outside the classroom for respective audiences.
  4. Civic and Global Learning
    Integrate food laws and international regulations, skills, and knowledge to develop an approach to a civic, social, environmental, or economic issue at the local, national, or global level.
  5. Experiential Learning
    Connect RFA theory to practice via experiential opportunities including integrative co-op, research, or simulated activities.

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