University of Nebraska - Lincoln

College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Food Safety & Defense, Certificate



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Food Safety and Defense graduate certificate

Format: Online

Program Description:

The Food Safety and Defense graduate certificate program addresses the advanced educational requirements of individuals currently working in the production, manufacturing, and quality monitoring of food products. The program is designed to serve the needs of industries and agencies that protect the food supply.

The 12 credit certificate program may be completed entirely online or by combining residence and distance courses. The courses are term-specific meaning that students will need to begin and complete the course during the offering period (usually a 14-16 week semester or shorter summer session).

Potential career paths for graduates of the program include:

•Food safety analyst

•Quality control specialist

•HACCP consultant

•Plant manager

•Food safety engineer

Who Should Consider This Degree?

This certificate is aimed at professionals with a bachelor's degree who are working in a food industry related field and interested in furthering their knowledge of food safety and defense, such as:

•Food industry professionals who want to enhance or add areas of expertise

•Professionals who want to fulfill challenging personal and professional goals

•Full-time professionals who want flexible course schedules and delivery

•Independent, self-motivated individuals with a strong commitment to lifelong learning


The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Chartered in 1869, UNL is an educational institution of international stature. Nebraska is listed by the Carnegie Foundation within the "Research Universities (very high research activity)" category. UNL is a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). UNL celebrated the 140th anniversary of its founding on Feb. 15, 2009.

International Student Requirements:

If your native language is not English, demonstrate English proficiency by proving at least one of the following: Paper-based TOEFL score of 577 or higher Internet-based TOEFL score of 90 or higher IELTS score of 6.5 or higher

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 12

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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