Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

College of Natural Resources

Wood Science and Forest Products


Virginia Tech Professional MBA Program

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA 24061

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Wood Products focusing on Packaging Systems

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Significant opportunities exist to improve the efficiency and safety of the global unit load logistics system for product storage and distribution by understanding how critical components in the system (packaging, pallets, and material handling equipment) interact during use. Packaging Science involves the use of materials, techniques, and machinery to develop and produce packages that protect products and promote sales. The most common packaging material is wood based (such as wood, paper, paperboard, etc.) and is used in corrugated containers, paper sacks, boxes, crates, and pallets. Packaging is a dynamic discipline that involves engineering, technology, design, business, and the environment. Challenging careers are available to graduates within this diverse and expanding industry. More packaging professionals will be needed to protect consumers, natural resources, and the environment through appropriate packaging. Program graduates can expect employment in a variety of industry groups including packaging manufacturers, box plants, wood pallet and container manufacturers, folding carton suppliers, an corporate packaging, warehouse, shipping, and logistics departments. Packaging professionals are also needed at companies who are large users of packaging, such as Dell, Dow, DuPont, GE, IBM, HP, P&G, Kraft, FedEx, UPS, Lowe's, 3M, GM, Toyota, etc. In addition, graduates of this program will be unique and highly desired in the industry with an understanding of transport packaging and unit load systems-based design techniques. Industry members interested in offering packaging science internships, cooperative education, or job placement for our students are welcomed to contact us any time.


Society of Wood Science and Technology

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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