Government & Law
Number of Programs: 4
MSU's Institute for Food Laws and Regulations offers online graduate-level courses in food law and regulation for food industry professionals. The courses can be taken for university credit through MSU’s Lifelong Education Program, or as non-credit courses. Courses offered include:
- International Food Laws and Regulations
- Food Laws and Regulations in the United States
- Food Laws and Regulations in the European Union
- Food Laws and Regulations in Latin America
- Food Laws and Regulations in Canada
- Food Laws and Regulations China
- Codex Alimentarius - The Food Code
- Animal Health, World Trade and Food Safety (OIE)
- Regulatory Leadership in Food Law
- Wine, Beer, and Spirits Laws and Regulations
- The Law of the Foreign Supplier Verification Program Rul
- The Law of the Preventive Control for Human Food Rule
- The Law of the Produce Safety Rule
Courses are taught completely online by an international network of experts in food regulation. No books are required. Enrollment is as easy as registering for a conference, no transcripts are required. Students may take as few or as many courses as they wish, and may earn a certificate after successful completion of four applicable courses.
Alternative to the degree program, the Online Master of Science in Food Safety program offers a Certificate in Food Safety for Lifelong Education students who successfully complete any four of the program's qualifying graduate courses. Course Options for Lifelong Students:
- VM 811 - Evolution & Ecology of Foodborne Pathogens
- VM 812 - Food Safety Toxicology
- VM 814 - Packaging for Food Safety
- VM 817 - Pre-harvest Food Safety
- VM 821 - Food Protection & Defense
- VM 824 - Global Food Safety
- VM 825 - Quantifying Food Risk
- VM 827 - FSMA/HACCP
- VM 831 - Foodborne Disease Epidemiology
- VM 835 - Food Safety Produce
- VM 840 - Product Protection/Anti-Counterfeit Strategy
- FSC 810 - International Food Laws & Regulations OR FSC 811 - U.S. Food Laws & Regulations
Note: If a student later decides to apply to our graduate degree program and is accepted, MSU will allow transfer of up to 9 credits (with a grade of 3.0 or better in each course) earned through any combination of courses taken through lifelong education, graduate certification, or transfer from another institution.
Earning a master’s of Food Law is a strategic investment in your future. The Michigan State University College of Law Global Food Law Program gives lawyers, regulators and other industry professionals the tools they need to succeed in a constantly changing market.
The entirely online program can be completed in about three years by taking one course per semester and studying year-round. Online study allows students to pursue their master’s degree without the need to take a leave of absence from work or relocate. Advisors help students enroll in courses that will best enhance their careers allowing students to choose from a menu of courses.
The Online MS in Food Safety program is a Professional Science Masters, which means its core curriculum is based heavily in the sciences while also including leadership and food law components. Elective choices have been designed to offer students flexibility according to their interests by addressing the large number of current issues which face food safety and regulatory professionals today. The program’s courses are immediately applicable to students current positions while, at the same time, preparing them for future leadership roles within food regulation and industry. This accredited program is a non-traditional, terminal degree requiring a Plan-B Applied Project. It consists of 10 3-credit courses, pulling content from more than 80 instructors and subject experts from around the world.