Applied Research Project

The Master of Science in Food Safety degree program is designated as an MSU Plan B (non-thesis) Professional Science Master's Program.

  • Plan B refers to a professional practice/management program, with professional project or experience
  • focuses on the acquisition of well-defined professional skills appropriate for a terminal degree and for professional employment
  • program of study must include the specified requirements and be developed in cooperation with, and approved by, the student’s advisor

The required project is a total of 6 credits consisting of two 3-credit courses, VM 830 Food Safety Research Methods and VM 815 Applied Project.  VM 830 covers the topics necessary for designing the student’s project and preparing the final project proposal.  Students will then be ready to begin VM 815 on the completion of VM 830.

We recommend that the student initiate discussions with relevant faculty and the Program Director for potential projects for their VM 815 Applied Project early in the program.  Once the student has identified an applied project, the Director must approve the project.  Once the applied project is approved, a faculty with similar interest who is willing to work as a project advisor to the student will be appointed. 

For course detailed information of VM 830 and VM 815, visit the Courses & Electives page.

Sample applied project abstracts:

Allergen Control Verification &Validation; Food Safety Plan Preventive Control: Sanitation (B. Kraus, 2016)

“Combination of key factors as prominent instructors, trending topics in food safety along with teaching techniques that encourage leadership are the clue for this Master's Degree Program success; not to forget the warmth, care and personalized attention for us students...being part of the MSU alumni is going to leave a mark in all projects I'll pursue from now on.”

– Nancy Sanchez
  • 2012 Graduate