Regulatory Affairs of Food and Food Industries

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Why Regulatory Affairs of Food?

The Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs of Food and Food Industries offers in-depth theory and practical training for professionals entering or advancing in the field of regulatory compliance.

The Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs of Food and Food Industries' 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.

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Unique Features

  • Online program provides flexibility and interactive experience for working professionals
  • Cross-disciplinary approach offers students a comprehensive exposure to the field and enhances the experience of professionals who are already working
  • Electives supplement general courses and let students focus in depth on regulatory processes, business and marketing, and international regulations

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
  • Analyze comparative specific regulations governing the food industries and 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
  • Focus on food law, food policy, food science, business and marketing, regulatory processes, U.S. regulation of food, and international regulation of food
  • Integrate 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

Career Outlook

The average salary for a full-time, U.S.-based regulatory professional was $126,163 in 2013.

What you'll study

General Requirements

Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs of Food and Food Industries General Requirements
RFA 6100 - Introduction to Regulatory Affairs of Food and Food Industries
RFA 6110 - From Farm to Family Table: Understanding the Food Regulatory Life Cycle
RFA 6120 - Economic and Social Aspects of Food
RFA 6130 - Food Law in the United States
RFA 6200 - Comparing U.S. Regulatory Systems and Agencies
RFA 6215 - Risk Analysis and Hazard Analysis in the Food Industry
RFA 6225 - Introduction to Food Science
RFA 6235 - Regulatory Differences and Similarities: An International Investigation
RFA 6300 - Capstone: Regulatory Affairs of Food

Elective Courses

Regulatory Processes

RFA 6210 - Food Safety and Modernization
RFA 6220 - Food Safety and Surveillance: Concepts and Applications

Business and Marketing

Note: Personal and Career Development (COP 6940) or Integrative Experiential Learning (INT 6943) may only count toward one of the business and marketing elective courses. Enrollment in either of these courses requires participation in the Cooperative Education Program (subject to availability).

Complete two of the following:

RFA 6310 - Food Across International Borders: The International Food Trade
RFA 6350 - Political, Social, and Economic Influences on Food Law, Regulation, and Policy
NTR 6155 - Nutrition Entrepreneurship
NTR 6165 - Food and Society
COP 6940 - Personal and Career Development
3.00 - 4.00
INT 6943 - Integrative Experiential Learning
EDU 6184 - Interdisciplinary Foundations

International Food Regulations

Complete two of the following:

RFA 6410 - Landmark Changes in International Food Policy
RFA 6411 - International Surveillance and Regulation of Food
RFA 6412 - FDA Model Food Code: Implications for Industry
RFA 6413 - Total Food Protection from Farm to Fork
GST 6350 - Global Economics of Food and Agriculture

This program requires successful completion of a minimum of 48 credit hours that meet the degree requirements.

Did You Know?

More than 90% of regulatory professionals began working in another field before transitioning into regulatory.

Did You Know?

More than 40% of all regulatory professionals hold a master’s degree or higher.

Average Time to Completion

1.5-2 Years



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