Food Safety & Defense
Certificate Degree: Graduate Certificate Program Type: Online Interest: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Program Type: International

This certificate addresses the advanced educational requirements of individuals currently working in the production, manufacturing, and quality monitoring of food products. It's intended for individuals directly involved in agriculture and food production who serve the needs of industries and agencies protecting our food supply.

Who Should Consider This Degree

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

Tuition & Fees For Food Safety and Defense

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This program is part of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA), a consortium of 11 universities offering fully online graduate programs. Each university brings a unique strength to the multi-institution academic programs.

  • You apply, and are admitted at one university. In this case the University of Nebraska-Lincoln;
  • enroll in your courses at UNL and other Great Plains IDEA member institutions; and,
  • graduate or receive a certificate from UNL.

View GPIDEA Food Safety & Defense information.

Certificate: Application & Admission

Program & Courses

The 12 credit hour 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).

  • Core Courses (9 credit hours)
  • Elective Courses (3 credit hours)
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Transfer Credits

Each degree program within the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is responsible for evaluating transfer credit and determining how the credit will apply to your specific degree program.

The evaluation of transfer credit is based on a review of the comparability of the nature, content and level of the learning experience and its appropriateness to the degree program.

If you're interested in transferring credit, you will need to consult with the UNL academic department associated with your major. In most instances, you will be requested to submit the respective course syllabus.

Transfer credit information for graduate degrees

Career Services

If you’re enrolled as a degree seeking student in a UNL program you’ll have access to the same career services as on-campus students. Don’t live in the immediate area? We’ll come to you by providing phone or Skype consultations.

After you graduate, the Nebraska Alumni Association will continue to help with resources and events for job seekers.

Potential career paths include:

  • Food safety analyst
  • Quality control specialist
  • HACCP consultant
  • Plant manager
  • Food safety engineer


Online courses are taught by the same award-winning professors and researchers who teach on-campus classes.

Faculty advisers will help you choose courses that will define your personal and career goals while completing your degree.

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