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 food regulatory affairs.
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.
- 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 already working professionals
- Range of elective courses supplement general courses and lets students focus in-depth on regulatory processes, business and marketing, and international regulations
- 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
- Comparative analysis of specific regulations governing the food industries and of 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
- The program focuses on food law, food policy, food science, business and marketing, regulatory processes, US regulation of food, and international regulation of food
- The program integrates 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
The average salary for a full-time, U.S.-based regulatory professional was $126,163 in 2013.
Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis, however we do recommend following the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term. If you are an international applicant, please view our international application deadlines.
Fall Term A:
Start date: September 18
Recommended Admissions Deadline: September 8
Fall Term B:
Start date: October 30
Recommended Admissions Deadline: September 18
Winter Term A:
Start date: January 9
Recommended Admissions Deadline: November 28
Winter Term B:
Start date: February 21
Recommended Admissions Deadline: January 9
Spring Term A:
Start date: April 10
Recommended Admissions Deadline: February 27
Spring Term B:
Start date: May 22
Recommended Admissions Deadline: April 10
Summer Term A:
Start date: July 10
Recommended Admissions Deadline: May 29
Summer Term B:
Start date: August 7
Recommended Admissions Deadline: June 26
- Online application
- Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): identifies your educational goals and expectations of the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose
- Professional resume
- Official undergraduate transcripts: must be provided in a stamped and sealed envelope from the institution(s), stating degree conferral and date
- Two letters of recommendation: from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities such as a faculty member, colleague, or mentor, preferably one from your current employer
- English Language Proficiency Proof: students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
- Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S, stating degree conferral and date
- TOEFL, IELTS, or NU Global Exam scores
48-56 total quarter hours required.
Complete two of the following:
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:
International Food Regulations
Complete two of the following:
Northeastern's signature experiential learning model combines academics with professional practice to help students acquire relevant, real-world skills they can apply to their desired industry. Each program offers its own unique experiential learning opportunities, but they might include:
- Experiential Learning at Work — Working professionals collaborate with their employer to develop a project that addresses a key business need their company has in an area they want familiarity with.
- Experiential Network (XN) — Students work virtually with a sponsoring organization on a short-term project over a six-week period.
- Full-Time Co-op Opportunities — Students on co-op work in a paid position in their field of study for three to six months.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and in fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors, and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 230,000 alumni and 3,000 employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global NGOs. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional campuses further foster that lifelong global community of learning and mentoring.
Below is a look at where our Regulatory Affairs alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.
Where They Work
- Teva Pharmaceuticals
What They Do
- Quality Assurance
- Healthcare Services
What They're Skilled At
- Regulatory Affairs
- Pharmaceutical Industry
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration
- Clinical Trials
- Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)
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