Clemson Graduate School

Clemson Graduate School

Packaging Science

General Information

Degrees Offered


The M.S. degree program in packaging science is designed to prepare the graduate to work independently in the research, development, and application of new packaging materials and processes. A variety of fields of research related to foods, distribution, design, medical and healthcare, polymers, biopolymers, active packaging are available as focus areas of thesis research. The overall curriculum for the M.S. degree is individually designed to augment the student's background and to provide a broad understanding of packaging science along with the selected specialized knowledge in the area of the student's research.

Masters of Science Degree Curriculum
The curriculum requires the completion of an approved thesis and 24 credit hours. The program is designed to prepare the graduate to work independently in research, development and applications of new packaging processes and materials.

A Ph.D. in associated disciplines is also offered through the Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences Department.  The majority of students have elected to choose the Ph.D. program in Food Technology and have their major advisor and research performed in the Packaging Science Department; however, similar programs are available through other disciplines offered at Clemson University.  In addition, students have also elected to obtain dual Master of Science degrees in affiliated programs such as materials science or graphic communications.

Graduate students may be accepted with backgrounds relating to chemistry, physics, mathematics, biology or engineering. Graduate students with backgrounds in business or graphic communications or other disciplines may accepted on a provisional basis which converts to full acceptance after completing courses equivalent to the basic science and mathematics courses in the department's undergraduate curriculum.

About the Program

For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Paul Dawson)

Application Requirements

Required Documents

For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Paul Dawson)

Financial Aid

To see the proposed Graduate Tuition Rates for this academic year, click here.

The School or Program offers a number of graduate assistantships to students each year based on merit. These are offered in the form of stipends and the additional benefit of tuition remission. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to qualify for a graduate assistantship and must work a minimum of 10 hours a week as a teaching or research assistant or perform other tasks assigned by the School or Program.

Program Coordinator

Additional Contact

  • Kim Collins
  • 223 Poole Agricultural Center
  • Phone: (864) 656.3397
  • Email:

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