Food Safety & Quality Management - Online and Distance Education

Food Safety & Quality Management

Undergraduate Certificates | Food Safety & Quality Management

Food Safety & Quality Management

Entrance Exam: Not Required

The Food Safety & Quality Management Undergraduate Certificate provides individuals with basic skills and knowledge of food safety, quality control, and operations management concepts that are useful throughout the food manufacturing supply chain. It is available to non-degree seeking students and both undergraduate and graduate students at NC State University. Offered online, the 12-credit program includes three food science courses (9 credits) that address scientific principles and procedures associated with food safety and one elective course (3 credits) chosen from a number of fields. Each course is evaluated by the Quality Matters Rubric.


This certification is available to non-degree studies (NDS) students, as well as to degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students at NC State University. To participate in the program, contact Dr. Clint Stevenson, Online and Distance Education Coordinator in Food Safety Education and Training.

Individuals residing outside of the United States are welcome to take our online courses. Please complete and submit the International Clearance Form – a statement indicating that you will be participating and completing the online course while residing in your home country.


This 12-credit undergraduate program includes four three-credit undergraduate courses. At 2020-21 tuition rates, the cost of these courses is $237 per credit for North Carolina residents and $916 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the program is $2,844 for North Carolina residents and $10,992 for non-residents. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details.

Career Prospects

Ensuring the safety of the nation's food supply is a critical and growing need. This program provides skills and certification for those involved in food processing or inspection.