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Food Industry Management Certificates

World Class Industry - Great Opportunities

Nearly one-fifth of US employment is related to food and consumer products. Over one-third of the top 50 global companies are food and drug firms. These companies are seeking strong business graduates with experience and a desire to start a career in the industry.

What is the Food Industry Management Certificate?

The PSU Food Industry Management Certificate is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the food industry. Combined with an undergraduate concentration such as human resources, accounting or finance, the food industry management certificate allows students to pursue a broader degree while obtaining specialized skills and training in food industry strategies and issues. The certificate program offers:

  • An understanding of current challenges and opportunities in the industry
  • Experience with cutting edge food industry related software
  • More than $50,000 in scholarships offered every year
  • Interaction, internships and practicums in industry
  • Opportunities to attend national food association conferences
  • Service, Not Just Classes

You can earn a Food Industry Management Certificate in addition to your School of Business major. Students also receive additional services:

  • More than $50,000 in scholarships offered each year
  • One-on-one advising from an experienced faculty member
  • Practicums, projects and internships with key food industry companies
  • Experience with industry software tools (Apollo from IRI)
  • Opportunities to attend national and regional industry conferences

Food Certificate Program Requirements



  1. Gain admission to the School of Business
  2. Complete courses in the undergraduate major option of choice
  3. Complete courses in the Food Industry Management Certificate, including prequesites


Food Industry Management Certificate Courses (20 Credits)

MKTG 435 Consumer Package Goods (4 Credits)
Prerequisites: BA 311 and/or BA 339

MKTG 375 Retailing (4 Credits)
Prerequisite: BA 311

ISQA 458 Purchasing and Logistics within the Food Industry (4 Credits)
Prerequesite: BA 339

MKTG 409 Food Industry Practicum/Internship (4 Credits)
Prerequisite: Prior Consent by Instructor

Directed Electives (Students are required to complete 4 credit hours of electives)

MGMT 351 Human Resource Management (4 Credits)

MGMT 445 Organizational Design and Change (4 Credits)

MGMT 464 Leadership Course (4 Credits)

ACTG 460 Advanced Mangerial Accounting (4 Credits)

MGMT 467 Sales Management (4 Credits)

MKTG 452 Business to Business Marketing (4 Credits)

MKTG 462 Customer Information & Relationship Mgt. (4 Credits)

Many of these electives can be applied to the major option of choice.


Supply & Logistics Management Major

Students majoring in Supply & Logistics Management are encouraged to earn the Food Certificate as well. Many courses overlap: contact the SLM advisor for specific requirements.


SBA-admitted students can register for each class by the normal procedure: using Touch-tone or Web Access registration. Non-admitted students should contact School of Business Administration Student Services, 503-725-3712 and/or PSU Admissions at 503-725-3511.