Food, Beverage & Goods Leadership Certificate

The Food, Beverage & Goods Leadership Certificate provides undergraduate students with an educational foundation in the field of food distribution, marketing, and management. Certificate requirements include the study of the overall competitive business marketplace of the food industry from a cross-industry perspective, consumer trends, trade relationships, supply and logistics issues, retailing and distribution, electronic commerce and an industry practicum. Combined with an undergraduate degree concentration such as human resources, accounting or finance, the Food Industry Leadership Certificate prepares students to work in a variety of fields within the highly specialized and growing field of food industry management. Students are required to gain admission to the School of Business through the regular admission process and must complete degree requirements specified for a business administration major.

Students must complete the following required courses in addition to one elective course. 

Required FB & G Leadership Certificate courses (20 Credits)

  • MKTG 435 Consumer Packaged Goods (4 Credits)
    • Prerequisites: BA 311 and/or BA 339
  • MKTG 375 Retailing (4 Credits)
    • Prerequisite: BA 311
  • ISQA 410 Data Analytics & Visualization (4 Credits)
    • Upper division class standing
  • MKTG 409 Food Industry Practicum/Internship (4 Credits)
    • Prerequisite: Prior Consent from Instructor

Plus one elective course (4 Credits)

  • MKTG 338 Professional Selling (4 Credits)
  • ACTG 460 Advanced Managerial Accounting (4 Credits)
  • MKTG 467 Sales Management (4 Credits) 
  • MKTG 373 Merchandise Management (4 Credits)

*Please note that you must pair this certificate with a business major option at PSU. There are additional requirements needed to earn a degree, please utilize the School of Business advising guide and the Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS).

Download the Food, Beverage & Goods Leadership Certificate Sequence Sheet (PDF) for additional details about our pre-requisites, requirements, credits and suggested sequences. Visit Degree Requirements for detailed requirements for your entire degree.

Student Opportunities

Business students at PLMA 2017

PLMA University Outreach Student Program

The School of Business Center for Retail Leadership invites interested current students to participate in a unique, structured and immersive educational program: The Private Label Manufacturers Association’s (PLMA) University Outreach Student Program.

Scholarship Opportunities 

The certificate provides students with an educational foundation in the field of food distribution, marketing and management. The food industry opens the door to leadership opportunities to grow into, income and amazing job connections. With the Food Industry Leadership Certificate, students will be prepared to work in a variety of food retail positions within industry management. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is September 7, 2018. The Center for Retail Leadership offers thousands of dollars in scholarships for our FILC program every year. 

The deadline to apply for the scholarship is September 7, 2018. Please use the link below to start the application process. 

FB&G Scholarship Application

Get Involved with the Crave Network!

What is The Crave Network?

The Crave Network is a bridge that connects the worlds of business and academia by linking students with food, beverage, and consumer packaged goods industry leaders and resources to create lasting relationships and an environment of shared learning and mentorship.

Why Be A Part of The Crave Network?

  • Numerous opportunities to meet and network with industry professionals
  • Network with fellow students dedicated to improving their career outlook
  • Be the first to learn about job opportunities within the industry
  • Form powerful, instructive, and personal relationships with potential employers in the food, beverage, and consumer packaged goods industry
  • Build your resume by volunteering for events specifically geared towards your dream industry

How Do I Get Involved with The Crave Network?

The Crave Network is looking for students interested in developing the student group, including board members for the below positions:

  • Events Coordinator
  • Alumni Relations Coordinator
  • Treasurer
  • Brand Ambassadors
  • Graphic Designer

Positions are open to all business and design majors looking to volunteer for and develop a student group that will bring you closer to the industries you love! If you’re interested in being a part of this student group in any capacity, email Zoe Davis, President of The Crave Network, at to see how you can get involved.

More Information

Contact the Executive Director of the Center for Retail Leadership, Jennifer Nolfi at 503-725-9805 or