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Regulatory Affairs for Food Professionals Certificate

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Advance your career as a food professional in the government sector, international organizations, corporations, and more with this fully online credential. The Graduate Certificate in Regulatory Affairs for Food Professionals will increase your knowledge within regulatory affairs, from product development to launch, including marketing, labeling, distribution, and policy. You’ll gain leadership skills that will prepare you to collaborate, problem solve, and guide a team toward real-world solutions.

You can complete this certificate as a standalone credential or apply it as a stackable component of the 30-credit Master of Professional Studies in Applied Sciences Leadership.



Why Choose the Regulatory Affairs for Food Professionals Certificate?

  • It’s a career booster. This credential will give you the expertise and skills to accelerate your career in the food industry.
  • It’s timely. Learn the latest guidelines from expert faculty across disciplines who are leaders in the field.
  • It's accessible. Our fully online certificate is open to qualified applicants from around the country and the globe.
  • It’s relevant. Gain the knowledge needed to safely boost your company’s food product portfolio.



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Fall Application Deadline: July 15

Spring Application Deadline: November 15

Admission to the Regulatory Affairs for Food Professionals certificate is competitive and all applications are reviewed to ensure a good fit for academic success. Notification of admission decisions is made four to six weeks after the application deadline.

We strive to be equitable in the admissions process. Our program thrives with the inclusion of students from different backgrounds and cultural experiences. Our admissions committee reviews applications holistically, including all components of the application, and does not require standardized test scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). If you have questions about the admission requirements or would like advice on how to put together application materials, please contact us.

Minimum requirements:

  • bachelor's degree in the broader science disciplines from an accredited post-secondary US institution or its foreign equivalent
  • an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00*

The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is not required.

* In exceptional circumstances, promising applicants with lower GPA or less related work experience (three or more preferred), may be considered for the program. Explanation for GPA, and evidence that academic success at the graduate level is achievable, must be addressed in the application (extenuating circumstances).

  1. First, access the online application.
  2. All required application materials must be attached electronically to your application.

Applicant Statements

  • Professional statement: 1−2 pages articulating your career goals as related to the certificate
  • Diversity statement: Optional
  • Extenuating Circumstances statement: If your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, please provide an explanation

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required. Letters should be solicited from professional contacts who can provide a candid assessment of your abilities (including strengths and weaknesses), personality, character, and potential for graduate-level academic success and professional achievement.


Unofficial transcripts or academic records for each institution (even if you didn’t receive a degree) should be uploaded directly to the online application. International students should also upload an English translation if the transcript is not in English. If possible, make sure the institution has put your name on the transcript/record.

Resume or CV

Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.

GRE Scores

The GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) is not required.

Application Fee

A nonrefundable application fee is due on submission.

If your native language is not English, please submit scores from the TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS English proficiency examination. Read more about required scores.

  • Required TOEFL scores are 84 or above, with section scores of at least 21 on writing and at least 19 on reading.
  • Required IELTS score is 6.5 overall with 6.5 section scores for both writing and reading.
  • Required MELAB score is 84.

International students interested in the Master of Professional Studies in Applied Sciences Leadership should contact the International Student and Scholar Service for information on visa status.

​​How to Register for Graduate-Level Courses BEFORE Being Admitted to a Master’s Degree Program
Follow these steps to register:

  1. Download and submit a Registration Request for Graduate Credit for Nondegree Students Form. Registration for nonadmitted students is not available online.
  2. Send the form to the department offering the courses for authorization. This form must be used each term until you are admitted to a program.
  3. Upon authorization, the department offering the graduate course will forward the form to the registrar or provide you with further instructions.
  4. You will receive confirmation and payment instructions by email.

More information can be found on the One Stop page for nonadmitted students.

Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

We want to ensure you have access to the education you want. Find out more about financial aid or talk to our scholarship advisor.

COVID-19 Information

Prospective Students: Please connect with enrollment advisor Steve Wicks with your questions or to schedule an appointment.

Current Students: Reach out to your academic advisor with any questions.

The U of M Online website offers helpful tips and resources for students for successful online learning.

Let's Connect

You can learn more about the Regulatory Affairs program in a way that works for you. Enrollment Advisor Steve Wicks is here to help.

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Or you can give Steve a call at 612-301-6127.

Do you have a more detailed question or want to tell us a little bit about yourself before the meeting? Fill out this brief questionnaire.

Meet Steve

Steve works with prospective students who are interested in one of our graduate programs or certificates. He is happy to answer your questions about our degrees, admission requirements, and the application procedure. In his free time, he can usually be found in the woods or on the water, or cheering on all the Wisconsin sports teams.