Admission Requirements

Master of Science in Packaging Engineering

The Masters of Science in Packaging Engineering is a thirty (30) credit graduate program designed to provide engineering students from all disciplinary with an interest in packaging engineering including packaging materials, packaging design and development, manufacturing, project management, sustainable and innovative packaging. Professionals working in packaging or a related field may enhance their education and on the job experience by earning this degree.

The interdisciplinary packaging program will be effective leverage using existing graduate education to provide individuals with diverse backgrounds with the tools to enter the field of packaging.  Many who are in the packaging industry have backgrounds in mechanical, materials science, industrial and/or chemical engineering. Based on the current understanding of packaging industry needs, this graduate degree will be useful for personnel who are in packaging departments; however do not have the proper education considering the subjects.

Professionals receiving their Masters in Packaging Engineering will be qualified to work in the packaging industry.  Packaging job opportunities are growing as the demand for packaging engineering background continues to rise. As a multi-billion dollar business, packaging is the world’s third largest industry on the basis of gross sales. With more people employed than any other business, the growing need for packaging backgrounds will soon far exceed the actual number of packaging educated. This makes our program very attractive to employers across the country as they seek to meet the rapidly growing need for packaging backgrounds. The steady growth in demand for packaging has ensured many of our students have jobs come their completion of the master’s degree. As long as products are being created, packaging engineering backgrounds will be in demand.

Requirements

A candidate is admitted on the basis of prior academic or professional performance. Please contact the program for additional information.

At minimum, requirements to be admitted for the Masters in Packaging Engineering degree:

  • A bachelor's degree with an engineering/science major from an accredited university
  • GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Personal Statement
  • Official transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE General
  • TOFEL (for international students)

To apply please go to https://grad.admissions.rutgers.edu/GraduateProgram/Detail.aspx?code=167...

Certificate of Packaging Engineering ONLY

At minimum, requirements to be admitted for the Packaging Engineering Certificate Program:
  • A bachelor's degree with an engineering/science major from an accredited university
  • GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume

Application Package consists of: 
Please read the description of each item carefully and submit all required materials requested at the Office of Graduate Admissions application form (online only)

  • Application fee (online only)
  • Official University Transcripts (Please request your transcript be sent to directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions for the respective campus- see address below)
  • Personal statement
  • Resume

*Do not submit copies of certificates or degrees or diplomas, secondary or high school information, sample papers or articles or books, or any other material not explicitly requested. 

All materials for your application should be submitted online (strongly recommended) or mailed in one envelope to be received at the Office of Graduate Admissions before the deadline to: 

New Brunswick Graduate Admissions
Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
56 College Avenue
New Brunswick NJ 08901-8530 USA
848-932-7711 

How to fill out an online application for Certificate ONLY:
  • Please go to http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu
  • Click on Apply, then apply again
  • Create a Login & Pin
  • Select: Non Degree Application
  • Fill out information
  • Select Professional Credit Programs
  • Select Packaging Engineering Certificate program
  • Continue with the application

Certificate of Packaging Engineering
Current Rutgers Graduate/PhD Applicants

Application Package consists of: 
Please read the description of each item carefully and submit all required materials requested Office of Graduate Admissions application form (online only).

  • Advisor Signature Form: with advisor/program director approval ***
  • Transcript
  • Personal statement
  • Resume

*Do not submit copies of certificates or degrees or diplomas, secondary or high school information, sample papers or articles or books, or any other material not explicitly requested. 

All materials for your application should be submitted online (strongly recommended) or mailed in one envelope to be received at the Office of Graduate Admissions before the deadline to: 

New Brunswick Graduate Admissions
Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 
56 College Ave 
New Brunswick NJ 08901-8530 USA 
848-932-7711 
 
How to fill out an online application for Graduate/PhD Students:
  1. Please go to http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu
  2. Click on Apply, then apply again
  3. Create a Login & Pin
  4. Select: Non Degree Application
  5. Fill out information
  6. Select Professional Credit Programs
  7. Select Packaging Engineering Certificate program
  8. Please then have your advisor sign the form that is available in the Forms Library - Please click here for the form.

** For Graduate/PhD Students with Financial Assistance 
Students who receive financial assistance (TA, Fellowship, and/or Research Assistantship) MUST have their Advisor sign an Advisor's Approval Form before they can be admitted into the Certificate.