Food Safety & Quality Assurance (MSc)

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The Master of Science Food Safety & Quality Assurance (MSc FSQA) is a course based program of a minimum of eight courses including a seminar course and research project course. This program is completed through a combination of online and on campus courses. 

NEW: This program is now available through Distance Education, with limited capacity for Fall 2021 entry. Please contact for details.

The MSc FSQA program provides advanced training in food safety and quality and other aspects of food science and technology. FSQA students acquire knowledge of the fundamentals of food policy development, Canadian and international food law, applied aspects of total quality management, food safety management systems, risk analysis, and detection and epidemiology of foodborne pathogens.

Applicants are expected to have completed undergraduate courses that prepare them for participation in the program. Sufficient background in microbiology, toxicology, statistics and analytical methods is required.

This program is offered through the Department of Food Science. More details on this program are available through the department's website.

How to Apply

Student Profiles

Say hello to Maria Benvenuto, a U of G graduate student in Food Safety & Quality Assurance and registered dietitian. Maria examines the high prevalence of nutrition and health-related marketing on ready-to-eat breakfast cereals and how this affects the products nutrient content and price.

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Maria Benvenuto, MSc
Food Safety & Quality Assurance

Meet the Profs

Say hello to the professors of the Department of Food Science in these 60-second snapshot videos. More faculty videos can be found here. 

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Keith Warriner
Food Safety
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Prof. Loong-Tak Lim
Food Product Packaging

Find Out More

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Contact Us

Kay Norwell
FSQA Graduate Secretary
519-824-4120, Ext. 52183

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