Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security - Agricultural Biosecurity and Food Defense Option

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Learn to Safeguard America's Food Supply Chain

There are many different threats to our agriculture and food supply chain that occur naturally or are man-made. Such attacks may cause illnesses or loss of life, generate fear, cause economic loss, and create social instability. The Agricultural Biosecurity and Food Defense option in the intercollege Master of Professional Studies (iMPS) in Homeland Security can provide students with foundational knowledge about plant, animal, and food security issues, surveillance systems for infectious diseases, diagnostic and sensor technologies, disease-predictive models, protection and mitigation approaches, and microbial forensic capabilities.

Why Penn State for Your Homeland Security Education

Penn State offers a series of homeland security core courses that provide a fundamental understanding of homeland security issues. In addition, a series of optional and elective courses focus on topic areas such as food science and defense, plant protection, and animal security.

Penn State offers five online certificates including the Agricultural Biosecurity Graduate Certificate. The 12 credits earned in the certificate may be applied toward the Master's in Homeland Security Agricultural Biosecurity and Food Defense option.

Who Should Apply?

The online iMPS in Homeland Security Agricultural Biosecurity and Food Defense option is open to candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree. The degree is ideal for public health professionals, food safety analysts, quality control specialists, plant managers, food safety engineers, food defense coordinators, food inspectors, food microbiologists, and individuals working or studying food safety and biosecurity in industry, government, or academia.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

As a graduate in the agricultural biosecurity option, you can choose from occupations such as:

  • medical and health services manager
  • agricultural manager
  • food scientist and technologist
  • plant manager
  • quality control manager
  • agricultural inspector
  • agricultural science technician
  • food science technician

Information for Military and Veterans

Are you a member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse? Please visit our military website for additional information regarding financial aid, transfer credits, or application instructions. 

Online Education at Penn State

Penn State has a history of 100+ years of distance education and more than a decade of experience in online learning. We create an online learning environment that offers you the same quality education our residential students experience in a face-to-face setting. Learn more about Penn State World Campus.