Students in a sensory consumer science lab

Graduate Certificate in
Sensory and Consumer Science

Program Summary

Explore the science of consumer preference. Use the course work for this online graduate certificate program to learn how to obtain market data through research and translate that data into desirable product features.
How To Apply
Apply by April 15 to start May 15

How To Apply 

Costs and Financial Aid

12 Credits $1,007 per credit

Costs and Financial Aid 

Online Graduate Certificate in Sensory and Consumer Science

In an age where consumer choices change by the minute and market competition continues to increase for food and consumer products, companies need effective ways to meet consumer expectations and position their products for long-term success. Companies rely heavily on professionals who have the skills and knowledge needed to understand consumer preferences and link them to important product features as part of the product development process. 

The 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Sensory and Consumer Science can help prepare you to effectively obtain, analyze, and describe product and consumer insight; provide clear recommendations on optimizing the quality of products; and increase the market success of those products. By combining the study of sensory and consumer science and statistical content foundations, this online program can provide you with the skill set that employers value when hiring consumer research positions.

Your Online Sensory and Consumer Science Course Work at Penn State

As a student enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Sensory and Consumer Science, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from academic and industry experts who truly understand what is needed to succeed in the field of sensory and consumer science. The key concepts in your course work will include:

  • fundamentals of sensory practice
  • psychophysical and biological principles of human behavior, and how that behavior guides and informs sensory and consumer testing
  • the interaction of sensory and consumer science with marketing, consumer understanding, product development, and business
  • applied statistics and data analysis as used in sensory and consumer science

Who Should Apply to Penn State’s Sensory and Consumer Science Certificate Program?

Whether you already have a master’s degree and are looking for additional training in this field, or you are just starting your graduate education, this certificate is an excellent credential to help you formalize your skills and knowledge in sensory and consumer science.

As part of a challenging but rewarding curriculum, your online courses give you the flexibility and convenience to study around your own schedule without sacrificing quality. You can skip the commute and prepare for more rewarding career opportunities without leaving the comfort of your home.

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