Curricular Options

The online Global Food Law Program attracts a multidisciplinary group of students with a wide variety of backgrounds, each of whom is advancing their career by earning a Master’s degree in Global Food Law from the College of Law. Whether you are enrolling in a Global Food Law course as a College of Law Guest Student, or pursuing a certificate from the Institute for Food Law and Regulations, we have a curriculum option that can meet your needs.

  • MASTER’S DEGREE IN GLOBAL FOOD LAW

    The Global Food Law Program at the Michigan State University College of Law gives lawyers, regulators and other food industry professionals the flexibility to earn their Master of Laws (LLM) or Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) completely online.

    LL.M students with a prior J.D. degree must complete 26 credits. International LL.M. students who do not have a prior J.D. degree from a U.S. law school must complete 28 credits. M.J. students must complete 30 credits. M.J. students satisfy this requirement by taking 30 credits in a variety of core and elective courses, including 2 credits earned by completing the Foundations of Law and Legal Research course. LL.M. students with a U.S. J.D. degree will take 24 credits in a variety of core and elective courses, with 2 additional credits earned by completing the Fundamentals of Food Science and Safety for Lawyers course. For those students earning the LL.M. without a U.S. J.D., they must complete 24 credits in a variety of core and elective courses, with 4 additional credits earned by completing the Fundamentals of Food Science and Safety for Lawyers, and the Foundations of Law and Legal Research courses.

    Students typically complete the master’s program in about three years by taking one course per semester and studying year-round although they may take up to five years to complete the degree. The program is entirely online so there is no need to take a leave of absence or relocate to pursue the master’s degree.

    Tuition remains US$950 per credit hour regardless of residency.

    Global Food Law Program applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Application deadlines, requirements and tips »

  • COLLEGE OF LAW GUEST STUDENT INFORMATION

    It is critical in today’s ever-growing global marketplace to understand the legal complexities of food laws and regulations, and how they impact the flow of food and agricultural products across national boundaries. Guest students participate in the same courses as students pursuing their master’s degree and receive college credit for the coursework. Any Global Food Law course may be taken as a guest student.

    Master’s degree students often begin their study of Global Food Law by enrolling in a single course. Up to six credits earned as a guest student may be transferred in to a MSU College of Law Global Food Law master’s degree.

    Tuition is currently $950 USD per credit hour regardless of residency.

    Guest Student applications to the College of Law are accepted on a rolling basis. Application deadlines, requirements and tips »

  • INTERNATIONAL FOOD LAW DISTANCE EDUCATION CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

    Michigan State University is the only university in the world to offer an International Food Law Distance Education Certificate Program. This four course certificate, delivered by the Institute of Food Laws and Regulations (IFLR), allows students to be recognized for their continued learning through a series of region-specific food law courses. IFLR students may be able to transfer up to nine credits earned in pursuit of a certificate into a master’s degree in Global Food Law. (Certain requirements must be met.)

    Additional information about the International Food Law Distance Education Certificate Program »