Master of Science in Food Industry Leadership

In the Master of Science in Food Industry Leadership online program, students will refine and build on the critical thinking and communications skills and techniques needed to successfully engage in implementing new technologies, strategic planning and managing change as a senior leader.

The Master of Science in Food Industry Leadership (MS-FIL) program provides tools, concepts, frameworks and practical hands-on projects in areas such as new/current technologies, strategic planning and managing change as a senior leader. 

The MS-FIL program is a hybrid program that is designed for working professionals and that takes place over a 16-month period. The program consists of two residential intensive weeks as well as online lectures, discussions, group projects, and other activities that are designed and delivered by subject matter experts across a variety of fields. 

Courses are taught by full-time faculty at USC Marshall School of Business. Coursework includes decision-making; innovation; organizational behavior; competitive strategies; accounting for management decision making; financial analysis and valuation; digital marketing; unconscious bias, diversity and inclusion; negotiation; communication; and more. 

The program ends with a capstone project wherein student teams are encouraged to create their own case studies utilizing current companies or issues affecting the food industry.

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Career Outcomes

  • CEO
  • President
  • Vice President
  • National/Regional Director
  • Executive Director
  • Sales Account Manager
  • Store Manager
  • R & D Supervisor
  • Other (chef, entrepreneur, writer)

Experiential Learning Requirement

Program consists of 16 months, of which two weeks and one weekend are onsite at the USC campus; the remaining weeks are 100 percent online. The first and second fall semesters begin with a one-week residential intensive which take place on the USC campus. The capstone project is presented in the final weekend of the program and also takes place on the USC campus.