Food Industry Management Programs

Admissions Information


Program Orientation

January 9 - 10, 2025

Program Dates

January 13 –April 30, 2025

Capstone Education Day

April 29, 2025


Graduation Banquet

April 30, 2025

WAFC Convention
(Palm Desert, CA)

May 3 –May 7, 2025


Admission Requirements

The Admission Committee evaluates each candidate’s potential by using both quantitative and qualitative criteria that include managerial accomplishments, academic ability and leadership potential. Specifically, the Committee considers:

  1. Potential for increased management responsibility
    Only high-potential employees of proven ability from food industry companies are eligible for admission into the program. Each application for admission must include a recommendation from the candidate’s employer company indicating the candidate’s past accomplishments and evaluating immediate and future management potential.
  2. Admission Recommendations
    Candidates benefit by having at least 60 semester units of college credit and a minimum GPA of 2.75 grade point average.  Individuals who have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree are also encouraged to apply. Official transcripts of all previous college work must be submitted to the program office.

NOTE: Candidates from non-English speaking countries must be able to pass USC’s oral and written English proficiency examinations.

How to Apply

Candidates can download an application from this web site or ask for an application from their company’s Human Resource office considering applying should reach out to our Assistant Director, Jennifer Fisher at for a short qualifications review.

Completing an Application

If you are deemed as eligible to apply, Jennifer Fisher, Assistant Director of the Food Industry Programs, will forward you the formal application. It must be completed and returned to the candidate’s employer.

Full-tuition Scholarships

A full-tuition scholarship is awarded to each participant admitted into the program. The scholarships are provided by the Western Association of Food Chains’ (WAFC) Educational Fund, which is supported by contributions from food industry supplier company.

Contact FIM Directly

Jennifer Fisher
Assistant Director, Food Industry Programs

Weekly Class Schedule

Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Classes are held each Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Most afternoons are dedicated to group projects, management tours to food industry companies and lectures by food industry executives who visit the USC campus to discuss new developments, topical subjects, and management strategies.

Preparing for Success

First Two Weeks of the Program

• Each participant will take a mini, online, self-paced Accounting preparation course prior to arriving on campus

• Participants will receive a list of several leadership books they can read ahead of time

• New students will participate in two days of orientation and systems training prior to the start of the program

• Housing recommendations and other important logistics information will be communicated once students have been admitted in the program


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