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MS in Food Systems & Society

The MS in Food Systems & Society is an innovative degree program designed to advance equitable food systems through analysis, inquiry, and practice. Students will examine food system equity; expand critical thinking and synthesis skills, and research perspectives on and approaches to improving food system equity.

Whether you're a mid-career professional or a recent graduate, you are an ideal student for this degree program if you:

  • Are interested in food systems and motivated to improve them
  • Are a self-directed, collaborative learner who wants to engage actively in seminar-style discussions both on campus and online
  • Want to study food systems from an interdisciplinary perspective
  • Seek a rigorous graduate program that is flexible enough to allow you to maintain career, personal life and community commitments
  • Want to produce a thesis or capstone project that promotes social change in the food system

The MS in Food Systems & Society is a low-residency, cohort-based program. It combines interactive classes delivered online with in-person intensive sessions. Students will come to campus twice each year for intensive sessions with program faculty and other food system leaders. It is a hybrid learning model that allows you to develop lasting peer relationships both in person and through dynamic online communication and continue to live and work in your community of choice.

For more information about the MS in Food Systems and Society program, contact our program coordinator, Emily Burruel, at

Apply now for the 2015 cohort.  

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