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Innovative Master’s Program Featured in Oregon Business

Marylhurst's innovative Master of Science in Food Systems & Society program was featured in the March 2013 issue of Oregon Business Magazine.

Excerpt from an article in Oregon Business Magazine, March 2013.

For many people around the country, Portland sounds like a place where the streets are paved with bacon-maple doughnuts, meticulously roasted coffee and artisan charcuterie. Yes, the city has a vibrant culinary scene, but it also is a hub of food banks, stores and eateries touting local- food sourcing, farmers markets and community gardens.

If Marylhurst University in Lake Oswego has its way, graduates from a new master's program will help better shape and guide those kinds of businesses and nonprofits. The food systems & society master's program, which launches in September, will enroll 15 students a year on a low-residency basis. The students will meet two times a year on campus and do the rest of their coursework online.

The degree was designed for midcareer professionals hoping to pursue what Patricia Allen, chair of the new program, says are new types of jobs that are being developed "day by day."

Will professionals with food-related jobs be willing to invest in this type of higher education?

Definitely, says Ron Paul, a private consultant and restaurateur. Paul came up with the idea for the degree and proposed it to Marylhurst. The university hired DHM Research in Portland to assess interest and led a discussion between 25 local academics, government leaders and business owners, which pushed the idea forward.

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