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The food sector is the largest occupational category in the United States, and the field of sustainable and just food systems is growing rapidly. The MS in Food Systems & Society will serve as a foundation to enhance your current career or pursue new opportunities in this field.

Every day, new policies are being formed, new businesses are launching, social movements are growing and nonprofit organizations are expanding. Innovation is constant. Graduates of our MS in Food Systems & Society program may lead nonprofit organizations, work in the policy arena, create innovative enterprises, become food writers, social entrepreneurs or work in existing food-sector businesses. They also may create new initiatives we have yet to imagine!

This is an ideal time to pursue a career in this field for those who have a broad understanding of food issues and potential solutions. There's been an explosion of interest in food issues, food consumption and food practices. Demand for fundamental change is fueling new organizations, policies and practices.

The MS in Food Systems & Society program will help you be uniquely prepared to take advantage of these career opportunities. Specifically you will:

  • Be an interdisciplinary thinker and ethical leader, with the knowledge, skills and experience to effectively create social change by improving sustainability and equity in the food system
  • Be an able researcher and information synthesizer, skilled in collaborating and effectively communicating about the food system
  • Compile a portfolio of work that can be presented to future employers, funders and colleagues

If you're seeking additional business skills, you'll have opportunities to develop them through other Marylhurst departments and programs (ex. our MBA courses in food systems management). 

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