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M.S. in Food Systems and Society

Earn your master's in food systems and society from Marylhurst

Now accepting applications for the 2015 cohort.

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Food Systems and Society is a low-residency, cohort-based graduate degree program focused on how to advance equitable food systems through analysis and inquiry.

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 In this program

Students identify and analyze societal factors in and perspectives on food system equity, expand critical thinking, collaboration, and synthesis skills for engaging social change . In addition, students learn to develop and communicate knowledge about food system equity and social change.

Ideal students for this master's program

Whether you are a mid-career professional or a recent graduate, you are an ideal student if you:

  • Are interested in food systems and society and the underlying assumptions that have contributed to current conditions. 
  • Are a self-directed, collaborative learner who can work independently but actively engage with cohort peers and faculty, in-person and online. 
  • Want to study food systems and society from an interdisciplinary perspective. 
  • Seek an academically rigorous graduate program to which you can devote at least 20 hours per week but is flexible enough to maintain your personal or work commitments. 
  • Want to produce a thesis that has the potential to promote social change in the food system.

A program intended for working professionals

The M.S. in Food Systems and Society combines interactive online classes delivered with collaborative 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 M.S. in Food Systems and Society program, contact our program coordinator, Emily Burruel, at

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