Food Systems Admissions Requirements

Food Systems and Society (M.S.) Admissions Requirements

Welcome! Making the choice to apply to graduate school is a big decision. We’re glad you’re ready to move forward and apply for our Master of Science in Food Systems and Society – an in-depth, connection-building program in which you join a network of students and faculty who want to impact the world through food equity, social justice and advocacy in food systems . Please review the admissions requirements carefully. If you have any questions, we’re happy to help: or 503.699.6268.

Application Deadline

Review of applications will begin on April 30th for the Food Systems program. Applications completed by this date will be given priority. Applications received after this date are welcome and will be reviewed on a case by case basis. You will start your classes in the fall.

M.S. in Food Systems and Society: Admissions Requirements

Because you are applying to a master’s program at Marylhurst, we require that you hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a 3.0 cumulative G.P.A.

Amanda Stover – Graduate Admissions Counselor

“I often get asked, ‘what is a master’s degree in food systems mean?’ and I love explaining the content of this program and highlight the networks of like-minded, socially focused peers and the incredible faculty who are all thought leaders in fields like food equity, social justice and food sustainability. Applying to graduate school is a big decision, and the requirements and process can seem confusing. I’m here to help you navigate the process and answer your questions. Feel free to reach out to me for help with your graduate admissions application.”

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Food Systems Program: Application Process

Here are the items you will need to submit to formally apply for the M.S. in Food Systems and Society program at Marylhurst. As you review the list, know that we’re here to help you if you have any questions about the required materials for admissions. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

  • Complete the online application
    Don’t worry about finishing the application in one session. You can save your work, log out and return to the application at a later time. Your information will be saved.
  • Within the online application, you will also be directed to submit:
    • Resume or CV
    • Official transcript from the regionally accredited institution where you earned a degree
      (additional transcripts may be requested as proof of program pre-requisites). 
    • Recommendations
    • Statement of intent
    • Writing sample

As part of the application process, you may be invited for an interview with program faculty. Interviews are scheduled once we receive your completed application.

Official Transcripts
Official transcripts must be received by Marylhurst University in the original unopened envelope or through approved electronic means from the originating institution. Sounds very legal, but it’s pretty straightforward: contact your previous institutions and request an official transcript to be sent directly to Marylhurst: 17600 Pacific HWY, PO Box 261, Marylhurst, OR 97036-0261. Official transcripts can also be sent via a secure delivery service such as National Student Clearinghouse, eSCRIP-SAFE, or Parchment. Directions on how to do this will also be available within the online admissions application.

Statement of Intent
In 1,000 words or less, please address why you are interested in learning to think more critically about food systems and society. Reflect on your motivation to create social change in the food system and the personal and/or professional experiences that have contributed to your interest. In addition, you may address your reasons for pursuing graduate study and/or how a low-residency, online program contributes to your goals.

Two confidential recommendations from individuals acquainted with your potential for success in graduate studies are required. Recommendations from family members or personal acquaintances are not appropriate and will not be considered.

You will need the names and email addresses for your two recommenders to submit in the application portal. Your recommenders will then be emailed a link to the online recommendation form and can submit the recommendation online. You will be able to see in your online application checklist if the recommendation has been received.

Writing Sample
Submit a sole-authored, 5-10 page writing sample, preferably on a topic related to food systems and society. We are looking for evidence of your ability and/or potential to develop key questions, construct reasoned arguments based on evidence and assess or analyze the significance of what you have presented. Your sample may be something you have already written or write for the purpose of this application.

  Are you applying as an international student?  Please review these additional requirements for graduate international student applicants.

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