Food Systems and Society (M.S.)

Earn an M.S. in Food Systems and Society (online) from Marylhurst

Are you inspired to solve food system challenges on an individual or global scale? The Master of Science (M.S.) in Food Systems and Society program at Marylhurst University is an online graduate degree focused on the advancement of equitable food systems through analysis and inquiry.

Food systems are the heart of our societies, providing basic human needs, livelihoods and social connection. In connecting culture, politics, environment, health and economy, contemporary food systems both embody and reveal social problems and possibilities. Never before have we faced the scope of issues we confront today, and never before have there been so many inspiring people, ideas and organizations working towards social justice and social change in the food system.

In this two-year master’s program, you will focus on food systems and social change using inquiry, experience and reflection to study fundamental challenges and approaches involved in developing more equitable and sustainable food systems.

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Benefits of the Marylhurst Food Systems and Society Program

Marylhurst University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Courses are offered online. Students in the program come to Marylhurst’s beautiful campus once per year for a weekend residency.

Remain in your community and career while you earn your master’s degree. Choose to study full-time or part-time.

Small classes (even online) with expert faculty, and an extensive alumni scholar activist community in the food system.

Marylhurst offers a wide range of scholarships, including funding reserved for Food Systems and Society graduate students. In fact, the university awards (on average) $1 million in scholarships per year.

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Explore the Marylhurst Food Systems Degree

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“Why a food systems degree? Growing up in Iowa seeing endless cornfields and dying small towns all around me, I began asking questions about the causes and consequences of contemporary food systems and sought the tools to answer those questions. The Marylhurst food systems program provides those tools and provides an inquisitive atmosphere to pursue solutions. We offer highly engaged faculty who share a commitment to social justice and social change in the food systems and who challenge students to develop the food systems skills and expertise of most interest and importance to them. And above all else, we’re the only online, low-residency food systems program focused on social justice and change .” ~ Sean Gillon, Ph.D. – Food Systems Faculty at Marylhurst


Food Systems and Society Scholarship

Students earning an M.S. in Food Systems and Society online can benefit from a needs-based scholarship based on eligibility.  Receive up to $1,000 per term.

Food Systems and Society Travel Scholarship

Receive up to $500 toward travel expenses for attending the campus sessions once a year.

Alumni Scholarship

Did you receive your bachelor’s degree at Marylhurst? You’re eligible for our Alumni Scholarship, which means your first class is free (up to $2,600) and the $150 matriculation fee is waived.

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Current graduate tuition for the Food Systems & Society program is $628 per credit. All courses are four credits. The M.S. in Food Systems program is 48 – 52 credits in length for an approximate total program cost of $30,144 – $32,656 (based on current tuition).

Marylhurst has little-to-no fees (so there are no surprises).

Marylhurst offers extensive financial aid management services and help, including scholarships.

Emulating the growing culture in Portland that rewards intentional consumer behavior, communities across the nation are beginning to consider their individual contributions to food system challenges and solutions. The food system can be impacted through many fronts; if everyone makes a conscious choice to work in just one area where they are passionate, issues in the food system will dissipate, leaving an equitable solution for all. 
// 10 Simple Actions to Positively Impact the Food System

Beth Smoker, Class of 2016, Food Systems and Society, Marylhurst UniversityAt 30, Beth Smoker knew it was time for a career transition. After earning a master’s in Food Systems and Society from Marylhurst, Beth effects real change in her local food system – and in people’s lives. Learn more about her work to advance social justice and inspire societal action towards an equitable and sustainable food system.

// Read how Beth is applying her M.S. in Food Systems and Society  

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The M.S. in Food Systems & Society program is now accepting inquiries and applications for 2018.

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