Food Systems and Society (M.S.)

Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon

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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The Food Systems master’s degree is a two-year program offered primarily online with one, short visits to Marylhurst’s campus per year.  As part of the program, you will complete 48 credits of coursework and finish with a master’s thesis project. Learn more about the food systems and society program’s innovative curriculum.

The food sector is the largest occupational category in the United States, and the field of sustainable and just food systems is growing rapidly. Our M.S. in Food Systems and Society prepares you to make a difference at an individual and global level.

With a Marylhurst master’s degree in food systems and society, you will develop a foundation to enhance your current career or pursue new opportunities in this accelerating field.

Marylhurst’s food systems program is offered in a highly accessible format. Courses are offered online. Students in the program only come to campus once per year for a weekend residency. That means in the full-time two-year program, you will only travel to Marylhurst’s campus two times and spend three days per visit on our beautiful campus networking with fellow students and building key career relationships with academic scholars.

Faculty and students of the Food Systems master’s program unite under a shared commitment to foster social justice and social change in the food system.  Contributing their unique experience with contemporary food systems on both individual and global scales, faculty lead students through analysis, inquiry and praxis to advance equitable food systems.

Sean Gillon - Food Systems Faculty - Marylhurst University“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 offers those tools and provides an inquisitive atmosphere to pursue solutions. We offer highly engaged colleagues who share a commitment to social justice and social change in the food systems which whom you can learn and collaborate. We have committed faculty who challenge and guide students through coursework and a thesis project that enables you to develop the food systems skills and expertise of most interest and importance to you. And above all else, we’re the only low-residency (online coursework with limited campus visits) food systems program focused on social justice and change allowing students from all over the world to access this unique degree program.”

~ Sean Gillon, Ph.D. – Food Systems Faculty at Marylhurst

  • 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.

  • The M.S. in Food Systems & Society program is now accepting inquiries and applicants for 2017.

Review admissions requirements, application deadlines and the process to formally apply to this graduate program at Marylhurst University.  You may also RSVP to an online information session.

  • Regionally accredited (NWCCU accredited)
  • Convenient, flexible schedule with classes offered online
  • Small, discussion-focused classes in an engaging learning environment
  • Team-orientated courses with opportunities to network and form connections
  • More than 122-year history of academic excellence

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.

~ Beth Smoker, M.S. in Food Systems and Society

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