Food Systems Career – Online M.S. Program

Career Paths with an M.S. in Food Systems and Society Degree

The M.S. in Food Systems and Society program serves as a foundation to enhance your current food system career or open doors to new professional opportunities within this rapidly growing field. High demand for fundamental changes in food consumption and practices are fueling policy innovation, new business, social movements and nonprofit expansion. Innovation is constant and the drive toward equitable food systems is expanding rapidly. Discover how an M.S. from Marylhurst can grow your food system career.


Our graduates are well-positioned to lead nonprofit organizations, work in the policy arena, create innovative enterprises, become food writers or make a positive difference within existing food sector enterprises. The possibilities are infinite – here is small sample of the careers and job titles Marylhurst graduates have pursued:

  • Executive Director of a food bank
  • Senior City Manager, Healthy Retail
  • Consultant
  • Conversation Leader
  • Chair of food policy council
  • Dietitian
  • Writer
  • Adjunct Instructor
  • Chef
  • Grants Writer
  • Program Manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • Aggregation and Distribution Manager


  • The M.S in Food Systems & Society program is now accepting inquiries and applications for 2018. 
  • Classes begin Sept. 24
  • Apply early for priority consideration
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Food Systems Career Highlight – Kristy Athens ’15

After earning an M.S. in Food Systems and Society from Marylhurst in 2015, Kristy Athens is frequently invited to speak about food choices as part of the Oregon Conversation Project and she recently participated in panel discussions at the Yale Food Systems Symposium. Today, Kristy applies her food systems degree through her work for the NE Oregon Economic Development District as an Outreach Specialist and she was recently named business advisor for Wallowa County’s Small Business Development Center.

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Thesis Topics – See What M.S. in Food Systems & Society Graduates Focused On

Nancy Aala
An Exploratory Analysis of Culinary Educators’ Constructs of Gender Equality

Kristy Athens
Voting Rights: How the Fetishization of Organic Compromises Food Justice

Ericka Carlson
Sustainable Food Corporations and Sustainable Food Systems: On the Possibilities of Engagement for Food Systems Change

Sarah Dillon
The Beef with Meat: How the Industrial Production of Meat Threatens Social Justice and An Analysis of the Strategies to Change It

Carolina Elizondo
Bean in Hand, Nickel In Pocket: The Social Experience and Political Economy of Senior Food Insecurity

Bryn Friscia
Addressing Food Justice: Oregon Farm to School Program Implementation

Tim Galarneau
Social Justice Inquiry into Sustainable Food and Agriculture: An Exploratory Analysis Into Definition, Projects and Funding Frameworks

Sara Griffen
Growing Food Banks? Securing the Food Insecurity Network

Elle Mari
Healthy Food on Wheels: An Exploration of Mobile Produce Markets through a Food Justice Lens

Rebekah Mende
Food Justice and Prison Food Systems: Exploring the Potential for Reframing Prison Food from Punitive to Restorative

Melanie Riddle
An Analysis of Farm Labor Depiction: Is the Local Food Movement Perpetuating Farmworker Injustice?

Grace Wilson
Please Sir, I Want Some More: Gender Equity, That Is

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