Food Systems M.S.

All students must meet the Requirements for the Master's Degree


Food Systems M.S. graduates gain a broad and deep understanding of contemporary food systems, as well as a set of applied skills and experience – preparing them to succeed.

Most students complete required coursework and spend one semester designing and researching a final project.  However, upon request of a Food Systems faculty member, a student can design and complete a year-long thesis research project.

For more information, please contact the Program Coordinator.

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Master of Science

The Food Systems Graduate Program is transdisciplinary and involves an understanding of social, physical, and life science concepts related to food from production through consumption. Therefore, students from all academic backgrounds are welcome to apply. Minimum requirements include:

  • GPA of 3.00 or higher.
  • TOEFL or IELTS exam scores must be submitted if you are an international student.
  • Completion of a college-level statistics course. If this information is not clearly listed on a college transcript, you will need to provide additional documentation as evidence that you have fulfilled this requirement. 

Minimum Degree Requirements

31 credit hours, including:

Required Courses:
FS 335Qualitative Research Methods (Spring)3
FS 345Food Systems, Soc & Policy (Fall)3
FS 340Food Systems, Science & Policy (Spring)3
FS 351Professional Development Sem. (Spring)1
CDAE 351Research & Evaluation Methods (Fall)3
FS 392Master's Project Research (Project Students)3-4
FS 391Master's Thesis Research (Thesis Students)6
The remainder of required credit hours must be satisfied through graded electives. This is 14-15 credits for students completing a project, and 12 credits for students completing a thesis.
Students taking FS 391 must complete and defend a thesis in order to graduate. Students taking FS 392 must complete and defend a project in order to graduate.

Comprehensive Examination

There is a required comprehensive examination. The details and format are decided upon by the Student Development & Evaluation Committee and will be discussed with the student well in advance of the exam.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Master of Science

Satisfactory completion of all degree requirements and the Comprehensive Exam.