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  Sep 23, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

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Food Systems & Society, M.S.



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The mission of the Master of Science program in Food Systems and Society is to advance equitable food systems through analysis, inquiry and praxis.

Students examine concepts, perspectives and strategies relevant to social change in the food system, integrating lived experience and academic scholarship. Through lenses of class, gender and race/ethnicity, students analyze how social conditions in the food system developed and how they are addressed, perceived and portrayed. Students contribute to a shared understanding of food systems equity and social change through a thesis that analyzes problems and proposes solutions. 

Program Structure

The M.S. in Food Systems and Society is a low-residency, cohort-based program that combines core online courses with one residency in spring term each year. This hybrid model enables students to maintain their work and personal commitments while engaging with the experiences and knowledge of their peers situated in diverse arenas and locations. Part-time and full-time enrollment options are available.

Admission Requirements

For detailed application instructions, please contact the Office of Admissions.

  • Marylhurst University Application for Admission
  • Official, sealed transcripts from each college or university where a degree was earned
       - Minimum GPA for graduate admission is 3.00
       - Student must have conferred bachelor’s degree before starting the program
  • Résumé or CV
  • Statement of intent
  • Writing sample
  • Recommendations (2)
  • Admissions interview with department faculty

Application Deadline and Process

Applications are accepted for fall term admission. Applications completed by March 15th will be given priority for fall term admission; applications received after this date will be considered on a case-by-case basis. When complete, applications will be reviewed by program faculty and staff. Applicants may receive an invitation to interview with program faculty and staff prior to receiving a decision on their application. Applicants will be notified in writing of the decision of the admissions committee

Transfer Credits

No transfer credits are accepted.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students in the M.S. in Food Systems and Society will:

  1. Identify and analyze societal factors in and perspectives on food system equity.
  2. Expand critical thinking, collaboration and synthesis skills for engaging social change.
  3. Develop and communicate knowledge about foods system equity and social change.

Program Requirements


Thesis - 12-16 credits


Students explore contemporary issues in food systems and society in the context of their required thesis.  Theses address a subject or topic of interest to individual students and relevant to equity and social change in the food system. Thesis topics and research approaches are developed in consultation with and approved by a faculty adviser.

Total for the Degree: 48-52 credits


Degree Pathways


Full Time - 8 credits per term

*No classes
  Fall Term Winter Term Spring Term  

Year 1

FSS 500  
FSS 501  

FSS 510  
FSS 511  

FSS 520  
FSS 598-1  

*

Year 2

FSS 550  
FSS 598-2  

FSS 560  
FSS 598-3  

FSS 516  
FSS 580  

*

 

Part Time - 4 credits per term

 

Fall Term

Winter Term

Spring Term

 

Year 1

FSS 500  

FSS 510  or FSS 511  

FSS 520  

*

Year 2

FSS 501  

FSS 511  or FSS 510  

FSS 598-1  

*

Year 3

FSS 550  

FSS 560  

FSS 516   

*

Year 4

FSS 598-2  

FSS 598-3  

FSS 580  

*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 * No classes * No classes summer term.

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