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.
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.
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
No transfer credits are accepted.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students in the M.S. in Food Systems and Society will:
- Identify and analyze societal factors in and perspectives on food system equity.
- Expand critical thinking, collaboration and synthesis skills for engaging social change.
- Develop and communicate knowledge about foods system equity and social change.