University of Vermont

Food Systems Graduate Program

Degree Programs


The Food Systems Graduate program offers a transdisciplinary, cohort educational model. A student’s course of study in either the MS or PhD program, will integrate a comprehensive understanding of food systems with focused disciplinary inquiry. Students draw from each other’s skills and experiences to foster a more rich and diversified learning environment.

MS and AMP Degrees

In this program, students begin their course of study with a cohort intensive experience to provide broad exposure to food systems. When course work is completed, the student will work with a Project Committee to design and implement a final 3-4 credit project, based on research or service interests. This program can be taken full or part-time and can be completed in 18-24 months. If you are a current UVM student and enrolled in the Food Systems Minor, you may be eligible to pursue an Accelerated Master's degree (AMP).

PhD Degree

The PhD in Food Systems combines a comprehensive investigation of food systems and a commitment to developing methods for solving the current problems of the food system through a cohort intensive experience. Over the first year, the food systems cohort will work together to address problems and devise potential solutions, culminating in an oral competency examination. Students then move towards disciplinary depth and mastery by designing a course of study in collaboration with a dissertation committee.

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