University of Vermont

Food Systems Graduate Program

Prospective Students

Admissions Requirements

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Completion of the GRE, unless you are applying to the AMP. Read Graduate Admission Tests for more information. If you have received a Master's degree from an accredited institution, you may request to have the GRE waived. Contact the Program Coordinator for more information.
  • Completion of a college-level statistics course. If the course is not clearly listed on a college transcript, you may be asked to provide additional documentation as evidence that you have fulfilled this requirement.
  • 3 letters of receommendation from professional or academic colleagues.
  • TOEFL exam scores must be submitted if you are an international student. Please contact the Graduate Admssions Office for questions.
  • For PhD Applicants: In addition to 3 letters of recommendation, you must also submit a letter of support from a member of the Food Systems faculty, acknowledging their commitment to serve as an advisor.
  • For AMP applicants: Please review the admissions prerequisites before applying.

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. The program uses a cohort model in order to create a more diversified learning environment. Therefore, students from all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Please contact Serena Parnau if you would like to plan a visit.


The application deadline for all tracks is January 15. We have an additional November 1 deadline for the AMP only. Before completing the application, please review the following Application Tips (pdf)

The application for the Food Systems Graduate program must be completed through the Graduate College's online application system. Before you apply, please carefully review the application instructions.

For questions related to program curriculum or design, please contact Serena Parnau.

For questions about the online application system, please contact All application materials must be sent directly to the Graduate College Admissions Office, including transcripts and letters of recommendation.

The Graduate College Admissions Offices
The University of Vermont
330 Waterman Building
Burlington, VT 05405-0160

Telephone: (802) 656-2699
Fax: (802) 656-0519

Last modified April 19 2016 09:35 AM