University of Vermont

Food Systems Graduate Program


Food Systems Graduate Program Overview

How To Apply

Our next application cycle will begin December 1, 2014. Applications will be due on February 1, 2015 for ALL program tracks. We have also added a November 1 deadline for the Accelerated track only. If you are interested in applying, please contact Serena Parnau.

Applications must be completed on the Graduate College website.

Before completing the application, please review the following sheet: Application Guidelines

All students are admitted to our program annually during the Fall term.

Students are admitted to the program under one of the following tracks and core courses are taken together for the first year of the program. Students will then go on to complete either a final project (Professional Track) or a Thesis (Research Track).

Research Track: Students will work with a Faculty Advisor to complete a year-long research-based project, while continuing to take courses through the second year.

Professional Track: Students work with a Faculty Advisor to design a final project based on applied skills and desired interests. Final projects can be research or service-based and can be completed during the summer and fall after the first year. This track allows students the flexibility to graduate in 18 months or to study part-time.

If you are a current UVM student and enrolled in the Food Systems Minor, you may be eligible to apply for the Accelerated Professional Track (AMP). Please carefully review the following AMP Information Sheet.

Admissions Prerequisites

The Food Systems Graduate Program is transdisciplinary and involves an understanding of soical, 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 3.0 or higher.
  • Completion of the GRE with satisfactory results in the general (aptitude) portion. Read Graduate Admissions 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 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.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete required core courses for a total of 19 credits.

Research Track students are also required to take a minimum of 6 thesis-related research credits.

Profressional Track students are required to complete a 4 credit final project.

Remaining credits can be satisfied through a selection of elective courses.

Please review the Courses page for more information.

Additional Resources

Questions about Vermont Residency? Read this

Questions about Tuition and Fees? Read this

Review our Program Brochure for more information about the Food Systems program.

If you are planning a visit to UVM, please contact Serena Parnau.

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