University of Vermont

Food Systems Graduate Program

Food Systems Degree Programs

Admissions Prerequisites

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. Therefore, students from all academic backgrounds are welcome to apply. Minimum requirements include:

  • 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.
  • TOEFL exam scores must be submitted if you are an international student. Please contact the Graduate Admssions Office for questions.
  • For PhD Applicants: Letter of support from a member of the Food Systems faculty, acknowledging a commitment to serve as an advisor.

Before you complete the online application, please carefully review the application instructions on the Graduate College website.

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

The Food Systems Graduate Program at the University of Vermont offers a transdisciplinary, cohort educational model and grants both MS and PhD degrees. The Program draws from over thirty UVM faculty mentors with primary affiliations in fifteen departments extended across four colleges. This program bridges social science, natural science and humanities approaches to understanding complex and interdependent food systems of varying scope and scale. A student’s course of study will integrate a comprehensive understanding of transdisciplinary food systems combined with focused disciplinary inquiry.

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.

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

The application for the Food Systems Graduate program must be completed through the Graduate College's online application system.

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

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