How To Apply

The application deadline for all food systems degree programs is January 15. We have an additional deadline of November 1, specifically for current UVM students applying to the Accelerated Master's program (AMP).

All applications and materials, including transcripts and letters of recommendation, must be submitted through the UVM Graduate Admissions online application. Please carefully review the instructions before completing the application.

Tips for Writing the Statement of Purpose

MS & AMP Applicants:

  • Give us an example of a project either in school or in a professional setting that required you to work independently
  • Explain your knowledge of and experience in food systems
  • Explain your specific interests and why you believe that UVM has the resources and faculty available to fit your interests
  • Describe your prior exposure to or interest in interdisciplinary thinking

PhD Applicants:

  • Explain your knowledge of and experience in food systems
  • Explain your specific interests and why you believe that UVM has the resources and faculty available to fit your interests
  • Describe your prior exposure to or interest in interdisciplinary thinking
  • In addition to the statement of purpose, please submit a separate 1-2 paragraph research statement (as a miscellaneous attachment), outlining your research interests and trajectory. You should also give us an example of research that you accomplished either in school or in a professional setting.

Questions? 

For questions related to program curriculum or design, please contact Serena Parnau, Food Systems Graduate Program Coordinator.

For questions about the online application system, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office. If you have application materials that need to be mailed, please use the following information: 

The Graduate College Admissions Offices
The University of Vermont
330 Waterman Building
Burlington, VT 05405-0160
Telephone: (802) 656-2699
Fax: (802) 656-0519

Students in foods lab

Food Systems Graduate students work together as a cohort to encouarge a more diversified learning environment.  Our program also uses a transdisciplinary approach to guide curriculum so students from all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Admissions Requirements

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher

  • Completion of a college-level statistics course

  • 3 letters of recommendation from professional and/or academic colleagues

  • Completion of the GRE (MS & PhD applicants only)

  • Faculty letter of support (AMP & PhD applicants only)

  • TOEFL exam if you are an international student

PhD and AMP Applicants: Please contact the Program Coordinator about specific application requirements