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How To Apply

The application deadline for food systems graudate degree programs is January 15.  If you are currently enrolled as an undergraduate and interested in the Accelerated Master's program (AMP), please contact Chloe Boutelle.

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.

     

    Funding the Master's2017 Fellows

    Apply to become a Food Systems Innovation Fellow. Details here (PDF)
    When resources allow, we provide temporary research and instructional assistant positions.  Students are notified about these opportunities when they are announced.

    Are you a permanent resident of one of the New England States?  If so, learn more about how you can apply for a reduced tuition rate to pursue an MS in Food Systems via the New England Board of Higher Education RSP Tuition Break program

    Funding the PhD

    Our program does not provide funding for all students in the same manner. Rather funding decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. All accepted students will be offered tuition and stipend for a minimum of two years. Please contact Carrie Perkins for more information.

    Cost of Living

    Median Levels:
    Rent and utilities: $753 per month
    Food: $260 per month
    Out of pocket health, drugs and dental: $150 per year
    Cable TV + Phone: $50 per month

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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 applicants only: 1-2 paragraph research statement (see tips for writing statement of purpose)

Questions?

For program-related questions, please contact Chloe Boutelle, Food Systems Graduate Program Administrator

For questions about the online application, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office. Application materials can be mailed or faxed to the following address:

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