All students must meet the Requirements for the Accelerated Master's Degree Programs


Qualified University of Vermont undergraduate students who plan to earn a Master's degree in Food Systems may enroll in the Accelerated Master's Entry Program (AMP), which enables students to begin working on a master's degree while still an undergraduate. Students apply to the program in the second semester of their Junior year or the first semester of their Senior year. After admission to the graduate program by the Graduate College, students will choose up to 9 credits of graduate level courses from the list of approved electives below that can be taken while still an undergraduate. These credits will also count towards the Master's Degree.


CDAE 6260 - Community Economic Development
CDAE 6540 - Advanced Microeconomics
PA 6060 - Policy Systems
PA 6170 - Systems Analysis & Strategic Management
PH 6120 - Food Systems & Public Health
CDAE 6210- Economics of Sustainable Food Systems
NFS 5254 - Global Food Safety

Specific Requirements

Must be a UVM student with a declared Major or Minor in Food Systems. Please visit the Food Systems Graduate program website for application information and deadlines.

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Master of Science for Accelerated Master's Students

  • A declared Food Systems Major or Minor
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher
  • Completion of a college-level statistics course
  • Completion of the Graduate College application form and three letters of recommendation, including a faculty letter of support from a current Food Systems Graduate Faculty member

Minimum Degree Requirements

31 credits, including a 3-4 credit final project
Required Courses:
FS 6350Qualitative Research Methods3
FS 6400Food Systems, Soc & Policy3
FS 6450Food Systems, Science & Policy3
FS 6510Professional Development Sem.1
CDAE 6510Research & Evaluation Methods3
FS 6392Master's Project Research3-4
The remainder of required credit hours must be satisfied through graded electives.
AMP students may only complete a Master's Project; they cannot do a thesis as their capstone project. Students taking FS 6392 must complete and defend a project in order to graduate.

Comprehensive Examination

There is a required comprehensive examination. The details and format are decided upon by the Student Development & Evaluation Committee and will be discussed with the student well in advance of the exam.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Master of Science

Satisfactory completion of the Comprehensive Exam.