Master of Science in Food Systems and Society

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Program description

The M.S. in Food Systems and Society at OHSU engages learning about food systems and social change. Our cohort-based structure combines asynchronous online courses with short, synchronous intensives. You are able to maintain your work and life commitments, while engaging and collaborating with inspired, motivated peers and other food system leaders.

OHSU’s food systems and society curriculum integrates lived experience and academic scholarship by examining concepts, perspectives, and strategies relevant to social change in the food system. Through lenses of class, gender, and race-ethnicity, you will analyze how social conditions in the food system developed. You will also study how they are addressed, perceived, and portrayed. Students make an impact in their studies by contributing new knowledge to food systems equity and social change through a capstone project.

Asynchronous and synchronous learning environments

The OHSU Food Systems and Society program is offered in an accessible, asynchronous, online format, complemented by two short synchronous intensives per year. This combination of modalities enables you to participate in the program while maintaining personal and professional commitments in your place of residence. Each fall and spring, you will spend time collaborating in live sessions with fellow students and faculty and engaging with thought leaders in the field. Part-time degree completion options are also available.

Curriculum and degree requirements

Our curriculum provides foundational instruction in the social dimensions of the food system. Learn more on the Curriculum and Degree Requirements page and the Course Descriptions and Degree Pathways page.

Capstone projects and careers

Students have the opportunity to develop a capstone project tailored to their own educational and professional goals, setting you up for the next step in your career. Learn more on the FSS Capstones and FSS Careers pages.

Program faculty and students

Read more about our faculty -- Dr. Patricia Allen and Dr. Sean Gillon -- who work closely with our students throughout the program.

Read about some of our current students and alumni and their exceptional work in the field.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Learn more about program tuition, financial aid, and scholarship opportunities here

Application process

Important Dates for Fall 2022 Admission

Our application opens December 1, 2021 (see "Admissions" link below for more information). We will interview applicants as we receive applications and will send out early decision notices after February 1, 2022. We will continue to accept applications until August 15, 2022, though we encourage you to apply earlier. If you are thinking of applying, we encourage you to reach out to us via email at

Please follow the links below to learn more about the admissions requirements, application information, and about financing your degree.

FSS Admissions 

FSS Tuition and Financial Aid

Learn more

To learn more about the program, please watch our "FSS Program Overview" video (15 minutes). 

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FSS Program Flier

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