The M.S. in Food Systems and Society at OHSU combines in-person and online learning about food systems and social change. Our cohort-based structure combines online courses with short on-campus courses in Portland, Oregon. You are able to maintain your work and life commitments, while engaging and collaborating in person 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.
Hybrid format: online courses with in-person intensive sessions
The OHSU Food Systems and Society program is offered in an accessible, online format, complemented by two short campus sessions per year. This hybrid modality 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 on our Portland campus collaborating 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 our Curriculum and Degree Requirements 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 our Capstone Projects and Careers page.
Program faculty and students
Read more about our faculty -- Dr. Patricia Allen, Dr. Sean Gillon, and Zoe Speidel -- who work closely with our student throughout the program.
Coming soon: Read about some of our current students and alumni and their exceptional work in the field.
Beginning December 1st, we will be accepting applications for our Fall 2020 cohort of Food Systems and Society Students. The deadline for admission is March 30, 2020. Classes begin on September 28, 2020.
Please follow the links below to learn more about the admissions requirements, application information, and about financing your degree.
Admissions Requirements (select "MS in Food Systems and Society")
Application Information (select "MS in FSS")
Online Information Sessions
Our prospective student online information sessions for the current application cycle will be held on the following dates:
- Thursday, January 30, 2020: 12-12:30pm Pacific time (click for instructions to join)
- Tuesday, February 18, 2020: 12-12:30pm Pacific time (click for instructions to join)
- Thursday, March 5, 2020: 12-12:30pm Pacific time (click for instructions to join)
- Tuesday, March 17, 2020: 12-12:30pm Pacific time (click for instructions to join)
If you plan to attend one of the sessions listed above, please RSVP by completing this contact form (same as the one linked above). Completing this form will also help us address your questions during the Q&A portion of the information session.
FSS Program Flier
Feel free to download, print, and distribute the FSS program flier with other people you think might be interested in learning more.