Master of Science in Food Systems and Society

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Program overview

The Food Systems and Society (FSS) Master of Science program at Oregon Health & Science University integrates academic scholarship and lived experience to examine concepts, perspectives, and strategies relevant to social problems, social justice, and social change in the food system.

Read about the program's foundation in critical pedagogy.

Through lenses of class, gender, and race-ethnicity, students analyze how social conditions in the food system developed and study how they are addressed, perceived, and portrayed. Students develop new understanding and make a contribution to social justice in food systems and society through a Capstone project on a topic of particular interest to them.

A graduate degree in Food Systems and Society is applicable in a wide range of settings and fields that intersect with food system issues. Graduates are well-positioned to work in the policy arena, lead nonprofit organizations, serve as researchers and writers, create innovative enterprises, or enhance their existing professional engagements with food-systems-focused knowledge and skills.

The FSS program welcomes students from any academic background. The program’s online modality offers students from a wide range of locations and backgrounds the opportunity to share with and learn from each other.

Fall 2023 Admissions

  • Applications accepted until August 15, 2023
  • Fall term courses begin September 25, 2023

Priority applications will be considered for scholarship funding, OHSU scholarship funding is intended to increase student diversity. To be eligible, students must meet two of the OHSU diversity criteria. These are: racial or ethnic minority underrepresented at OHSU; first-generation college student; history of receiving public support; history of receiving educational support or accommodations; resident of rural Oregon. This information is collected during the application process and those who apply will be automatically considered. 

We are now accepting applications. 

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