Online Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems

Arizona State University’s Master of Science in sustainable food systems prepares you to create and lead policy initiatives that pioneer innovative pathways for our future. In this program, you’ll explore food and agricultural trends, build relationships with farmers and learn from influential policy leaders that can help you advance in your career.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 08/22/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 11

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5-15

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 30

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What you’ll learn in this sustainable food systems master’s

By earning a master’s in sustainable food systems, you’ll develop an understanding of today’s health, agriculture and environmental policy making processes. In this program, you’ll learn how natural resource conservation impacts the quality of health through food and agriculture systems. This program includes a specific focus on American food production, distribution, and legislation, and you’ll research U.S. federal and state policy making, including legislative, rulemaking, budgetary and legal processes.

After completing this program, you’ll be able to employ solutions-based thinking and dynamic systems frameworks to develop the food systems of the future. You’ll be skilled in the interconnection between the social, political, economic and ecological factors that influence food systems in our society. Additionally, you’ll gain a variety of transferable skills, including systems thinking, strategic planning and problem solving.

Who’s a good candidate for this program?

There’s a high demand for those who can lead policy initiatives and employ solutions-based thinking to create diverse, inclusive and resilient food systems for our future. These systems are necessary for sustaining growing populations while ensuring ecological resilience. This sustainable food systems master’s is designed for those working in the field looking to advance in their career, young professionals interested in gaining more knowledge or those who want to enter the field of food and sustainability.

After graduating from this program, you’ll be able to apply your knowledge and leadership skills to solve real-world policy issues impacting our world today. This program provides you access to a network of prominent and influential food and agriculture policy leaders and mentors.

Prepare for leadership roles with in-person immersive experiences

During this program, you’ll complete two week-long immersive experiences as part of your curriculum. The first takes place in Arizona, where you’ll be learning from local farmers, ranchers and supply chain experts about how agriculture policies impact their operations. The second experience is an immersive seminar in Washington, D.C. focused on leadership. During this experience, you’ll have the opportunity to engage in question-and-answer sessions with food policy leaders. Past speakers have included the Director of Racial and Economic Justice at the White House and longtime organic farmer and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree.

After participating in both of these experiences, you’ll be well prepared to make policy decisions focused on sustainable food systems across a wide range of industries that fit your goals.

Will my diploma say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.”

Sustainable food systems master’s courses

In this program, you’ll take a wide variety of sustainability courses and complete training that prepares you for roles in leadership. Topics you’ll study in your curriculum include policy making, environmental and resource conservation and approaches to achieving sustainable systems.


Required

Tools and Tactics for Food Policy Change


Required

Food and Farm Immersion Experience


Required

Managing Natural Resources for Food Production


Required

Applied Food Policy Immersion Experience


Required

American Agriculture in the Global Context


Required

Capstone


Required

Pathways to Sustainability


Required

Leading Sustainability Transitions


Prepare for leadership roles in the food and agricultural sector

Upon graduating from this program, you’ll be able to utilize your training to pursue new opportunities or advance in your current role in the food and agriculture sector. Your knowledge of the interconnected social, political, economic and ecological factors that influence food systems will be highly desired by employers across many industries. Potential job titles include, but are not limited to:

Chief sustainability officer

Director of regulatory affairs

Food policy manager

Policy director

Senior advisor for sustainable food systems

Learn from leaders in sustainability

ASU’s School of Sustainability recruits faculty from the finest minds and practitioners in sustainability science, business, governance and mission-driven organizations. They cover a vast array of disciplines, such as business and policy, renewable energy and environmental science. Through use-inspired research, our faculty strives to make our world more sustainable.

Learn from leaders in sustainability

ASU’s School of Sustainability recruits faculty from the finest minds and practitioners in sustainability science, business, governance and mission-driven organizations. They cover a vast array of disciplines, such as business and policy, renewable energy and environmental science. Through use-inspired research, our faculty strives to make our world more sustainable.

How to apply

Applicants to the sustainable food systems program must fulfill the requirements for the Graduate College and the School of Sustainability.

Application requirements

Work history

English proficiency

Study at the nation’s first School of Sustainability

ASU is a global university recognized for its commitment to innovation, research and high-quality academic programs. Our university has been recognized with peer-reviewed honors from U.S. News & World Report. We’ve also received accolades from other prestigious organizations, showcasing our commitment to excellence across all disciplines.

#1


in innovation for 9 consecutive years, ahead of Stanford and MIT.

#1


university in the U.S. in pursuit of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

#1


“Cool Schools” for sustainability by Sierra Club for campus sustainability.

Top 5


best online bachelor’s programs.

Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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