What will I learn?

As the first master’s degree in the US devoted to food scholarship, the Food Studies MA combines approaches from the humanities and social sciences to prepare you to analyze cultural, political, economic, environmental, and geographic approaches to food within local, urban, and global contexts.

Our mission is to teach you how to examine the ways in which individuals, communities, and societies produce, distribute, and consume food. Given the University’s dynamic New York City location, your investigations of these topics will focus on cities as the center of flows of people, produce, and media products.

Students in the Food Studies MA develop a range of skills, including:

  • How to apply an interdisciplinary approach to understand the cultural, political, and economic aspects of the food system
  • How to discuss with fluency issues related to food sovereignty, sustainability, ethics, and culture
  • How to assess policies that shape the food landscape, addressing questions of equity and preserving cultural values
  • Careers and Outcomes

Graduates of the Food Studies MA find jobs in all areas within the food industry:

  • Publishing (magazines, newspapers, online sources)
  • Public relations (restaurants, food lobby groups, cookbooks, food organizations)
  • Marketing (for restaurants, celebrity chefs, cookbooks, organizations)
  • Nonprofit work (education, food/hunger advocacy groups)
  • Food operations (wine importers/distributors, restaurants, retail)
  • Local and national governmental (city government, federal government, food regulations, relations between industry and government)
  • NGO work in advocacy and policy (farming, labor, food scarcity, trade)
  • Development organizations (community building, national programs, international trade and aid organizations)
  • Food production companies (producers and manufacturers of food items)
  • Food distribution companies (importation, transportation, and retail)

Which department am I in?

Steinhardt School of Culture Education and Human Development

Study options

Full Time (40 credits)

Tuition fees
US$47,428.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

1 September 2022

Venue

Steinhardt School of Culture Education and Human Development

383 Lafayette Street,

New York,

10003, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants for the M.A. degree must have a B.A. degree (or foreign credentials equivalent to the U.S. bachelor’s degree) and must have earned a GPA of 3.3 or better.

For international students

You must have the equivalent of a four-year US bachelor's degree to be considered for admission.

If your native language is not English, you must submit results from one of the following English proficiency exams: TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic.

Test of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TOEFL): Scores are valid for two years from the date taken. Successful candidates score a 100 on the Internet based exam or 600 on the paper based exam.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Official scores are valid for two years from the date taken. Successful candidates achieve a band score of 7.

Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): Official scores are valid for two years from the date taken. Successful candidates score a 68 to 70.

Application Deadline: Fall - February 1

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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