MA in Food Studies
NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development
New York, USA
2 - 6 years
Full time, Part time
USD 1,795 / per year *
Earliest start date
* Tuition per point/credit in 2019-20 academic year
Study Food Systems, Culture, and Policy in New York City
The first master’s degree program in the US devoted to food scholarship, Food Studies at NYU Steinhardt employs approaches from the humanities and social sciences and prepares you to analyze the current American food system, its global connections, and local alternatives. You'll examine cultural, political, economic, environmental, and geographic approaches to food within local, urban, and global contexts.
This 40-credit master of arts program requires 19 credits in mandatory coursework that covers food systems, culture, and policy, as well as a research component. Beyond these requirements, you can take 21 credits in specialization modules (policy/advocacy, business/social entrepreneurship, media/cultural analysis), allowing you to dig deeper into your interests.
Our mission is to examine the ways in which individuals, communities, and societies produce, distribute, and consume food. Cities at the center of flows of people, produce, and media products, are the prime locus of our investigations.
Why NYU Food Studies?
- Learn from the best. Our faculty, prominent leaders in their field, teach and mentor students, while actively conducting research to stay engaged.
- Get insider access. Upon enrolling, students study with food professionals who serve as adjuncts and guest lecturers and are welcomed by food production companies, non-profit food organizations, publishers, public relations and marketing firms, magazines, food distributors, food producers, and educational institutions.
- Study abroad. We offer global coursework – and a program of study – in sites like Paris, Hong Kong, Puerto Rico, and Puebla, for students to gain an immersive experience in an international context.
- Be challenged. Students learn experientially, taking core and specialization courses, as well as interdisciplinary electives within Steinhardt, Stern School of Business, Wagner School of Public Service, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, or Tisch School of the Arts.
- Get ahead. We help interested students find internships in an array of potential employment sites and place them in positions where they can develop new skills and collaborate with potential employers.
- Gain practical skills. The program places an emphasis on the development of critical thinking and research which prepares students for situations they will encounter in the profession.
Scholarships and Funding
Continuing your studies as a graduate student is a major investment of your time and money, with the potential for major returns in your future career. We encourage you to review all your options as you decide if education at NYU Steinhardt fits with your goals.
The MA degree requires completion of 40 credits (19 in mandatory core/research and 21 in specialization and elective course work) with a minimum GPA of 3.0; cooperative work or field experience; providing evidence of English language competency and research. Students whose undergraduate degrees are in an unrelated field of study may be required to take prerequisite courses and to obtain work experience additional to the master's degree requirements. During the first semester in the program, every student must enroll in FOOD-GE 2000.01, Current Research in Food Studies.
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
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, the 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)