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Gastronomy, Master

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #98 (QS) , MA,
A unique, multidisciplinary program, the Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) in Gastronomy encompasses the arts, the humanities, and the natural and social sciences.


Students in the program examine the role of food in historical and contemporary societies from a variety of perspectives—gaining a holistic view of the impact of food, food science, and nutrition on world civilization.

The gastronomy program promotes scholarship about food by drawing from the diverse resources and expertise of a variety of Boston University faculty members, academic departments, visiting faculty, and industry professionals. The program offers special emphasis on experiential learning through hands-on culinary arts laboratories and wine studies courses. The interplay of reading, research, and writing about food—as well as exploring food through the senses—offers exceptional range and depth to food studies at Boston University.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • History of Food
  • Anthropology of Food
  • Introduction to Gastronomy: Theory and Methodology
  • Food and the Senses
  • Ecommerce
  • Creative Multimedia: Tools, Design, and Application
  • The Innovation Process: Developing New Products and Services
  • Nature’s Past: Histories of Environment and Society
  • Special Topics: Food Marketing
  • Special Topics: Cookbooks and History
  • Special Topics: Microbiology of Food

                    Detailed Programme Facts

                    • Programme intensity Full-time
                      • Full-time duration 12 months
                    • Credits
                      40 alternative credits
                    • Languages
                      • English
                    • Delivery mode
                      On Campus

                    English Language Requirements

                    You only need to take one of these language tests:

                    • Minimum required score:


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                    Academic Requirements

                    General Requirements

                    • A completed Application for Graduate Admission
                    • Three letters of recommendation. It is required that one be an academic reference if you graduated or engaged in post-graduate education in the past three years
                    • You must supply the name and email address of your recommenders in order to submit your application. 
                    • A self-evaluation
                    • A current résumé
                    • Transcript(s) from each college and graduate school attended. Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded to your application. Official transcripts will be required upon matriculation.
                      • A nonrefundable $85 application fee
                      In addition to completing an Application for Graduate Admission, international applicants must submit proof of English proficiency. 

                    Tuition Fee

                    • International

                      52816 USD/year
                      Tuition Fee
                      Based on the original amount of 26408 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
                    • National

                      52816 USD/year
                      Tuition Fee
                      Based on the original amount of 26408 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
                    We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                    Living costs for Boston

                    • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
                      Living Costs

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