12 months
2020 USD/credit 80800 USD/year
2020 USD/credit 80800 USD/year
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As the first master’s degree in the US devoted to food scholarship, the Food Studies MA program from New York University 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 at the Food Studies MA program at New York University 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)

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Contemporary Issues in Food Studies
  • Food Systems
  • Food Policy
  • Food and Culture
  • Nutrition in Food Studies
  • Current Research in Food Studies
  • Research Applications 
  • Food Legislation, Regulations & Enforcement
  • Food Advocacy
  • Advanced Topics in Food Systems

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


40 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Résumé/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Proficiency in English

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    80800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2020 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    80800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2020 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for New York City

1819 - 3968 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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