Why this program?

Food insecurity and inequity has risen dramatically due to human-induced climate change and increased pressure on natural resources and organisms. It’s imperative that we ensure a healthy food system, in every way it nourishes us: growing, harvesting, processing, distributing, marketing, consuming, and waste. You want to not only study food systems, but learn how to lead the way in sustaining all living beings now and in the future.

What can you do with this degree?

Our students are well-positioned to participate in most accelerated masters programs at Prescott College, such as Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems (MSFS). Graduates of this degree have a competitive advantage in careers associated with any and all aspects of the food system. Here are just some of their career choices:

  • Food System Development Coordinator
  • Food and Climate Advocate
  • Farm-to Institution Coordinator
  • Farm Manager
  • Nutrition Educator
  • Organic Advocacy Organization Administrator
  • Policymaker
  • Extension/Education & Outreach Coordinator
  • Registered Dietitian (Master’s degree needed)
  • Organic Certifier
  • Permaculture Designer
  • School/Community Garden Manager
  • Food or Water Policy Researcher
  • Market Gardener
  • Teacher

What will this program look like?

Our program is based on the UN Food & Agriculture Organization’s “10 Elements of Agroecology,” which looks to build healthy food systems with environmental, economic, and social resilience to face climate and other mounting challenges. Interdisciplinary by design, take courses across several Prescott College departments (see courses that begin with: ENV, SCD, CRS, HDP, EDU and ALE). Learn how to produce food in your communities with emphasis on localized, urban, and suburban farming systems. Gain ecological literacy through studying diversity, synergies and efficiencies in agroecological systems. Gain global and cultural literacy by examining human and social values and how they are expressed in culture and food traditions. Learn to apply your skills through knowledge and hands-on community engagement.

Key program information

Start Date
January 16, 2024
May 21, 2024 (online students only)

Application Deadlines
December 21, 2023
May 1, 2024 (online students only)

Application Checklist

  • Completed Application
  • Official transcripts
  • List of References
  • Essay

Admissions & Apply

Careers & Opportunities

Career Pathways

Sustainable Food Systems BA/BS degree leads to so many possibilities. Here are just a few:

  • Food System Development Coordinator
  • Agricultural Extension Agent
  • Food Service Director
  • Food Hub Manager
  • Local Food Procurement Specialist
  • Food Recovery Coordinator
  • Farm-to-Table Program Coordinator
  • Farm-to-School Program Coordinator
  • Farmers’ Market Manager
  • Organic Materials Review Institute
  • Project Director, Non-Profit Organization
  • Agricultural Business Management / Entrepreneurship
  • Agricultural Researcher
  • Agricultural Services and Support
  • Administrator
  • Nonprofit Food and Nutrition Program Manager
  • Food Policy Coordinator
  • Climate Initiatives Program Officer
  • Youth Education Programmer
  • Urban Agriculture Coordinator

Career Planning

Our student success team works with you to map out a plan that works, for your goals and your life. There are many ways to get where you’re going, and we’ve seen it all!

Are you interested in being part of our community?

One thing we all have in common is our passion – passion for helping others, passion for the environment, passion for social justice and a passion for a different kind of learning experience.