Why this program?

You desire to work for change. You believe in equal access by all people to nutritious and culturally appropriate food at all times. You know that regenerative agroecological systems are critically important as climate solutions. You acknowledge the unique and complex role food systems relationships play in supporting health and wellbeing, economic and social justice, and environmental resiliency. In a vibrant online environment, you aspire to join with others, to grow diverse and inclusive learning and sharing networks as you move toward a sustainable food systems-centered career.

What can you do with this degree?

The MSFS program offers three optional concentrations: Food Justice, Sustainable Diets & Biodiversity, and Food Entrepreneurship. 

Some of our students are working as:

  • Registered Dietician
  • Non-profit Organization Leadership
  • Value Chain Specialist
  • Farm or Community Garden Manager
  • Food Educator
  • Agrotourism Coordinator
  • Food Policy Analyst
  • Local Food Marketing Manager
  • Corporate Sustainability Specialist
  • Food Systems Communications Manager
  • Food Journalism/Social Media Food Systems-based Content Creator

What will this program look like?

The Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems is an experience that combines a vibrant online learning environment with the skills, support, knowledge, and networks to help students become leaders in the movements to establish food justice, strong regional food economies, sustainable diets and health, food policy, biodiversity and climate resilience, restorative agroecological approaches to food production, and many other associated career pathways. The program centers equity, sustainability, and knowledge diversity with a common core of courses designed to be completed in one to two years, depending on the student’s chosen pace. All students complete a final Capstone project.

Key Program Information

Number of Credits

Cost Per Credit

Completed Fall 2024 Application Deadline:
Friday, August 9, 2024

Saturday, August 17, 2024


Meet Our Faculty


Admissions & Apply


Robbi Mixon

MS in Sustainable Food Systems

Robbi Mixon has spent the last decade working with producers in Homer, running the local farmers market, and launching the Alaska Food Hub. She joined the Alaska Food Policy Governing Board three years ago, hoping to represent the interests of farmers and fishers on the Kenai Peninsula. Hear more in the Season 3, episode 5 of The Capstone podcast.

Careers & Opportunities

Career Pathways

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

  • Nutrition Educator
  • Nonprofit Management/Executive Director
  • Community or Educational Farm Manager/Director
  • Value Chains /Sustainability Advisor
  • Food Policy Director/Analyst

Career Planning

Our Career Services 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.