Why this program?

Become an effective agent of food change. You believe that your place is right where you are, you just need a deeper, more robust understanding, knowledge base, and skillset to further yourself and the communities you serve. You believe in the right of every person to have food security. You believe that solutions can and must be sustainable and beneficial for all. Recognizing the unique and complex role food systems play in supporting human health and wellbeing, environmental resiliency, economic equity, and social justice, the MSFS program offers three optional concentrations: Sustainable Diets and Biodiversity, Food Justice, and Food Entrepreneurship.

What can you do with this degree?

Graduates are regularly already in their field, and in the community they wish to serve. Here are just a few careers where our students have landed:

  • Registered Dietician
  • Non-profit Leadership
  • Value Chain Specialist
  • Farm or Community Garden Manager
  • Food Educator
  • Agro-tourism Coordinator
  • Food Policy Analyst
  • Local Food Management
  • Corporate Food 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.