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Sustainable Food Systems

Master of Professional Science

Next start date is August 12. No GRE needed and applying is free!!

Create a future where sustainable food systems

are the heart of global well-being.


A degree in Sustainable Food Systems is your gateway to addressing the urgent global challenges facing the food system. With environmental degradation, food insecurity, and social inequality on the rise, there’s an urgent need to transition towards more sustainable and resilient food production, distribution, and consumption practices that will nourish people and the planet for generations to come.

Program Overview


The MPS in Sustainable Food Systems immerses students in the complexities of sustainable food production, distribution, and consumption, emphasizing their impact on environmental sustainability and social equity. The program integrates interdisciplinary perspectives from environmental science, agriculture, economics, policy, and social sciences to provide a comprehensive understanding of sustainable food production, distribution, and consumption.

Topics include organic farming, regenerative food production, and community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs. Students analyze the effects of climate change on crop yields and water availability, and evaluate food policies such as agricultural subsidies and food labeling standards. Through real-world projects and case studies, students develop skills in systems thinking, problem-solving, and advocacy. Graduates are equipped to address challenges in the food industry and drive initiatives towards more just, resilient, and environmentally-conscious food systems.

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Career Outlook

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178k

Social and Community Service Managers jobs in the U.S., 2022.

$74k

Social and Community Service Managers average pay, 2022.

+9%

Estimated U.S. job growth for Social and Community Service Managers jobs through 2032. 


*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unity Environmental University cannot guarantee employment. Salary data represents averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience.


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Experiential and Immersive Coursework

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Food Systems Analysis and Transformation

This course explores vital aspects of transitioning to sustainable food systems, covering production to consumption dynamics. Students delve into supply chains, distribution, and consumer behaviors, examining topics like food security, justice, waste, and policy influence. Through case studies, group projects, and digital technology integration, students develop skills in systems thinking and problem-solving for sustainable food systems.

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Sustainable Food Production and
Resource Management

This course deeply explores sustainable food production, moving beyond traditional methods to cover innovative approaches like vertical gardens and marine food production. Focused on enhancing food security and environmental conservation, students critically analyze the interplay between production systems and resource management, considering biodiversity, climate resilience, and socio-economic factors.

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Sustainable Food Policy and
Governance

This course delves into the influence of policy on sustainable food systems, exploring international, national, and local regulations. Covering financial, trade, land use, safety, and labeling aspects, students learn to advocate for policy changes through case studies and analysis exercises, supporting the development of sustainable food systems.


Degree Requirements and Courses


The Master’s in Sustainable Food Systems degree requires 30 credits with a minimum 3.0 GPA. For more requirements, view our full course catalog.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Sustainable Food Systems?

    Sustainable Food Systems involve eco-friendly practices like organic farming, mitigating environmental damage, and promoting social equity. The Unity program prepares graduates for leadership roles in sustainable agriculture, policy advocacy, and community resilience. It addresses global challenges, emphasizing equitable food access, policy influence, and community engagement to build just and resilient food systems. In essence, it’s a holistic approach to food production and distribution that prioritizes environmental sustainability, social justice, and long-term food security.

  • What courses will I be taking?

    Professional Masters Core: 15 credits

    • PROF 505 Strategic Management of Innovation 
    • PROF 510 Communication for Environmental Professionals 
    • PROF 515 Ethical Practice and Policy 
    • PROF 590 Capstone I 
    • PROF 690 Capstone II

    Major Program Core: 15 credits

    • SUST 540 Food Systems Analysis and Transformation
    • SUST 545 Sustainable Food Production and Resource Management 
    • SUST 625 Sustainable Food Policy and Governance 
    • SUST 630 Food Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    • SUST 635 Community Food Systems and Food Justice

    For course requirements and a better look into your program, view our full course catalog. Then apply online for free to get started.

  • How much does it cost?

    Your online education should be affordable and manageable. Our team of distance education concierges will work with you through the admissions process to help you plan and pay for your degree. Learn more about the costs here.

  • How fast can I finish?

    The timeframe for completion is up to you! Enroll in 6 credits per term and complete the program within just one year. Alternatively, opt for part-time study by taking one course at a time. Whichever path you choose, we’re here to support your educational journey every step of the way. Contact your concierge or advisor to create your personalized plan.


Program Features


Career Focus – Unity ranks in the top 15% of colleges for social mobility according to CollegeNET. Demand for employees with green skills is growing daily, and the sustainability core in every master’s program at Unity means that you’ll graduate with an environmental consciousness applicable to every career path.

Earn While You Learn – Our asynchronous model is designed to provide flexibility, allowing you to balance your studies with professional and personal commitments.

World Renowned Faculty – Learn from faculty who are working in their field, bringing their professional network and real-world insights into the virtual classroom, fostering valuable connections for your future career.

Applied Learning – You’ll be required to engage your local community and environment while completing your master’s degree, giving you practical, hands-on experience while allowing you to translate theoretical knowledge into real-world solutions. 

Personalized Support – You can rely on one-on-one professional advising, career support from your first day, unlimited mental health counseling, and more.

Experts in the Field


At Unity Environmental University, our faculty is composed of a wide range of environmental science experts who in addition to teaching, conduct their own research and various fieldwork.

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Dr. Sebastian Kretschmer

Subject Matter Expert


Dr. Sebastian Kretschmer is your passport to the future of sustainable food! As the Director of Sustainable Food Systems & Food Science Programs at Unity, he’s not just an educator; he’s a changemaker. With a career dedicated to transforming food systems globally, Dr. Kretschmer’s impact goes beyond the classroom.

A founding member of the UN Sustainable Food Systems Program, he’s been at the forefront of sustainable nutrition, food science, and regenerative farming. Awarded over $3M in grants, his research drives change in food systems. Join Dr. Kretschmer at Unity and embark on a journey where your passion for sustainability meets world-changing education.



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Last Updated on June 21, 2024