Graduate Programs

Anthropology Graduate Programs

Graduate programs in anthropology that have a focus on food issues are relatively few. Many universities have individual faculty with interests in food, so check the faculty listings carefully.


Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Anthropology Department

Graduate Program in Anthropology of Food


School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

SOAS at the University of London has a MA in the Anthropology of Food

MA Anthropology of Food


Food Studies Graduate Programs

In addition to anthropology graduate programs, there are also opportunities for graduate study in Food Studies. Food Studies programs are quite diverse and offer opportunities to study food and/or nutrition from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.


New York University

NYU has a variety of graduate programs related to food studies, nutrition, and public health Master’s programs: Clinical Nutrition, Community Public Health, Food Studies, or Food Management PhD programs: The Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health offers three interdisciplinary programs of advanced study: Nutrition and Dietetics, Food Studies and Food Management, and Public Health.

Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health


Boston University

Founded by Julia Child and Jacques Pepin, this Masters program has a strong Liberal Arts core and offers four concentrations: History and Culture; Communications; Food Policy; Business and Entrepreneurship. SAFN members, Rachel Black, Carole Counihan and Ellen Messer, regularly teach courses in this program. BU Gastronomy offers a number of food-related anthropology courses, such as: Anthropology of Food; Food Ethnography; Food Policy and Culture; Food Activism; Alcohol and Culture.

Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy


Chatham University

“The Masters of Arts in Food Studies emphasizes a holistic approach to food systems, from agriculture and food production to cuisines and consumption, providing intellectual and practical experience from field to table.”

Master of Arts in Food Studies


University of Gastronomic Sciences

Master in Food Culture


The University of Adelaide


Oxford Brookes University

Master in Food, Wine and Culture


University of Vermont

Food Systems Graduate Program


Green Mountain College

Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems


24 responses to “Graduate Programs

  1. You might add the University of Adelaide’s (Australia) new Master in Food Studies program to the list, as well.

  2. Brendan

    University of Vermont Master’s in Food Systems

  3. Anne

    Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, England has a new MA in Food, Wine, and Culture.

  4. Karen

    Marylhurst University near Portland, Oregon has a new MA in Food Systems & Society.
    “The MA in Food Systems & Society, launching fall term 2013, is an innovative degree program allowing you to delve deeply into ideas and practices for improving health, equity and sustainability in our food systems.”

  5. Jyothsna

    As a Seasoned Advertising & Market Research Professional (with a good Consumer behavior experience), I want to do my further studies in “Food and Culture”. Could you please guide me which programmes would suit my profile better?

  6. New Mexico State University offers an MA in applied anthropology and a graduate minor in food studies. Many of our students combine the two to conduct research and advocacy work on issues of food production and access, both locally and globally. For more information see the departmental web site at

    Miriam Chaiken, Department Head
    New Mexico State University

  7. Thank you all for your input. I wish there were more programs in this arena. I appreciate the information and will be appling to one of the above listed schools 🙂 cheers

  8. This is not, necessarily, a defined food anthropology program. However, some of the faculty have strong backgrounds in food, food systems, and agriculture. Often times it is more about the people you work with and how you tailor your education, not so much about the name of the program.

  9. Anyone heard of a Canadian program? These sound amazing and I haven’t seen anything like that here.

  10. Anne

    The Oxford Brookes link is dead now and it appears the course (program) is “no longer available.” Sorry guys!

  11. Aliza Tuttle

    Hi all, I’m so pleased to share the University of Oregon’s new graduate specialization in food studies. – Stay tuned for the undergraduate minor in the same field.

  12. marisa

    Tufts has a great Food Policy and Applied Nutrition as well as Agriculture, Food, and Environment M.S.!

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  14. UA not a grad dept yet, but lots of food studies and a new food studies center

  15. The American University of Rome has a Master in Food Studies. For details

  16. University of the Pacific San Francisco offers an in seat Masters Degree in Food Studies program. The multidisciplinary curriculum draws from liberal arts disciplines, with considerable attention to food systems, advocacy, and access. Professors are committed to empowering students with knowledge and skills needed to be impactful in the food world. Students can attend full or part time.

  17. The University of Sussex, in Brighton UK, has a MA in Food and Development. It is a multidisciplinary course featuring several anthropology lecture options.

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