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


Oregon State University

Oregon State University’s Food in Culture and Social Justice Program aims to give students a holistic background in the study of food and culture and tools to help construct socially just food systems.

Graduate Minor in Food in Culture and Social Justice


  1. 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.”

  2. 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?

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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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