M.A. Food Studies

Policies for sustainable production and consumption

I am interested in sustainable food production and humanitarian aid within the Islamic world. I hope to effectively implement small, locally grown food operations in the places that need it most.

Bethany E. - Food Studies 2020



My background working in IFAD and my travelling experiences all over the world have develop in me a strong will to work in an international environment.

Giulia T. - Food Studies 2021



I realized I wanted to follow a career trajectory related more to large-scale types of food policy and programs. And I knew that FAO was headquartered in Rome...

Victoria R. - Food Studies 2019



Why a graduate degree in Food Studies in Rome?

The M.A. Food Studies at The American University of Rome has been recognized by both academics and industry employers as a unique program delivered in an extraordinary setting.

Rome serves as the headquarters of the United Nations agencies dealing with food security and sustainable development: FAO (the Food and Agriculture Organization), IFAD (the International Fund for Agricultural Development), WFP (the World Food Programme), and Bioversity International (a global research-for-development organization) are all based in the city.

AUR’s close ties with these institutions means that the topics studied on campus are frequently complemented by on-site visits and contacts with professionaals whereby students can see the theory behind their specialization put into action.

The American University of Rome's 15-month M.A. program in Food Studies: Policies for sustainable production and consumption examines the connections between the production, distribution, and consumption of food, focusing on sustainability criteria. This is a cross-disciplinary program exploring the current practices of sustainable food production and consumption.  Experiential learning at a small-scale farm in the periurban area of Rome is an integral part of the program.

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Victoria Rose is a 2018 graduate of the Food Studies Master’s program at AUR. While at AUR, Victoria pursued an internship with Bioversity International. This work inspired her thesis research: Promoting the use of traditional, neglected, and underutilized species in the Mandla and Dindori districts of Madhya Pradesh

Currently, Victoria is a Program Operations Specialist for the Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance at USAID in Washington, D.C.

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An M.A. designed for career professionals in food policy & sustainability.

It is not only the location of this program that sets it apart from other graduate programs in this field of study. Innovative program structure and content, tuition tailored to the individual student, expert faculty, visiting scholars, and a diverse, international student body combine to form a learning experience you will not find elsewhere. Students learn to master innovative approaches to Food Studies in an educational experience that goes far beyond classroom learning.

Focus is given to investigating how we affect the Earth’s resources with our food choices and how policies and frameworks are formed and implemented at regional, national, and sub-national levels by the public sector, business organizations, not-for-profit organizations, and the food industry.

Experiential learning at the Center for Agro-ecology and Social Agriculture (CASA)

CASA is an action research project and a small-scale farm. It is adjacent to the old Roman Appian Way in the Appia Antica Regional Park. Read about Food Studies students' hands-on experiences at CASA.

What our students say about studying in Rome and at AUR.

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The M.A. in Food Studies is delivered by the Graduate School at The American University of Rome in Rome, Italy. All programs are fully U.S. accredited and all programs are delivered in English. The university welcomes students from over 50 nationalities to its beautiful campus atop the Gianicolo hill overlooking Trastevere and the center of the Eternal City.

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Start your MA degree in Spring 2024

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