Taught course

Food Studies

American University of Rome · American University of Rome

Entry requirements

Bachelor’s degree in Humanities, Sciences or Social Sciences and excellent knowledge of English. Applicants must have earned a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, having earned a minimum GPA of 2.75 or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

The new American accredited M.A. in Food Studies is an interdisciplinary program that aims to provide knowledge and skills on the current situation and developments surrounding sustainable food production and consumption, more generally on how we affect the Earth’s resources with our food choices. It will focus on the international dimensions but also on how the associated policy and regulatory frameworks are framed and implemented at regional, national and sub-national levels by the public and non-profit sectors as well as by the food industry.

The Program offers students the option to focus on a more professional-based path, according to their career aspirations, or a research-based path if they wish to pursue research at the Ph.D. level.

It is a flexible program that allows students to acquire research methods and techniques and also to choose courses to enhance their business or multimedia communication skills. Students with entrepreneurial ambitions can follow a course of study whereby they will gain both conceptual grounding and hands-on skills in relation to the business of food, including accounting and finance, marketing, strategy and other functional business areas in both large and small corporate entities. Students may also choose multimedia communication and learn concepts and theories of visual communication related to food in an ever evolving digital environment, along with technical skills for a variety of multimedia products. Students will also have the opportunity to hone their writing skills in relation to food in its various professional forms, including technical writing for the scientific community, policy-makers and consumers.

The M.A. in Food Studies has a duration of 15 months and entails 36 credits.

With direct and unique access to the headquarters of international organizations dealing with policies, programs and treaties on food, agriculture and sustainable development such as FAO, IFAD, WFP, CGIAR and IDLO, Rome is the ideal location to pursue a graduate program in Food Studies as it provides many opportunities for on-site learning, research and professional contacts.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English or completed a Bachelor’s Program in a language other than English must demonstrate proficiency in English language by submitting the official test scores from TOEFL Paper-based: 550 and Internet-based: 80, or from IELTS (International English Language Testing System): 6.5.

Qualification and course duration


full time
15 months

Course contact details

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