Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Food Studies

American University of Rome · American University of Rome

Entry requirements

A completed B.A./B.Sc. degree in the sciences, humanities or social sciences. Applicants for graduate study must have earned a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, having earned a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or equivalent.

All students who have completed a Bachelor's degree in a language other than English must demonstrate proficiency in English language by submitting the official test scores from TOEFL (minimum scores Paper-based: 637, Computer-based: 270 and Internet-based: 110) or IELTS Academic (minimum score 7.5).

Months of entry


Course content

The M.A. in Food Studies is a cross-disciplinary program that aims to provide knowledge and skills on the current situation and developments surrounding sustainable food production and consumption, and on how we affect the Earth’s resources with our food choices. It has inherent international dimensions but focuses 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 goal of the M.A. Program in Food Studies is to provide students with knowledge, critical thinking and transferable skills related to the global and local dimensions of sustainable food production and consumption, to the business of food and to communicating about food.

Why this Food Studies program and why in Rome?
The important distinguishing features of this program are

  • Rome is the 'international food hub' of the world.
  • Italy, with its agrofood sector, can be considered a laboratory for European Union policies.
  • This program covers the food system and its sustainability from production to consumption, and waste, and the associated policies at international, national and local levels.

This is a flexible program whereby students will be able to focus their course of studies on topics of their interest in relation to the pursuit of further research or to their professional career goals and aspirations.

Students with entrepreneurial ambitions can choose to 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.

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.

We recommend that U.S./Non-EU students complete their applications by the first round deadline, February 1st, to ensure both access to all scholarship opportunities and sufficient time to complete the Visa application process at your local Italian consulate.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

One merit-based scholarship for 50% of the total tuition is available for the M.A. program. The annual deadline for applying is March 15th. These scholarships are available to all students who have completed their applications by February 1st (admissions decisions received by March 1st at the latest).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    15 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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