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The American University of Rome M.A. Food Studies: Policies for Sustainable Production and Consumption
The American University of Rome

M.A. Food Studies: Policies for Sustainable Production and Consumption

Rome, Italy

15 Months


Full time

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Sep 2024

USD 27,400 / per year *


* 3 semesters


AUR’s Food Studies program examines the connections between the production, distribution, and consumption of food, focusing on sustainability criteria. Our graduates work in areas of food policy as well as with humanitarian organizations helping to meet food-related global challenges.

This is a cross-disciplinary program exploring the current practices of sustainable food production and consumption. Focus is given to investigating how we affect the Earth’s resources with our food choices. Experiential learning at a small-scale farm in the peri-urban area of Rome is an integral part of the program.​

What makes AUR's Food Studies program unique?

Professional Networks

While this M.A. is fully accredited in the United States, the campus and the program are firmly rooted in Rome, Italy - a location widely viewed as the heart of food policy and sustainability developments. 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.

Real Experience

AUR’s close ties with the international institutions of Rome mean that the topics studied on campus are frequently complemented by on-site visits and contacts with professionals where students have the opportunity to see the theory behind their specialization put into real-world action. A large proportion of our alumni have completed high-profile work experience placements with diverse organizations that reflect their career or research ambitions and specializations

Innovation & Personalization

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. 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.



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