The Food and Nutrition Policy and Programs (FANPP) Program offers a multidisciplinary curriculum in nutrition science, statistics, economics, and food policy.
This program is in the Division of Food and Nutrition Policy and Programs.
To be eligible, applicants must have completed a Bachelor's degree, and have demonstrated their commitment and ability to succeed in the FANPP program through previous coursework, including at least one course in general biology or chemistry, plus employment and volunteer experience. The GRE will be optional for all programs the 2021 application cycle. Applicants to the Ph.D. program are strongly encouraged to submit GRE scores as they can be helpful in the Admissions Committee’s assessment of readiness for doctoral study. Read more about this new change in admissions policy and what it means for your application to the school.
For students taking the GRE who seek to refresh their verbal and quantitative skills, self-study materials and sample questions are available from the Educational Testing Service. Students whose native language is not English must meet TOEFL or IELTS requirements.
Master of Science
For the Master of Science program, a personalized learning experience is built around forty-eight semester hour units of coursework, including a set of core requirements, specialization requirements, and electives. In addition to the core courses, students in each specialization choose electives drawn from a wide range of courses in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and other schools in the university. Students have the opportunity to complement their studies through course work for credit at other related institutions in the Boston area.
Most students choose to focus on one of the following areas of specialization:
- Food Policy and Economics
- Nutrition Interventions: Design, Operation and Management
- Humanitarian Assistance
In addition, students may design their own learning specialization according to their interests in consultation with their advisers, subject to approval. Students normally complete the Master of Science degree in two years of full-time study; part-time study is also possible.
Doctor of Philosophy
Students enrolled in the doctoral program must have completed courses equivalent to the FANPP master's degree based on previous graduate-level coursework taken either at the Friedman School or elsewhere. Students in the doctoral program participate in the Ph.D. seminar and must pass a written and oral qualifying examination in three areas—Food Policy and Programs, a specialization (of choice), and General Nutrition—and then complete and formally defend a doctoral dissertation based on original research.
Combined Degree Programs: MALD, MPH, MAHA
Students enrolled in the following combined degree programs complete all the requirements for both degrees, but by counting selected courses toward both programs, they reduce the total time required for completion.
- A combined degree program with the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, resulting in both the Master of Science from the Friedman School and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD);
- A combined degree program in association with Tufts University's School of Medicine, leading to the Master of Science from the Friedman School and the Master of Public Health (MPH).
The Friedman School also offers a one-year Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance (MAHA) jointly with the Fletcher School that is open to mid-career professionals in the field.
Shorter, individualized non-degree programs of instruction may be available by special arrangement.