The Food and Nutrition Policy and Programs (FANPP) Program offers a multidisciplinary curriculum in nutrition science, statistics, economics, and food policy.
This program and its faculty are 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 school has permanently removed the GRE as a requirement. However, 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 FANPP 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 in quantitative methods, economics, and policy, students in each specialization choose two areas of specialization (consisting of three or more courses) reflecting their professional interests and goals. Specializations fall into various domains including food and nutrition policies and program interventions and food systems in the US and globally; humanitarian assistance; consumer behavior and health communication; food justice and social responsibility; agricultural and environmental sustainability; food business and regulation; and research and evaluation methods. There is flexibility for students to design their own specializations in consultation with their advisors. Students also choose electives drawn from the wide range of courses in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy; Friedman students have access to courses at other schools in the university and at other institutions in the Boston area. All students in the FANPP program complete a professional internship that adds hands-on experience to class-based learning. Learn more details about specializations and their required coursework here.
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. For more information about that application and admissions process for the doctoral program, please click HERE.
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.