Chatham University



M.A. in Food Studies + MBA Dual Degree

Chatham University pioneered one of the first Master of Arts in Food Studies (MAFS) degrees in the country, and now we're combining it with our Master of Business Administration (MBA) offering – truly a unique combination. Core courses provide breadth and depth in food studies, business, and sustainable business, equipping all students with a holistic understanding of food systems and business skills. All students are expected to maintain full-time enrollment, and graduates will be uniquely prepared to work in various aspects of food systems in the real world.

Students in the program benefit not only from the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus, with its organic gardens, apiaries, orchards, kitchen and root cellar, but also from Pittsburgh's explosive culinary scene (ranked as the Top Food City of 2015 by Zagat). An in-depth knowledge of food production, culture, and history combined with unimpeachable mastery of business concepts and strategy prepares students to move into positions as leaders and entrepreneurs in these increasingly popular-and important-areas.

MAFS+MBA Highlights

  • Students graduate with all of the requirements for both degrees in only 51 credits-a savings of 26 credits compared to taking the programs separately.
  • Full-time students can complete the degree in five semesters (including fall, spring, and summer).
  • An optional first summer is offered for students who require prerequisites or simply want more time to take classes.
  • Each student completes a thesis or project in Food Studies.
  • Internships and directed study in community settings are highly encouraged.

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The dual degree program leverages the strengths of Chatham's Master of Arts in Food Studies (MAFS) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs to create a curriculum that develops business management acumen in aspects of food systems. Graduates of the dual degree program will be capable of driving food and sustainability-related initiatives for companies, government agencies, and nonprofits that return triple-bottom-line success.

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Eden Hall Campus

Eden Hall Campus is the first campus in the world built from the ground up for the study of sustainable living, learning, and development. Using the latest in environmentally responsible technology, design and innovation, Eden Hall is focused on being self-sustaining in every way by producing zero carbon emissions and generating more energy than it consumes. Learn more.

  • Food Studies & Business Administration (MAFS/MBA) brochure

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