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Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems

School of Health Sciences and Wellness Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems Degree

Graduate Degree

Be a catalyst to solve food concerns in your community

Knowledge and skills in sustainable food systems and community development are increasingly essential to solving the health and nutrition problems in our populations. Professionals entering this field must be skilled in examining the food system, program planning and evaluation, community development and leadership, and grant writing.

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Why Choose Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems at UW-Stevens Point?

The 30-credit 100% online Master of Science in Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point provides graduates with expertise in food systems and community nutrition as well as the skills needed to lead positive change in communities and organizations. Sustainability is a pillar of our culture at UW-Stevens Point. In fact, UWSP was one of nine universities in the country to be name a 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School.
5-year Program Options
Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems

5-Year Program Options

Undergraduate students majoring in dietetics or sustainable food and nutrition also have the opportunity to apply for early admission into two related graduate programs for a combined bachelor’s and master’s degrees in just five years.
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Info Sessions

Ready to learn more about the SRFS program at UW-Stevens Point? Join us for an informational session. We will discuss program details including schedule, class formats, course focus, and the overall value of our degree program.
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Build a Better Community

Learn more about our graduate programs in Community and Organizational Leadership, Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems, and Health and Wellness Coaching.
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Apply for graduate study at UW-Stevens Point, then submit a letter of intent and resume.
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INFO SESSIONS

Ready to learn more about the SRFS program at UW-Stevens Point?
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Schedule of Courses

Our program is flexible, affordable and fits your lifestyle.
Courses
Sustainable Food and Nutrition

Tuition

Our $590/credit tuition rate applies to in-state or out-of-state residents.
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Important Dates

View important dates for admitted students, info sessions and application deadlines.

Who is the program designed for?

Anyone with a passion for building community relationships and structures that support healthy eating is encouraged to join us! Our students come to us with a wide variety of experiences and undergraduate degrees including nutrition, economics, communication and others. Students interested in pursuing careers in community nutrition; public health; government; academic institutions; or other areas in which knowledge and skills in leadership and sustainability are essential. Also, Registered Dietitians or other professionals may use the degree for career enhancement or professional development related to helping communities solve their food and nutrition problems.
Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems - Jaimee Park

Jaimee Park

Meet Jaimee Park, M.S. ’23, an experienced restaurant professional from Chattanooga, Tenn.
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Garrett Darrah

Meet Garrett Darrah, M.S. ’23, the agency relations coordinator for Food Bank of Central New York.
Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems - Layne Cozzolino

Layne Cozzolino

Meet Layne Cozzolino, M.S. ’17, owner of Siren Shrub Co.
Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems - Renee Fox

Renee Fox

Meet Renee Fox, M.S. ’11, marketing communications specialist at the University of Kentucky Department of Dietetics & Human Nutrition
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“The faculty for this program have wonderfully diverse backgrounds. They don’t just teach and study the subject matter, they’re active in their fields. They have the connections and experiences needed to support their students’ hands-on experiences.”
Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems - Jaimee Park
“I enrolled in the graduate program for SRFS at UWSP to change directions in my career, gain knowledge that I am seeking and be an advocate for local food systems in my community.”
Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems - Renee Fox
“I learned a lot from my professors and peers. I’ve stayed in touch with friends I made during the program and I continue to be in amazed at the great work that has come from the cohort of students in our program.”
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By the Numbers

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Cost per Credit

Schedule of Course Offerings

Students must complete 30 credits: 24 core credits are required; the remaining 6 elective credits are chosen by the student to provide an area of specialization that meets their unique career goals. Elective courses can be taken at UWSP or transferred in from another institution.

Below is a list of required courses in the terms they are offered in the most intensive timeline possible. Most students complete the program in 2-3 years and enroll in 3-6 credits per term. Depending on your situation, you may choose to enroll in fewer or more than this. Consultation with your adviser will allow you to determine what course load and progression is best for you. Students may start in spring or fall, can stop out for personal or professional reasons, and have up to 7 years to complete all requirements.

Core Required Courses – 21 Credits

  • COL 700​ – Collaborative Leadership in Community Development (3 cr)
  • COL 710 – Organization and Program Management (3 cr)
  • COL 720 – Outcome Based Program Evaluation (3 cr)
  • COL 730 – Best Practices in Program Development (3 cr)
  • COL 740 – Grants and Funding for Small Projects (3 cr)
  • COL 791 – Project Planning (3 cr)*
  • COL 792 – Project Evaluation (3 cr)*
    *Alternative Culminating Experience

Offered Every Fall

  • COL 700​ – Collaborative Leadership in Community Development (3 cr)
  • COL 710 – Organization and Program Management (3 cr)
  • COL 791 – Project Planning (3 cr)*
  • COL 792 – Project Evaluation (3 cr)*
    *Alternative Culminating Experience

Offered Every Spring

  • COL 720 – Outcome Based Program Evaluation (3 cr)
  • COL 730 – Best Practices in Program Development (3 cr)
  • COL 791 – Project Planning (3 cr)*
  • COL 792 – Project Evaluation (3 cr)*
    *Alternative Culminating Experience

Offered Every Summer

  • COL 740 – Grants and Funding for Small Projects (3 cr)
  • COL 791 – Project Planning (3 cr)*
  • COL 792 – Project Evaluation (3 cr)*
    *Alternative Culminating Experience

Explore Your Elective Options

For the required electives, students are encouraged to be very selfish and strategic when identifying elective courses. Choosing electives is NOT about simply “seeing what is offered at UWSP.” It involves each individual student FIRST identifying the specific skills and/or areas of expertise that you need to develop during the master’s experience to be successful taking your first professional step with the M.S.

The skills and areas of expertise will be the search words used to google for graduate-level courses that meet your needs. You can also ask the program director about whether any UWSP courses develop these specific topics and skills.

If you are not clear on what you need from electives, you may

  • talk with the program director or your adviser to start identifying potential options
  • conduct an informational interview of someone who currently holds a position of interest
  • or who hires for that position
  • search for announcements and descriptions for positions you would like to hold after
  • earning the MS
  • do a gap analysis to clarify which skills and areas of expertise you already possess so you
  • know which electives to prioritize

If a course you need is offered at another university than UWSP, you simply

  • work with that other institution to know how to enroll as a non-degree seeking student
  • confirm that it is a graduate level course offered for college credit
  • communicate your interest in the course with the program director or your adviser
  • once your grade for the course is posted you
    • fill out a form and email to the program director
    • request transcripts be sent to the program director

Register as a Special, Non-Degree Seeking Student

You can enroll at UW-Stevens Point easily, without applying to the university and paying additional fees.

To register for graduate courses as a special, non-degree seeking student, you must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. You will be granted graduate special status when you register. This gives you the same privileges of other registered students, such as access to library resources, etc.

To register, you simply pay the $100 registration deposit accompanying the mail registration form.

Registrations will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis according to the following schedule: summer/fall course registration begins in April and spring/winterim registration begins in November. This schedule is based on when continuing students are done registering. Non-degree seeking students cannot register before degree seeking students.

After your registration is processed, you will be sent an email by the Office of the Registrar. The email includes instructions on how to activate your myPoint account, access texts, and obtain a Point ID Card.   More information >>>

Please note: HWM courses are administered through UW-Extension. Tuition rates may differ from UW-Stevens Point rates.

Cost and Assistantships

Cost of Study

Tuition for all 100% online graduate courses required for the Community and Organizational Leadership (COL) and Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems (SRFS) master’s degrees is $540/credit plus a $50/credit distance education fee. This $590/credit tuition rate applies to all students, no matter their residency status. Also, there are no additional segregated fees.

Most courses require no textbooks. In such cases, materials are drawn from current agency or research literature sources that are available electronically.

Tuition for elective courses will vary depending on the institution and program that hosts the course. COL and SRFS students have been known to take 100% online courses offered by the School of Health Sciences and Wellness (e.g., Family and Consumer Sciences; same rate) or face-to-face courses offered in other UWSP departments (e.g., aquaponics; tuition rate info); Ed.D. in Educational Sustainability ($750/credit); Health and Wellness Management M.S. ($740/credit); Sustainable Management M.S. ($689/credit); and other universities in Wisconsin and the U.S. The electives you choose will depend on what you need to build the skills and expertise to achieve your career goals.

Federal Financial Aid is only available to graduate students who are enrolled at least half-time during the semester (5+ credits). Please consult with the Financial Aid Office about your unique situation.

Compensation and Eligibility

Job Responsibilities: Graduate assistants serve the School of Health Sciences and Wellness in a variety of capacities including enhancing the delivery of SHSW programs, instruction and scholarly activities. Graduate assistants can serve as a research assistant to a faculty member, assist in teaching undergraduate courses, support department assessment and accreditation efforts, sustain and further SHSW collaborations in the community (e.g., Farmshed, Greenhouse Project, Fruit & Vegetable Rx program, Guiding Good Choices, etc.), and assist faculty in developing new or enhancing existing programs (e.g., CPS Café, UWSP Employee Wellness).

Compensation: The assistantships are half-time (20 hours/week) positions that pay approximately $11,200 annually and include the state health insurance package.

Eligibility: Newly admitted and continuing in the Community and Organizational Leadership or Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems master’s programs.

Benefits to Student: Graduate assistants gain vital skills and professional development experiences that provide a real-world view into the jobs their master’s degree can lead to. Working in community and research projects builds skills in technical and professional writing, research skills useful in grant writing and program assessment, program management and development, building collaborations, teaching experience, among others.

Applications will be accepted electronically to chuck@uwsp.edu until 5 p.m. on the second Friday of July, and must include the following:

  1. Resume or CV
  2. Brief letter of interest (no more than 1 page, single spaced) that delineates the strengths and abilities you bring to this position and how the opportunities this position offers will assist in your professional development.

Competitive review of applications will take place after the application deadline for appointments to be announced by August 1.

Meet your Faculty and Staff

Our classes are developed by educators with focused industry, research and teaching experience. We are ready to prepare you to meet employers’ needs.
Annie Wetter

Annie Wetter

  • Professor – Nutrition
  • Director – Graduate Programs
715-346-2108
Jasia Steinmetz

Jasia Steinmetz

  • Professor – Food and Nutrition
  • Director – Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Coordinator – M.S. in Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems
715-346-4087
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Todd Kuckkahn

  • Associate Lecturer – Graduate Programs
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Michelle Goetsch

  • Associate Lecturer – Graduate Programs
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Kristie Rauter-Egge

  • Associate Lecturer – Graduate Programs