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Food Studies (MAFS) + MBA Overview

The Food Studies + MBA dual degree program is not accepting applications for the 24-25 academic year. We encourage students to explore Chatham's Master of Arts in Food Studies program, which offers courses and opportunities to explore the many business aspects of food and agricultural systems.

Chatham’s dual-degree MAFS+MBA program leverages the strengths of our Master of Arts in Food Studies (MAFS) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs to create a curriculum that develops business acumen in aspects of food systems. Graduates gain knowledge in key areas, such as product development, supply chains, agricultural practices, labor, and sustainability, while engaging in hands-on project management and experiential learning.

Application Deadline

Priority & Regular

Priority deadline for fall enrollment is February 1 (all application materials must be received by this date for first consideration of fellowships and assistantships). Regular deadline for fall enrollment is June 15. Regular deadline for spring enrollment is November 1.

Credits Required


The MAFS+MBA can be completed in six terms of full-time study.

Cultivating Connections

Community Partnerships

The Falk School of Sustainability & Environment cultivates robust partnerships with entities in Pittsburgh and beyond. 

Dual Degrees

Save Time and Money

Students in the MAFS+MBA program save 26 credits, compared to taking the programs separately.

Explore the MAFS+MBA Degree:

An in-depth knowledge of food production, culture, and history combined with impeccable mastery of business concepts and strategy prepares students to move into positions as leaders and entrepreneurs in these increasingly popular—and important—areas.

Admission to the MAFS+MBA program will be based on:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with less than a 3.0 who show extreme promise through other achievements may be granted conditional admission.
  • Pre-requisite courses in Financial Accounting and Business Statistics (completed prior to enrollment)
  • Completed Application Form (found here), including submission of the following documents:
    • Curriculum vitae or resume
    • Admissions Essay
    • 2 letters of recommendation, from an academic source and/or direct work supervisor
    • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts, sent directly by the institutions
    • Additional writing sample (optional, but encouraged)

International Applicants

International Applicants must submit additional documentation to the Office of Admissions. A list of these documents can be found on the International Admission web page.

BUS577: Information Systems and Analytics

This course explores the strategic management of technology, information, and people from a Chief Information Officer’s (CIO) perspective. The business value and organizational challenges of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, customer relationship management (CRM) systems, data warehouses, analytics, and Big Data are critically examined through cases and hands-on projects.

FST614: New Product Development

This course explores the new product development process from ideation to market. Students will study the methodologies and practices of product development working in the Food and Agriculture Innovation Lab at CRAFT. Each term, student teams will work with clients on key components including taste testing, consumer feedback, marketing, and recipe development.

FST508: Food Systems

This course examines philosophical, sociological, economic, and cultural issues related to the production and consumption of food. From Agrarianism to the Green Revolution, the course explores the transformations of industrialization, technology, and migration. It provides foundation in food systems and commodity chains as concepts and methodological tools for uncovering the relationships between communities, agriculture, markets, and consumers.

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Cultivating Partnerships

The Falk School of Sustainability & Environment cultivates robust partnerships with entities in Pittsburgh and beyond. Find out how one such partnership brought new life to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center downtown.

Community Partnerships: La Prima Coffee

Since the start of Chatham University’s Master of Food Studies program, students have been touring the Pittsburgh coffee purveyor La Prima Espresso Company. Through partnerships like this one with local businesses, government, non-profits, farms, purveyors, and restaurants across the region, Chatham MAFS students gain the kind of hands-on, experiential understanding of their field that marks our Food Studies program as truly unique.

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Eden Hall Campus

Located 20 minutes north of Pittsburgh, Chatham's Eden Hall Campus is the world's first academic community built from the ground up for sustainability. The grounds and infrastructure support research and learning around energy and climate; water and aquaculture; food and agriculture; community and health; and design and planning. As an MAFS+MBA student, you will balance your time between the Shadyside Campus and Eden Hall.

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Program Faculty

Chatham's Food Studies + MBA faculty members are accomplished teachers, scholars, practitioners, and active leaders in the field. They serve as mentors and advisors and are there for you every step of the way.

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Tuition & Funding

The cost of a graduate degree consists of university tuition (per credit charge), fees, and any other personal expenses you may require for earning your degree. Chatham also offers graduate assistantships, fellowships, and professional campus work positions for many graduate programs that can help make a Chatham graduate education more affordable. Our Financial Aid and Admissions offices will also work with you to understand loan and financing options you may qualify for.

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Read Our Blog

Chatham’s Department of Business & Data Science blog serves to inform current and potential students, faculty, alumni, and friends of the department. It covers recent events, highlights extraordinary students, and introduces new professors and courses that are of interest to our readers. 

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Masters of Food Studies + MBA

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Find out about Chatham's Agroecology Demonstration Garden, a student-focused garden at Eden Hall Campus where they pursue projects that illustrate what they're learning in class.

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Dana Angstadt, MAFS + MBA ’18 has a mouthful of a title at Gate Gourmet, the airline catering company and corporate meal supplier where she works: Manager, Menu & New Business Development. But her daily responsibilities are as vast as the title itself.

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Sophie Slesinger, MAFS+MBA ’18, for reasons even she can’t quite pin down, went from being a directionless college student to one of the country’s most promising young food professionals in less than 10 years.

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Food brings people together. Learn more about the community bread oven at Chatham University's Eden Hall Campus. Funding for the Eden Hall Campus Community Bread Oven was provided by The Lloyd Foundation and Dorothy Lowenthal Raizman '68.

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