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PhD, Food Studies

Examine the historical and cultural dimensions of food from an interdisciplinary perspective. Employing methods from the humanities and social sciences, this doctoral program prepares you for teaching and research at the university level, as well as in institutions outside academia. In consultation with an adviser and a doctoral committee, you will tailor your curriculum to a particular research interest and develop your course of study and dissertation research.

Please contact Krishnendu Ray with any questions.

Official Degree Title

PhD in Food Studies



Application Deadline

Fall Start:
January 6

Plan Code





Full-time or Part-time


How to Apply

These instructions and requirements are for all applicants. If you are not a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, please read the special instructions for international applicants.

1. Prepare Your Application

Your application will require the following items. The following are acceptable document types for uploads: .pdf, .jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .tiff, .png, .doc, .docx, and bitmap.


You are required to upload a copy of your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae as part of your application.

Statement of Purpose

Not required.

Personal Essay

Write a brief essay (2-3 pages single-spaced or 4-5 pages double-spaced) on the research area/topic you expect to pursue, your background preparation for advanced work in that area/topic, and some of the scholars whose work in that area has shaped your thinking.

Book Review

In 500 words or less, write a book review of an academic work that is preferably in the area in which you expect to focus your advanced study. Or: you can submit a published or submitted scholarly article you have written in lieu of the book review.

Letters of Recommendation

Submit three letters of recommendation. Be sure to request them well in advance of the deadline. Read detailed instructions.


Upload one official copy of transcripts from every postsecondary school you have attended or are attending. Make sure to request them in advance of the deadline.

If you completed or are completing a degree at an institution outside of the US or Canada, you are required to provide a WES or ECE evaluation. Please review our requirements for translation and a course-by-course evaluation of your transcripts.

See detailed instructions on submitting transcripts.


Optional. The Admissions Committee acknowledges there are several ways to demonstrate graduate school readiness. This may include, but not limited to, professional or academic experience or by submitting the test results from the GRE. Therefore, the GRE is optional for applicants to Food Studies/Food Management PHD program

Proficiency in English

Selection Criteria

Applicants who pass an initial screening may be invited to interview with specific faculty members in person or by telephone. The acceptance decision is based in part on faculty availability and research interests, as well as on the full range of admission criteria.

The admissions committee uses several criteria in assessing application materials, each of which has multiple measures: evidence of academic talent; suitability of the professional portfolio; and fit with the purposes and capabilities of our program and our faculty. 

Admission criteria include but are not limited to:

  • Overall GPA > 3.5 in at least one prior academic degree program
  • Undergraduate degree
  • Prior relevant professional work or research experience
  • Clear focus/goals expressed by applicants through the application and interview process
  • Research goals are consistent with current faculty research interests
  • Extra consideration will be given for peer-reviewed publications and grants by applicants
  • Fluency in non-English will be given consideration

2. Apply


Start your application now

After you fill in and upload the required information, you can submit your completed application. Your application must be completed, dated, electronically signed, and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST of the stated deadline.

Application Fee

You will be prompted to pay a $75 application fee, payable by major credit card only. After submitting your payment, you will see your application status change from “saved” to “submitted.” Please print this screen for your records, as it confirms that your application has been successfully sent to our school. If you have problems submitting your payment, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions. Learn more about our fee waiver policy.

Mailing Additional Items

If any application materials need to be mailed to our office, mail the materials to NYU Steinhardt, Office of Graduate Admissions, 82 Washington Square East, 3rd Floor New York, NY 10003-6680.  Please do not mail your materials in binders or folders. Any mailed materials must be received by, not postmarked by, the stated deadline. Only completed applications will be considered and reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Due to high volume, we are unable to confirm receipt of mailed materials.

Application Policies

Application deadlines are "in-office" deadlines, not postmark deadlines. It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials are in the Office of Graduate Admissions by the appropriate deadline, and we reserve the right to return any application that arrives after the deadline. Only completed applications will be considered. Should a deadline fall on a weekend, the in-office deadline will be the next business day. We advise you to apply early.

Please check the online system to confirm that you have successfully submitted your application. Due to the volume of applications and related materials received, the Office of Graduate Admissions will only contact you if your application was successfully submitted and is deemed incomplete because of missing required materials. Otherwise, you will hear from us when the admissions committee has made its decision.

Deferral policy: NYU Steinhardt does not allow deferrals. Applicants who wish to be considered for a future semester must reapply by submitting a new application with all supporting materials, including letters of recommendation, by the application deadline.

3. Receive Your Admission Decision


You will be notified about your decision by email. Typically, decisions will start going out in late March or early April for fall enrollment. You may learn of your decision before or after this timeline.