MA in Food Studies

Food Studies and Library Science, Dual Master's

An Innovative Dual Degree

A partnership between NYU Steinhardt's Department of Nutrition and Food Studies and Long Island University's (LIU) Palmer School, this new dual degree offers you the opportunity to earn an MA in Food Studies and an MSLIS in Library and Information Science, which is accredited by the American Library Association. You'll double your credentials and expand your career options. 

Combining rigorous coursework in food scholarship with the professional qualification you need to work in fields like information science, digital humanities, and data archiving, this 59-credit program will prepare you for such sought-after positions as food studies specialist, archivist, and scholar-librarian.

See the program of study for this dual degree and the program tracks from which you can choose.

Find out how to apply to the MA/MSLIS.

Program of Study

Required Courses

Food Studies Courses:

  • FOOD-GE 2000 Current Research in Food Studies (1 credit)
  • FOOD-GE 2017 Conteporary Issues in Food Studies (3 credits)
  • FOOD-GE 2033 Food Systems (3 credits) 
  • FOOD-GE 2039 Food Policy and Politics or FOOD-GE 2015 Food Policy (3 credits)
  • NUTR-GE 2215 Nutrition in Food Studies (3 credits) 
  • FOOD-GE 2191 Food and Culture (3 credits)
  • FOOD-GE 2061 Research Applications (3 credits) 

Library Science Courses:

  • LIS 510 Introduction to Library and Information Science (3 credits)
  • LIS 511 Information Sources and Services (3 credits)
  • LIS 512 Introduction to Knowledge Organization (3 credits)
  • LIS 514 Introduction to Research in LIS (3 credits)
  • LIS 785 Internship (4 credits)

Elective Courses

Food Studies Electives:

  • 12 credits of Food Studies courses (4 courses)

Library Science Electives:

  • 12 credits of Palmer elective courses (4 courses)

See a full list of course descriptions for the Food Studies MA. For a list of MSLIS courses, see Palmer’s online course system. Select the term, the department (Library and Information Science), and course level (graduate) to view a list of current course offerings. MAMSLIS courses are taught at the NYU Washington Square Campus. All MSLIS courses meet at NYU’s Bobst Library

Students transfer nine NYU credits to Palmer LIU and eight Palmer credits to NYU to complete the required credits for the two degrees.

Program Tracks

The Dual Degree Mentorship Track
The Mentorship Track includes a 160-hour mentoring arrangement in which subject specialists from NYU libraries work with you to introduce you to the requirements of the field, offering the opportunity for hands-on experience within a theoretical framework. The program’s core is a series of required modules, which include Reference/Instruction, Collection Development, Digital Scholarship and Professional Development.

The Dual Degree Internship Track 
The Internship Track is designed for students who are not focused on careers as subject librarians in research libraries. Your interests may lie in activities connected to archives, media entities, museums, or similar institutions. This track includes a series of internships totaling 160 hours in which you'll work with trained library professionals in libraries or institutions in the New York metropolitan area that reflect your future career goals.

How to Apply

Prospective students interested in the dual degree program at NYU and LIU must apply separately for admission to each school. Applicants must:

Students already admitted to or enrolled in the Food Studies MA program should contact Katie Robertson if they are interested in in this dual degree.  

Program benefits for international students

If you’re an international student, you may be able to work in the United States after graduation for an extended period of time. Most students studying on F-1 visas will be eligible for 12 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) off-campus work authorization. F-1 students in this program may also be eligible for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) OPT extension, allowing you to extend your time in the United States to pursue degree-related work experience for a total of 36 months or 3 years. For more information on who can apply for this extension and how, see NYU’s Office of Global Services: STEM OPT.

For more information about the MA/MSLIS, please contact

Jennifer Berg, Director, Graduate Food Studies Program, with questions about Food Studies

Alice Flynn, LIU Graduate Adviser, with questions about Library and Information Science