American University of Beirut

​Admission Requirements for MS in Food Security

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Admission requirements to the Master of Science in Food Security are the same as outlined in the FAFS Graduate Students’ Manual. There are three basic requirements for admission to the MS in Food Security program:

1. Undergraduate Degree: Applicants to the Master of Science in Food Security program must hold a Bachelor of Science degree from AUB or its equivalent from a recognized institution of higher learning, with an undergraduate average of at least 80 percent (or standardized equivalent from other institutions of higher learning) in the major field of study and a cumulative undergraduate average of at least 75 percent (or standardized equivalent). Applicants to the Master of Science in Food Security may be recruited from related disciplines including agriculture, nutrition, food sciences, economics and other social sciences, and other fields as appropriate.

2. Relevant Experience: Applicants should demonstrate relevant academic or professional experience to the field of food security.

3. English Language Proficiency: Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in spoken and written English, as all courses are taught in English.  The English Language Proficiency Requirement (ELPR) may be satisfied through one of the following:

    • Successful graduation from AUB or a recognized college or university in North America, Great Britain, Australia, or New Zealand;

    • A score of at least 530 on the English Entrance Examination (EEE);

    • A score of at least 583 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL);

    • A score of at least 250 on the computer-based TOEFL;

    • A score of at least 97 on the Internet-based TOEFL;

    • A score of at least 7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS);

    • A score of at least 147 on the verbal part of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE); or

    • A score of at least 25 on the verbal part of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).​


Admissions to the Master of Science are determined by the FAFS Graduate Committee and the Food Security Executive Committee.
Each applicant must submit the Online Graduate Application and provide all supporting documentation by approximately April 1 for admission in fall semester / November 1 for admission in spring semester. The application package should include the following:

    • Application form 

    • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate coursework

    • English language test scores (if applicable)

    • Letters of recommendation (at least 2)

    • Statement of purpose

    • Curriculum vitae or resume

    • Application fee

  • Applications will be reviewed, and selected applicants notified of their selection by approximately June 1 for admission in fall semester / December 22 for admission in spring semester.

  • Selected applicants confirm their intention to enroll in the MS in Food Security.

​MS courses will begin on/around September 1 for fall semester / January​ 18 for spring semester

Applications for the MS in Food Security for fall 2024-25

will be accepted until March 16​​, 2023​​​.

​ Find the application form online.​

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