American University of Beirut

Cultivate a World Without Hunger

​​​​​Engage with seasoned subject matter experts, policymakers, and instructors through our advanced Online Food Security Diploma.

Food security is a pressing global challenge that affects millions of people around the world. Our Online Food Security Graduate Diploma aims to combat this critical issue by educating a new generation of leaders who are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and experience to address food inequalities, and influence policies that shape how communities access food.

The Diploma takes a multidisciplinary approach, combining coursework in Agriculture, Nutrition Security, Food Policies, and Contemporary Debate on Food Security Challenges with hands-on learning opportunities.  By the end of the program, graduates will be ideal candidates for careers in international organizations, NGOs, government agencies, and the private sector, where they can play a vital role in building a food-secure future. ​

Who Should Enroll? 

  • Professionals interested in food security and career growth in international organizations, NGOs, and public entities.
  • Fresh graduates eager to launch  an impactful career in food security
  • NGOs and private institutions looking to equip their teams with the latest knowledge and skills to drive their mission forward.
  • Entrepreneurs with innovative ideas seeking growth in the food security landscape
  • Community leaders advocating for food security and aiming effectively influence policies.​

Learning Jour​​ney ​

​Skills Required
​Demand in the GCC 
​Food Security Challenges and Contemporary Debate
​Comprehensive understanding of food security
​Nutrition Security: Assessment and Intervention Strategies
​Assessing and strategizing nutrition interventions for food security
​Growing need
​Agriculture: Technology, Supply Chains, Sustainability
​Knowledge in sustainable agriculture and food systems
​Increasing opportunities
​Food Policies and Their Planning Process
​Skills in food policy and planning
​High demand

Learning Outcomes ​

  • Analyze food security's dimensions and map them to food system outcomes.
  • Explore the links between food security and socio-economic development.
  • Assess food security strategies, policies, and programs in the MENA region and the Global South.
  • Develop interventions to promote food security.
  • Craft communication strategies for diverse audiences on food security issues.

Program Benefits

  • ​Transferring credits to an MSc in Food Security at AUB
  • Networking with industry experts and fellow students 
  • A holistic understanding of the complexities surrounding global food systems.
  • Becoming a Food Security expert in just 9 months!

​Eligibility Requirements

To join our diploma, you will need: 

  • An undergraduate degree (BS) in agriculture, nutrition, food sciences, economics or other social sciences, or other discipline as appropriate. 
  • English language proficiency. 

Tuition and Fees

The cost of the diploma is based on a credit cost of $650 per credit or $7,800 for a total of 12 credits. Payment is made on a per-semester basis corresponding to the number of credits for which you will enroll. This means that you can pay as you go, stretching the payments across the course of study. 

Benefit from 10% Early bird offers by paying fully in advance before starting date. AUB graduates’ benefit from 15% offers and further corporate tuition rates are available.

Credit Transfer to Master’s Degree Program

You can transfer up to 12 credits (four courses) successfully completed under the Food Security Graduate Diploma towards AUB’s MSc degree program in food security. ​

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