American University of Beirut

Food Security Graduate Online Diploma

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Food Security Graduate Diploma offers a multi-disciplinary perspective and area of study. This program is designed for working professionals and future leaders who are looking for a career-transforming opportunity that explores the areas of food security, agricultural production, nutrition security, and public policy and development programming. The Food Security Graduate Diploma will build your core knowledge around contemporary challenges, current and potential policies and interventions, and design and evaluation principles targeting food security.

Through the diploma you will gain the ability to: 

  • Understand in depth food security’s dimensions and map them to food system outcomes; 
  • Link food security and wider socio-economic development; 
  • Investigate the political, cultural, gender, and ethical issues embedded within food security; 
  • Assess food security strategies, policies, programs, and their implementation in the MENA region and the Global South; 
  • Design interventions to promote food security; and 
  • Develop tools and tactics to effectively communicate to diverse institutional and community audiences. ​​​

Program Learning Jour​​ney 

The Graduate Diplomaconsists of four required courses for a total of twelve credits:​​

​Food Security: Challenges and Contemporary Debate
​Agriculture: Technology, Supply Chains, Sustainability
Nutrition Security: Assessment and Intervention Strategies​
​​Food Policies and Their Planning Process

​​​For detailed course information, download the factsheet.

​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; 
  • Relevant work experience and/or academic background to the domain of food security; and 
  • 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.

​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 MS degree program in food security.​​​ ​

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