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Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems and Security

Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Program overview
1 year
Graduate diploma / certificate
Start dates
Surrey (British Columbia)
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Surrey (British Columbia)
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About this program

Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems and Security

This is an 18-credit Graduate Certificate composed of six courses in an online delivery format spanning one academic year. The interdisciplinary curriculum comprises two parts: the first part is a comprehensive interdisciplinary examination of contemporary food systems and food security from environmental, social and economic perspectives, elucidating the multi-faceted and deep challenges to humanity and the biosphere; the second part seeks to envision and facilitate a better food system future.

The key program objectives are:

  • To impart a comprehensive understanding of the sustainability challenges in our contemporary food system.
  • To imbue students with an understanding of emerging research and knowledge around sustainable food systems
  • To train change-makers; prepare builders and leaders to implement effective and innovative strategies to advance sustainable food systems.

This program of study is also formally articulated with the Royal Roads University Master of Arts – Integrated Studies program and required of those Royal Roads University students who want to pursue the MA graduate degree with a Sustainable Food System and Food Security emphasis. Students must still apply formally for admission to Royal Roads University, and transfer of credits from KPU is not automatic, nor guaranteed. Conditions for admission to Royal Roads University and block transfer of KPU credits are set by the receiving institution.

Admission requirements

In addition to the Faculty's Admission Requirements, which consist of KPU's undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement, the following program admission requirements apply:

  • Successful completion of a recognized undergraduate or graduate degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.67 (Applicants with an equivalent combination of education and relevant professional experience may be considered for the program.)
  • A statement of intent in the program, including relevant studies and work experience. This statement should be 800 – 1000 words and cover the following:
    • Intellectual and creative interests
    • Personal goals related to the program
    • How one's background contributes to the program
    • Self-assessment of emotional intelligence with applied examples
    • Highlight interests in community involvement
  • Two professional references stating suitability for the program

For more information, please visit the university website.

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Program content

  • Our Food System and Sustainability
  • Environment & Food Systems
  • Food System Economics
  • Food System & Society
  • Creating Our Food Future
  • Community Food System- Capstone Project

Scholarships & funding

Kwantlen Polytechnic University offers scholarship opportunities to new students, in amounts up to $20,000 CAD. For details and application requirements, please contact the university.

Program delivery

This is an 18-credit Graduate Certificate composed of six courses in an online delivery format spanning one academic year.


Credential Granted:Graduate Diploma

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems and Security.

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University  

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is Canada’s leading polytechnic university. KPU’s five campuses are all located in Metro Vancouver, a modern and multicultural region that has incredible natural beauty, the most temperate weather in Canada, and many career opportunities. With guaranteed...

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Canada has been ranked the #1 study abroad country in the world for 2020! Known for its untouched natural beauty, friendly and welcoming locals, and a culture of tolerance and diversity, Canada is a clear choice for students looking to study abroad.

With 5 campuses, 140 programs, and 20,000 full time students each year, Kwantlen Polytechnic University is one of the largest and most exciting universities in the Metro Vancouver region of Canada. It’s why thousands of international students from around 70 countries choose to study at KPU each year.

As an international student at KPU, your education will be relevant and thought-provoking. Your instructors will care deeply about your learning, and our programs will offer you the opportunity to get real, hands-on experience to prepare you for your dream career—whether in Canada, or beyond. And at every step in your journey, our welcoming international student services will be there to support you and celebrate your success. Plus? Metro Vancouver is one of the most beautiful and livable places in the entire world.

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University

12666 72 Avenue
BC V3W 2M8 Surrey

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