M.S. in Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems: Cost & Assistantships

Cost of Study

Tuition for all 100% online graduate courses required for the Community and Organizational Leadership (COL) and Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems (SRFS) master's degrees is $540/credit plus a $50/credit distance education fee. This $590/credit tuition rate applies to all students, no matter their residency status. Also, there are no additional segregated fees.

Most courses require no textbooks. In such cases, materials are drawn from current agency or research literature sources that are available electronically.

Tuition for elective courses will vary depending on the institution and program that hosts the course. COL and SRFS students have been known to take 100% online courses offered by the School of Health Sciences and Wellness (e.g., Family and Consumer Sciences; same rate) or face-to-face courses offered in other UWSP departments (e.g., aquaponics; tuition rate info); Ed.D. in Educational Sustainability ($750/credit); Health and Wellness Management M.S. ($740/credit); Sustainable Management M.S. ($689/credit); and other universities in Wisconsin and the U.S. The electives you choose will depend on what you need to build the skills and expertise to achieve your career goals.

Federal Financial Aid is only available to graduate students who are enrolled at least half-time during the semester (5+ credits). Please consult with the Financial Aid Office about your unique situation.

Graduate Assistantship Information


The assistantships are half-time (20 hours/week) positions that pay approximately $11,200 annually and include the state health insurance package.  

Who can apply

Newly admitted and continuing in the Community and Organizational Leadership or Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems master's programs.

Job responsibilities

Graduate assistants serve the School of Health Sciences and Wellness in a variety of capacities including enhancing the delivery of SHSW programs, instruction and scholarly activities. Graduate assistants can serve as a research assistant to a faculty member, assist in teaching undergraduate courses, support department assessment and accreditation efforts, sustain and further SHSW collaborations in the community (e.g., Farmshed, Greenhouse Project, Fruit & Vegetable Rx program, Guiding Good Choices, etc.), and assist faculty in developing new or enhancing existing programs (e.g., CPS Café, UWSP Employee Wellness).

Benefits to student

Graduate assistants gain vital skills and professional development experiences that provide a real-world view into the jobs their master’s degree can lead to. Working in community and research projects builds skills in technical and professional writing, research skills useful in grant writing and program assessment, program management and development, building collaborations, teaching experience, among others.

Applications will be accepted electronically to chuck@uwsp.edu until 5 p.m. on the second Friday of July, and must include the following:

  1. Resume or CV
  2. Brief letter of interest (no more than 1 page, single spaced) that delineates the strengths and abilities you bring to this position and how the opportunities this position offers will assist in your professional development.

Competitive review of applications will take place after the application deadline for appointments to be announced by August 1.

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