An Innovative Graduate-Level Certification Program
To Help the Food System Ensure a More Global, Sustainable Future
The food system is facing incredible challenges. In order to ensure a more global, sustainable future, it’s critical that we build our next generation of leaders to more effectively work together – from the private to public sectors, from farm to fork. This is the mission and vision of the Integrated Food Systems Leadership (IFSL) Program.
Fostering Leadership, Collaboration, and Innovation Across the Food System
IFSL is a Post-Baccalaureate Regents Certificate program that bridges the gap between traditional food system education and a professional leadership program.
Delivering a comprehensive and actionable educational experience, the program broadens the knowledge and understanding of the global food supply chain and interdependencies across the food system, while promoting critical thinking and problem solving across disciplines.
Designed for Busy Working Professionals
Ideal for those who are currently working in the food system and want to advance their careers, program participants benefit from an interactive, cohort model with manageable weekly studies. Courses take place over a 13-month period and are primarily online with two 2-day onsite courses. Plus, course credits can be applied to a future graduate degree.
Built on the Strength of University and Industry Collaboration
The IFSL program draws from the expertise and guidance of:
- The leadership and faculty of the University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, and School of Public Health.
- The IFSL Industry Advisors Group representing cross-disciplinary leaders from organizations such as General Mills, Ecolab, Cargill, Pepsico, CHS Robinson, Minnesota Dept of Agriculture, Agrigrowth, Land O' Lakes and Minnesota Turkey.