Master of Science & MBA in Food & Agribusiness Management

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1-YEAR DOUBLE DEGREE IN A GROWING & DYNAMIC INDUSTRY

With the increasing impact of globalisation and advancing technologies, the food, agrienergy and agricultural industries are in a state of expansion and evolution. As two of the world’s leading countries in agribusiness, France and Brazil are poised to play a fundamental role in the future of the food industry. 

In the Master of Science and MBA in Food and Agribusiness Management (FAM) programme, you’ll learn how to excel in all aspects of food and agribusiness management – and earn degrees from two of the top business schools in France and Brazil:

Key information

  • Degree earned: Master of Science and MBA in Food and Agribusiness
  • Language: English
  • Duration: 12-14 months, full-time
  • Eligibility: Four-year bachelor’s degree in any field; proficiency in English
  • Programme start: September
  • Tuition: €14,850

International partners

Audencia is among the elite 1% of business schools to hold triple accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA. Our strong international partnerships serve as the foundation of your FAM programme. You’ll work with faculty members who have extensive industry experience, researchers who specialise in the field, and agribusiness and agrienergy corporate partners.

ESPM is the leading university in Brazil for business strategy, marketing and integrated communications programmes – and agribusiness marketing. ESPM’s Centre for Agribusiness works closely with the Brazilian Agribusiness Marketing Association (AMBR&A) and the Brazilian Agribusiness Association (ABAG), the main industry associations for this sector, to develop state-of-the-art research and education.

The FAM is supported by generous funding from Crédit Agricole, the largest bank in France – and the second-largest in Europe. Crédit Agricole has a long history of supporting farmers and agribusiness, and is a top employer of Audencia graduates. Learn from and connect with industry experts from Crédit Agricole and other companies, building a network of industry contacts for your future career.

The FAM programme also partners with the following influential agribusiness and agrienergy corporate partners:

In addition, you’ll benefit from Audencia’s network of corporate partners.

Programme

Prepare to help the global food and agribusiness sectors reinvent themselves! You’ll gain the tools to develop innovative solutions to challenges faced by food and agricultural enterprises, to manage all aspects of agribusiness operation and to market food products effectively. Programme includes:

  • Internationalised study in both France and Brazil
  • Courses taught by top Audencia faculty and ESPM faculty
  • Guest lectures and workshops led by industry experts
  • Field trips to a variety of SME, SMI and multinational agribusiness companies
  • Practical master’s project
  • Worldwide, hands-on internship


Period 1 (September to mid-November)

You’ll gain a solid understanding of the foundational principles of food and agribusiness management, taking 20 ECTS at Audencia in Nantes, France, and participating in field trips across France. Courses include:

  • Analytical Tools
  • Strategy for Agribusiness
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Marketing and Food Business
  • Operations Management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility

Period 2 (December to February)

Now it’s time to dig deeper into the field, taking another 20 ECTS and continuing to participate in field trips. You’ll also undertake a field project in France, working in a team on an industry-related case. Courses will be taught primarily by Audencia, with one course taught by ESPM. Courses include:

  • Value Chain and Performance
  • Design and Innovation

B2C

  • Packaging Management
  • Brand Management
  • International Marketing

B2B

  • Category Management
  • Trade Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management
  • The Retail World

Period 3 (mid-March to mid-May)

At this point, you’ll move your studies to São Paulo, Brazil, taking a further 20 ECTS to build your expertise. You’ll participate in field trips and a field project in Brazil. Courses will be taught primarily by ESPM, with one course taught by Audencia. Example courses include:

  • Principles of Animal Genetics
  • Marketing “Before the Farm”
  • Marketing Strategies in the Public Sector
  • Marketing of Agricultural Production
  • Marketing “After the Farm” – Agro Industry Farms
  • Reverse Marketing – Retail Industry
  • Agribusiness Geopolitics
  • Communication Strategies
  • Social Media and Internet Governance
  • Media for Agribusiness
  • Sales and Distribution Channels Planning
  • Agribusiness NGO Marketing
  • International Legislation and Regulation
  • Tax Management – Governance Models from USA and EEC
  • Marketing of Cooperatives and Associations    

A wide range of field trips and field projects in both France and Brazil will expand your real-world knowledge in an international context. This equips you to analyse issues facing the sector and apply your skills to solve problems. 



Field trips are a component of each period, and field projects are integrated into Periods 2 and 3. Contact us for a list of company visits.

Period 4 (June to October or December)

During your four- to six-month mandatory internship, you will gain an inside look into the day-to-day operations and marketing of an enterprise in the food or agricultural sector anywhere in the world. Audencia students complete the internship before graduation for 30 ECTS. Internships in France are paid; this will vary from country to country, depending on local laws.

The internship highlights your ability to apply theoretical knowledge in a real-world setting, helping you build your network and strengthen future career possibilities.

Example positions held by FAM interns:

  • Market access specialist
  • Assistant project manager
  • Marketing assistant
  • Junior commercial exporter
  • Marketing and international trade assistant

Period 4 (June to November)

In addition to the internship, you will cap your programme with a final report (30 ECTS) examining an issue in the agribusiness industry – and proposing a solution.
 
We encourage you to use your internship as the basis for this report, highlighting your real-world experience and demonstrating your value to prospective employers. You’ll submit the written report in mid-October and give an oral presentation in early November (at Audencia or via Skype).

Career & alumni

The world’s massive agricultural industry needs leaders who can tackle complex issues. With the global population growing at unprecedented rates, food production will need to double by 2050 – and geopolitical matters, limited water supplies and concerns about sustainability are becoming increasingly important.
 As a FAM graduate, you’ll have two key advantages in the global agribusiness marketplace:

  • Two distinct academic qualifications (Master of Science and MBA)
  • Practical experience in two national business environments


The insights and experience you gain from leading global agribusinesses throughout the FAM will qualify you for a range of positions and industries.

Example positions include:

  • Marketing manager
  • Product manager
  • Purchaser and negotiator
  • Retail manager
  • Nutrition division manager
  • Ingredient marketing and communications
  • Market researcher
  • Sales manager
  • Demand planning and order fulfilment manager
  • Commodity consultant

Example industries include:

  • Agricultural equipment
  • Animal health
  • Fertilizer and crop protection
  • Grains and oil seeds
  • Food retail
  • Seeds
  • Beef, poultry and swine
  • Consumer packaged goods
  • Dairy products
  • Ethanol
  • Sugar and food ingredients

France & Brazil: Global agribusiness leaders

Learning and working in these two nations will have a profound effect on your career. You’ll make invaluable connections with industry professionals in both countries, which can lead to internships and careers in the field. You’ll also have access to both Audencia and ESPM’s job boards and career services, meaning you’ll benefit from both our international partnerships across the globe.

With €178 billion in annual revenue, France’s food industry is the largest in Europe. Agribusiness is the country’s largest national employment sector. 

Nantes is located at the crossroads of the two most important agricultural and agrifood regions in France – Loire-Atlantique and Brittany. This area is also home to the largest concentration of cooperatives, SMEs and multinational agribusiness companies in France.

As the world’s seventh-largest economy, second only to the US in agriculture, Brazil is expected to play a fundamental role in the future of agribusiness. During the last 35 years, Brazil has gone from being an overall importer of food to being one of its largest exporters. It has increased production by an astounding 291%.



 

Brazil is the world’s largest producer of coffee, sugar cane, sugar and oranges. Furthermore, the country is the leader in sugar, beef and poultry export; second only to the US in ethanol fuel export; and third in beef export. In fact, agribusiness now provides one-third of all jobs in the country and accounts for approximately 22% of the country’s GDP. São Paulo is a major hub for agribusiness in South America.

A multinational professional network

Because you will be studying at two premier schools of management, you will benefit from the large professional networks of two career service departments. During the programme, you will have the chance to establish connections with leading agribusiness firms in each country.

Audencia provides you with personalised career services that address your specific experiences, strengths and weaknesses, and goals. We also cultivate close ties with the business world, which benefit you in the classroom and in your future career.

  • Individual career coaching and advising
  • 15,000+ employment opportunities posted each year on our dedicated intranet
  • Employment fairs with 120+ companies
  • CV workshops
  • Interview preparation and mock interviews
  • Panel discussions with professionals and alumni
  • Assessment centre preparation
  • Personal development programme on topics including leadership skills, communication skills, ethics, intercultural management and networking
  • Auditing sector fair
  • Information resources and online tools
  • Access to 100+ career events on various topics


Audencia also has a business incubator that supports select graduates in their entrepreneurial work.

Audencia Alumni

Join the nearly 22,000 Audencia Business School alumni working in 110 countries. Audencia Alumni includes 22 professional and cultural clubs in France and 29 international chapters. Furthermore, over 2,000 of our alumni have become CEOs.

 

The alumni association will help you connect with other professionals and provide additional development and networking opportunities to support your career.

75%
employed before graduation
25%
founded own company
38%
working in France

Admissions & finance

Join us in Nantes to internationalise your future career! Here is a breakdown of everything you’ll need to make it smoothly through the application process.

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The Master of Science and MBA in Food and Agribusiness Management (FAM) has one intake per year.

Master of Science and MBA in Food and Agribusiness Management (FAM)

  • Four-year bachelor’s degree in any field
  • Proficiency in English


Note: You can apply during the last year of your bachelor’s studies.

Admissions are based on a point system tied to a set of objective criteria.

GPA (55%)

  • Converted to US system of 0-4.0

English proficiency (25%)

  • Test (up to 25% possible, depending on score)
    TOEFL: 60-120
    TOEIC: 600-990
    IELTS: 5.0-8.0
  • English-taught programme for bachelor’s degree (up to 20% possible)
  • Native speaker (25% automatically awarded)

Professional experience (5%)

  • 1-12 months (1%)
  • 13-36 months (3%)
  • 37+ months (5%)

Essay and/or interview (15%)

  • 0 – Not adequate (0%)
  • 1 – Room for improvement (5%)
  • 2 – Adequate (10%)
  • 3 – Excellent (15%)

We award bonus points for ranked and accredited schools, diversity and high GMAT or GRE scores.

Recognised school (5%)

  • Ranked (ARWU/QS/THE)
  • Accredited (AACSB/EQUIS/AMBA/ABET)

Diversity (5%)

  • Countries not represented in the class in the past two years (contact us to check your eligibility)

French (5%)

  • For B2 language levels

GMAT or GRE (5%)

  • GMAT: 500+
  • GRE: 300+

You may begin your online application at any time; you can save it and make changes before submitting. Admissions are open until the programme is full. However we strongly recommend applying by the early-application deadline of 31 January. You can apply during the last year of your bachelor’s studies.

In addition to the online application, you will be required to submit the following documents:

  • CV and cover letter in English
  • Copies of diplomas and academic transcripts
  • English test score (TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS)*
  • Copy of identity document (e.g. passport)
  • Photo (jpeg, 346x366 pixels)
  • Onsite or online essay and interview the month following pre-selection

*English test scores are not required for native speakers or applicants who have completed their undergraduate degrees in English. Contact us if you have a different English test score or are planning to take a test later in the year.

  1. Submitting your application
    Complete the online application (recommended by 31 January). Upon completion, you’ll pay the €100 application fee using any major credit card. If you cannot use a credit card, you may contact the Office of International Relations for alternatives.

    Your application will be evaluated within seven days. If you qualify, step two will also occur within seven days of your application.

  2. Admission essay and interview
    At a prearranged time, you will have 20 minutes to complete a 250- to 300-word essay (either in person or online) about one randomly selected subject. The subject requires no prior preparation or specific knowledge.

    The essay will be followed by a 10-minute exchange with the admissions team to assess your level of English and make sure that you are a good fit for the programme.

  3. Admission decision
    Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and are communicated on Friday afternoons CET (or on the working day immediately before if Friday is a holiday) to candidates who passed the essay/interview in the previous week.

    If your application is borderline and requires a further review by the programme director, then the decision is communicated on the following Friday. (During holidays, expect some delay.)

  4. Acceptance
    Congratulations! If admitted, you’re invited to officially join the programme. You’ll sign a contract and pay the first instalment of the tuition fees (€1,500).

    Please contact our admissions office with further questions.

Tuition and fees for the 2017-2018 academic year

FAM programme: €14,850

Other costs linked to school fees


Compulsory registration with the student social security system (students under 28 years of age): As an example, the total for 2016-2017 was €215. The fee must be paid at the latest on the first day of the school year, and for the subsequent years before 30 September.



Costs such as visa fees, transportation, accommodation and meals are to be paid directly by the student. Visit Student Life to learn more.



Audencia’s commitment to excellence and diversity is shown through the variety of scholarships we give out each year to students of merit from different backgrounds. We award over €500,000 in scholarships per year, giving students around the world the opportunity to study in a world-class environment.

Our aim is to open up the best business education to students who show the skill and motivation to be the leaders of tomorrow.

ScholarshipAmountDetails
Early application€1,000For candidates who submit their application before 31 January
Achievement€3,000Merit-based scholarship following admissions criteria
Diversity€3,000Nationality-based scholarship for underrepresented countries or regions
Global Leadership Award€3,000 Merit-based scholarship awarded to students of excellence from each region; meet us in a region near you
Food for Thought Scholarship  Up to 50%Project-based scholarship for innovation in food and agribusiness

*The awarding of scholarships is subject to availability of funds and final decision from the Office of International Relations. The scholarships are awarded in the form of partial tuition fee waivers to students who are admitted but who have not yet started the programme. Scholarships, waivers and awards are not cumulative. If two are awarded to the same student, only the one with the highest amount will be kept unless otherwise stated.

Scholarship or loanDetails
Eiffel scholarships
  • For non-French citizens under 30 years of age
  • Applicants must register to an Audencia programme before 15 December
  • Incompatible with any other scholarship, except early application
  • For more information please visit: www.campusfrance.org/en/eiffel 
French government scholarships
Audencia Foundation scholarships
  • Awarded to enrolled students based on criteria chosen by the foundation
 
FIDERH Banco de Mexico
loan and scholarship
  • For registered students of Mexican nationality
  • Loan granted by FIDERH, scholarship granted by Audencia to beneficiaries of the FIDERH loan
  • For more information: www.fiderh.org.mx/acercade.html or contact us
COLFUTURO scholarship-loan
  • For registered students of Colombian nationalityScholarship-loan granted by COLFUTURO under specific conditions
  • For more information: www.colfuturo.org 
French bank loans
  • Some French banks offer loans at preferential rates to Audencia students*
  • For more information, see “Offres Bancaires” on this page.
Other scholarships
  • Institutions and companies around the world offer different funding opportunities to students of merit
  • Contact us for more information

*Most loans from French banks require a guarantor who is a French resident. Audencia does not act as an intermediary in these transactions, nor does it have any responsibility in the negotiation of these agreements.