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:
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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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).
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:
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:
Example industries include:
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.
Audencia also has a business incubator that supports select graduates in their entrepreneurial work.
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.
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.
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)
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.
English proficiency (25%)
Professional experience (5%)
Essay and/or interview (15%)
We award bonus points for ranked and accredited schools, diversity and high GMAT or GRE scores.
Recognised school (5%)
GMAT or GRE (5%)
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:
*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.
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.
|Early application||€1,000||For candidates who submit their application before 31 January|
|Achievement||€3,000||Merit-based scholarship following admissions criteria|
|Diversity||€3,000||Nationality-based scholarship for underrepresented countries or regions|
|Global Leadership Award||€3,000||Merit-based scholarship awarded to selected international fair participants; contact us to learn about where and how to attend|
|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 loan||Details|
|French government scholarships|
|Audencia Foundation scholarships|
|FIDERH Banco de Mexico|
loan and scholarship
|French bank loans|
*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.
Luiz Carlos Corrêa Carvalho
President of the Brazilian Agribusiness Association (ABAG)
"The new Master of Science and MBA in Food and Agribusiness Management, offered jointly by ESPM in Brazil and Audencia Nantes in France, is a very important initiative. For us in Brazil, where agribusiness represents a major part of our economy, we have a growing need for professionals who are prepared for the future of the industry. This is also a great opportunity for students from Europe and around the world to be educated in this field in both Brazil and France."
President of the Brazilian Association of Rural Marketing and Agribusiness (ABMR&A)
"Brazil and France are icons in global agribusiness – with Brazil being one of the world’s largest producers of grain and animal protein, and France famous for championing its own cuisine like few other nations, adding value to rural products and establishing their brands.
An MBA and Master of Science in Agribusiness from two of these countries’ most renowned business schools will help train professionals who will undoubtedly go on to fill the highest ranks of large companies."
Former Brazilian Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply
"Agribusiness has increasingly begun to demand knowledge not only of production, technology, infrastructure and distribution, but also of human perception. For small-scale farmers, cooperatives, family-based agriculture and even large-scale production to be successful, knowledge of the marketing perspective is key.
The partnership between Audencia Nantes and ESPM is an excellent initiative towards producing professionals and executives with a global vision of agribusiness."
Regional Director of the Crédit Agricole and member of Audencia Nantes Board of Trustees
"Audencia’s program with ESPM in Brazil is remarkable because it enables these two major countries in the world of agribusiness to come together to share in the development of young people who will someday be key players in the global food trade. Agribusiness is a critical sector for the economic future of France, and thus it is essential to train students in the trade on an international scale."
MS and MSc Programmes Director, Audencia Business School
"As the world’s population continues to grow, as new technologies enable farms to increase productivity and deliver food and fuel around the globe, and as consumers are empowered with more options, information and purchasing channels than ever before, the world of agribusiness is shifting – and it’s growing.
With international industry experience and a comprehensive view of the field gleaned from professionals and research faculty from France and Brazil – two of the most influential countries in agribusiness and agrienergy – programme graduates can look forward to wide variety of exciting careers in a dynamic and evolving field."