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MSc & MBA in Food & Agribusiness Management

DOUBLE DEGREE IN A GROWING & DYNAMIC INDUSTRY

For future managers who are passionate about food and agriculture, this programme delivers top academic and practical business knowledge to better manage the world’s food challenges in a responsible and innovative way.

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 FAM programme, you’ll learn to excel in all aspects of food and agribusiness management, explore the latest design trends in the field, incorporate design thinking and techniques into your work and share best practices from all over the world. You’ll also earn degrees from two of the top schools in France and Brazil:

  • Master of Science from Audencia Business School in Nantes, France
  • MBA from FECAP Business School in São Paulo, Brazil

The FAM programme is accredited by the French accrediting body "Conférence des grandes écoles".  Due to the limited number of places available in this competitive programme, we advise applying as soon as possible.

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Key information

DEGREE EARNED

Master of Science from Audencia Business School in France

MBA from FECAP Business School in Brazil

LANGUAGEEnglish
ELIGIBILITY
  • Proficiency in English
  • MSc programme: 4-year bachelor’s degree in business, engineering or science OR exceptionally a 4-year degree in another field with with business experience or academic honours; Extended MSc strongly recommended for those without a degree in business
  • Extended MSc programme: 3-year or 4-year degree in any field
PROGRAMME STARTExtended MSc: 5 July 2021
MSc: 18 October 2021
DURATIONMSc: 9 months of classes + 4-6 months professional experience
Extended MSc: 12 months of classes + 4-6 months professional experience
FORMAT*
  • MSc: online or in-person term 1 (France); online or in-person term 2 (France & Brazil)In-person in Nantes, France, or online – your choice
  • Extended MSc: online July to Aug. 2021; on campus or online mid-Aug. to Dec. (France); in-person term 2 (France & Brazil)
* Some courses may only be available in one format (online or in-person)
TUITIONMSc: €16,000
Extended MSc: €20,000

Programme

Prepare to help the global food and agribusiness sectors reinvent themselves! You’ll gain the tools you need to design innovative solutions for the challenges these enterprises face, manage all aspects of agribusiness operations and market food products effectively. Your programme includes:

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

Your cross-disciplinary combines study in management and agrifood science, bringing together high-achieving students from diverse academic backgrounds – from agronomic engineering to social sciences. You’ll also acquire beginners Portuguese in preparation for your stay in Brazil!

If you’re a highly qualified student with a four-year degree in business, engineering or the sciences, this MSc programme lets you run at full throttle to complete a Master of Science and MBA in Food and Agribusiness Management. If you have a three-year degree, the Extended programme is for you.

Period 1 (October to December)

You’ll gain a solid understanding of the foundational principles of food and agribusiness management, taking 30 ECTS at Audencia in Nantes, France, and participating in field trips across France. Courses may include:

  • Entrepreneurship, Business Plan & Statistics
  • Managing across Cultures
  • Managerial Finance 
  • International Strategy
  • Global Marketing
  • CSR & Ethics
  • Financial Accounting or Managerial Coaching (your choice) 
  • Food Innovation & Design Thinking
  • Digital Communication
  • Research Methods in Business

Period 2 (January to March)

Now it’s time to dig deeper into the field, taking another 15 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. Courses may include:

  • Food Value Chain & Performance
  • Operations in the Food Sector (including trading & B2B marketing)
  • Supply Chain in Agriculture
  • B2C Food Marketing
  • Agribusiness, Strategy, Leadership & the Tropics

Period 2 continued (mid-March to mid-May)

At this point, you’ll move your studies to São Paulo, Brazil, taking a further 15 ECTS to build your expertise. You’ll participate in field trips and a field project in Brazil. Example courses include:

  • Administration & Finance Risk Management from a Brazilian Perspective
  • Public Strategies & International Policies from a Brazilian Perspective 
  • Sustainable & Disruptive Innovation from a Brazilian Perspective
  • Value Chain Management & Marketing from a Brazilian Perspective 
  • Anthropology of Food, Innovations & Crisis in the Food Sector 

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.

In France, visits may include TerrenaD’aucy, OrviaEurofinsMIN (Marché Intérêt National Nantes)Diana Pet FoodOlmixSIA (Paris international agricultural show)SIAL (international food exhibition), and Valorex.

In Brazil, visits may include Cacau Show, Agrishow, PariPassu, the Port of Santos, Nestlé Nespresso, the Accenture Innovation Center, Canal Rural and more (subject to availability). 

Field trips and field projects are a component of each period.

Period 3 (July to December)

(Minimum 4 months, maximum 6 months)

During your final semester, you will complete an individual internship, a collective consulting mission for a company, or a research project. This is an opportunity for you to gain an inside look into the day-to-day workings of an enterprise in the food or agricultural sector anywhere in the world. Our career services consultants, strong corporate network, and successful Alumni network will support you in making your professional objectives a reality.

Internship or Company Mission

You’ll secure your work experience anywhere in the world with the assistance of our career advisors. This professional mission will be guided by a faculty member, so you’ll gain both a hands-on practical understanding and an academic one – something that looks good on any resume. Build your network and strengthen future career possibilities.

Example positions held by FAM interns: Market access specialist, Assistant project manager, Finance assistant, Purchasing assistant, Marketing and international trade assistant, International sales account manager, Junior business developer

Internships in France are paid; this will vary from country to country, depending on local laws.

Research Project

Instead, you may choose to work on a research project with a faculty member, delving into research questions applied to concrete company problems.

Period 3 (June to December)

In addition to your internship, company mission or research project, you will cap your programme with a professional dissertation (30 ECTS) examining an issue in the agribusiness industry – and proposing a solution.

We encourage you to use your previous work or research experience as the basis for this dissertation, highlighting your real-world experience and demonstrating your value to prospective employers. You’ll submit the written report and give an oral defence in December, either in-person in Nantes or from any place in the world via online communication tools.

Optional language courses

While your programme is 100% English-taught, you have the option of adding French and Portuguese to your steadily increasing list of qualifications.

Portuguese for Beginners: A total duration of 24 hours of Portuguese as a Foreign Language is included in your programme and counts for 3 ECTS credits.

French Language: You will have the opportunity to take optional French language courses in September 2021 before the programme begins. Audencia offers a four-week French language course with 20 hours of lessons a week for an additional cost of €600.

You may also learn independently at any time using your exclusive online access to Assimil, a proven intuitive language learning method, provided at no additional cost.

Additionally, you can choose to attend French as a Foreign Language (FLE) evening classes at the University of Nantes’ language department, which is situated just across the road from our main campus. There are a wide range of levels available. Contact the University of Nantes directly to register. Register early to secure your place.

 

If you have a four-year bachelor’s degree, you can skip this stage and dive directly into the MSc programme. Note that the Extended MSc is still strongly recommended for anyone without a degree in business.

If you have a three-year bachelor’s degree in any field, you will need to successfully complete an additional 30 ECTS from July to October as part of the Extended MSc before starting the core MSc programme courses mid-October.

During this additional 30 ECTS period, you will follow one of two tracks:

For those with a three-year bachelor’s degree in the field of business, the Extended MSc will allow you to deepen your business knowledge, improve your soft skills, learn how to work in multicultural teams and acquire knowledge on the latest business innovations.

Information technology:

You’ll start online (5 July-10 August) with a look at innovation in business through your choice of three courses in information technology.

Starting 18 August, you will join us on campus to study in-person, or continue your classes online.

Mandatory business courses:

  • Business Simulation
  • Creativity, Design Thinking and Innovation
  • Contemporary Economics
  • Working in Multicultural Teams
  • Business English or French as a Foreign Language

Electives:

Then, you can choose two electives to advance your knowledge:

  • International Business Law
  • EU Commercial Relations
  • Management of International Trade Operations
  • Geopolitics in Trade

Once you’ve completed the 30 ECTS from July to October, you're ready to start the MSc courses.

For those with a three-year or four-year bachelor’s degree in a non-business field, the Extended MSc is the opportunity to gain a solid understanding of the foundational principles of management, improve your soft skills, learn how to work in multicultural teams and acquire knowledge on the latest business innovations.

Information technology & fundamentals in management:

You’ll start online (5 July-10 August) with a look at innovation in business through your choice of two courses in information technology or fundamentals in management.

Core courses:

Starting 18 August, you may join us on campus or continue your studies online to study seven core business courses to acquire a solid foundation for your future MSc programme. You will explore each subject in depth and test your knowledge through extensive business simulations.  

  • Business Simulation
  • Working in Multicultural Teams
  • Creativity, Design Thinking and Innovation
  • Contemporary Economics
  • Principles of Accounting
  • Principles of Finance
  • Business English or French as a Foreign Language

Once you’ve completed the 30 ECTS from July to October, you're ready to start the MSc courses.

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.

Founded in 1902, FECAP is renowned for excellence in business management education. Notably, the 2014 edition of the General Course Index (IGC) ranked FECAP among the top 1% of private institutions and among the top 2% of public and private institutions in Brazil. FECAP was also awarded best university centre in Brazil by the Editora Abril's Student Guide.

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The FAM programme works closely with the Brazilian Agribusiness Association (ABAG), the main industry association for this sector, to develop state-of-the-art research and education. You will also be taught by leading professors in Brazil within the Biomarketing Educational Network

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

Career and 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:

  • A double degree (Master of Science and MBA)
  • Practical experience in two national business environments

Note: All statistics on this page are based on the number of replies to the question. They relate to all classes to date unless otherwise stipulated.

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.

With €178 billion in annual revenue, France’s food industry is the largest in EuropeAgribusiness 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 cooperativesSMEs and multinational agribusiness companies in France.

As the world’s seventh-largest economy, Brazil is expected to play a fundamental role in the future of agribusiness. During the last four decades, the country has gone from being an overall importer of food to being one of the 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 and poultry exportsecond 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
  • 90,000+ 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 more than 27,000 Audencia Business School alumni working across the globe. Audencia Alumni includes 200+ communities in cities such as London, New York and Shanghai. 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.

15
Nationalities (class of 2018)
59%
OF GRADUATES WORK INTERNATIONALLY
21%
OF GRADUATES WORK AS CONSULTANTS

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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MSc programme:

  • Proficiency in English
  • 4-year bachelor’s degree in business, engineering or science, or exceptionally, a 4-year degree in another field with business experience or academic honours

The Extended MSc is strongly recommended for applicants without a degree in business.

Extended MSc programme:

  • Proficiency in English   
  • 3-year or 4-year degree in any field

Note that 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 (40%)

  • Test (up to 40% possible, depending on score)
    TOEFL: 60-120
    TOEIC: 600-990
    IELTS: 5.0-9.0
    DUOLINGO: 80-160
  • English-taught programme for bachelor’s degree (up to 20% possible)
  • Native speaker (40% automatically awarded)

Professional experience (5%)

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

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, DUOLINGO)*
  • Copy of identity document (e.g. passport)
  • Photo (jpeg, 346x366 pixels)

*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 Department of International Affairs 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 interview
    At a prearranged time, you will have a 15-20 minute exchange with an admissions counsellor 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. You should have a decision immediately following your interview. If your application is borderline and requires further review by the programme director, you will have an admission decision within 18 days of your interview. Please do expect some delay during holidays.

  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 (non-refundable).

 

Please contact our admissions officeinternational@audencia.com with further questions.

MSc & MBA in Food and Agribusiness Management

€16,000

Extended MSc & MBA in Food and Agribusiness Management

€20,000

Other costs linked to school fees

  • Application fee: €100
  • Costs such as visa fees, CVEC, supplementary health insurance, transportation, accommodation and meals are to be paid directly by the student. Visit Student Life to learn more.

We award €500,000+ in scholarships per year, giving high-performing students around the world the chance to study in a world-class environment. In light of the global crisis, Audencia is investing unprecedented funds in scholarships to help you to pursue your goals. This is a reflection of our commitment to global responsibility – and our belief in you as the next generation of leaders.

ScholarshipAmountDetails
Early Application: Solidarity€1,500Applications before 31 Jan
€1,000Applications before 28 Feb
€500Applications before 31 Mar
Food & Agribusiness Management50%Project-based scholarship for innovation in food and agribusiness; learn more
Diversity€4,000For underrepresented nationalities
Excellence€5,000Merit-based scholarship, selection based on academic excellence, test scores and other criteria

* The awarding of scholarships is subject to availability of funds and final decision from the Audencia scholarship committee. The scholarships are awarded in the form of partial tuition fee waivers to students who are admitted but who have not yet started the programmes. 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.

In addition to an Audencia scholarship, you may be eligible for funding by other public or private bodies. You will find some examples here.