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MBA Food and Wine

Course Description


The Food and Wine industries need new, smart, outstanding managers to leverage on all the opportunities in the global market. Italy has developed a specific knowledge in this field, drawing upon its rich tradition and successful practices, thanks also to the top quality of its local products.

The Food and Wine concentration is focused on the exclusive knowledge of the most successful Italian enterprises in the gastronomy and enology sector.The University of Bologna has a long tradition in training talented mangers to lead food and wine companies.

The MBA Food and Wine is an intensive 12-month international program taught entirely in English. Participants will be able to import the "Cucina Italiana" brand all over the world, running HO.RE.CA., managing food processing companies, trading Italian food worldwide.

The curriculum of the MBA Food and Wine is divided in two main parts: General Management (core courses) and a Food and Wine concentration, designed to provide an opportunity for specialization and in-depth focus on the gastronomy and enology sector.

Other program features are: internships, career development activities, and a business English course. Intensive Italian classes are offered free of charge to international participants who wish to improve their language skills during their stay in Italy. Italian classes are scheduled in September 2016, prior to the beginning of the MBA courses.


Creating employability is one of the primary goals of the MBA Food and Wine program. Therefore, interaction between theory and practice is an essential part of the curriculum: master lectures, testimonials, analysis of business cases, and incompany visits will take place throughout the year and will go side by side the core academic courses.

The program also includes a 500-hour internship scheduled in the last period of the program. Internships will take place at some of the leading companies of the gastronomy and enology sector. The internship represents an opportunity for MBA participants to analyze real company problems, develop strategies, and elaborate action plans together with upper level managers.

BBS's partners have been involved in our academic activities over the years in many different ways: participating in project works, master lectures, and testimonials, offering scholarships, hosting our student internships, or employing our alumni.


The admissions process is divided into two rounds of application:
Round I: April 20, 2016
Round II: June 20, 2016 (June 30, 2016 for EU graduates)

Admission to the program is subject to the positive assessment of the candidates' individual interview and qualifications (e.g. curriculum vitae, GMAT/GRE, reference letters, etc.).
The Admission Board, made up of Bologna Business School faculty members, reviews the applications on a rolling basis. Candidates will be contacted by an admissions team member as soon as their application has reached Bologna Business School.

Requirements for the 2016-2017 intake are:

• Undergraduate degree (or higher)
• Two+ years of qualified work experience
• English proficiency
Test of English as a Foreign Language is required of all candidates whose native language is not English.


The Master’s degree is a 12-month full-time program that includes a 500-hour internship.
The academic part is divided into three terms. During the first term you will study the fundamentals of general management, while the second and third term will deal with on the specific subjects of each track.

• General Management Courses: Corporate Finance, Corporate Strategy, Financial and Managerial Accounting, International Finance, Marketing Management, Cross-cultural Management, Organizational Analysis: Leading People and Organizations.

• Management and Track Specific Courses: Production and Logistics, Innovation and Narration in Food and Wine, Food and Wine Cultures, Food and Wine Distribution and Retail, Management and Creativity in the Restaurant Industry, Business Development Laboratory, International Business Law, Management Consulting, Business Planning.

The three terms are followed by an internship period of 500 working hours. At the end of the internship you will be required to hand in a ‘Final Report’, which you will present to the Director of Studies showcasing your activities and analyzing the theories and lessons learned during the academic part.

Students who are interested can also choose to take an extracurricular course of Italian.


The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are 27,000 euros to be paid in three installments.
The fees include all academic materials via the online learning platform, all the facilities of Bologna Business School including use of the computers and secure personal Wi-Fi accounts, access to the study areas and gym, as well as a student discount in the School’s cafeteria. Free parking is also available within the School’s grounds.

In addition, with your University of Bologna Student Card you will have access to all university facilities with more than 100 libraries (including online subscriptions and databases), the 3 city center canteens and all university student related discount offers.


At Bologna Business School we understand the importance of financial aid in supporting our students in achieving their educational goals. We are aware that an advanced, high quality training path can be a significant commitment but we also truly believe that investing in one’s future always pays back.

Bologna Business School offers both full and partial scholarships for participants of the MBA. Scholarships range from 10,000 euro to 27,000 euro. All applicants are eligible to apply regardless of their nationality. Scholarships are merit-based (both academic as well as professional merit) and cover tuition costs only.

Bologna Business School is currently finalizing agreements that will allow participants to access loans at reduced rates in order to cover tuition fees.

Entry Requirements

Students wishing to study the MBA Food and Wine degree must meet the following criteria: * Undergraduate degree; * 2+ years of qualified work experience; * English proficiency.

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