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Master of Management in Food & Beverage

Course Description

The strongest commitment of the Master of Management in Food & Beverage is to combine a significant foundation and methodology of management with business skills and a deeper knowledge in relation to the Food & Beverage industries as well as food service and hospitality business.
The specialized experience of Faculty, partners and guest-speakers from the Food & Beverage business community, together with the Italian culture and tradition make this objective uniquely achievable.
In today's Food & Beverage industries, it is increasingly important to have a strong managerial approach and a well-developed entrepreneurial sensitivity to fulfill crucial positions, such as Brand & Product Manager, Export/ Import Manager, Supply Chain Manager, Communications Manager, Area Manager and Marketing Manager Product and Business Developer, just to name a few.
The MFB Faculty will exploit the techniques and methods of SDA Bocconi guiding you through a path of personal and professional development. They will communicate the uncompromising culture of Italian excellence and the value associated with this, combined with a business and managerial approach in order to examine in detail the industry’s leading companies.

The Master of Management in Food & Beverage benefits from the participation of executives and top managers from more than 50 companies in F&B production and distribution, as well as food service and hospitality business, both from large multinational (such as: Barilla, Campari, Ferrero, Nestlé, McDonald's, Kraft, Lactalis, Mars, Danone, The Coca-Cola Company, Diageo, Parmalat, PepsiCo, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Starwood Hotels, Accor Group, Four Seasons, Autogrill) and top fine companies (Illy caffè, Venchi, Antinori, Marchesi de' Frescobaldi, Eataly, Grom, etc).
In addition the program benefits from the collaboration of Industry leaders recognized worldwide, such as The University of Gastronomic Science, ALMA - The International School of Italian Cuisine, Altagamma, oriGIn - Organization for an International Geographical Indications Network, Consorzio del Prosciutto San Daniele, Consorzio del Parmigiano Reggiano, Università del Caffè, A.I.S. - Italian Association of Sommeliers and A.S.P.I. - Italian Association of Professional Sommellerie.
They enrich the Master of Management in Food & Beverage with inspiring and unique experiences about excellent products, culture, know-how and heritage.


Application deadline: 30 November 2012
Begins: 23 January 2013
Ends: December, 2013
Graduation Ceremony: December, 2013


The program of the Master of Management in Food & Beverage is composed of core modules and specialized modules.

Pre-courses (8th - 22nd January 2013)

These courses are recommended for those who do not have a strong academic foundation in economics and management. They are designed to allow all participants to begin the program at the required common level of understanding of basic methods & concepts that will be applied.

You can choose to take these courses via our Online Tutorial system, at your own pace to be completed prior to commencement of the Master, or in the Classroom, with our faculty at the SDA Bocconi Campus in Milan.

Firm & Environment
Quantitative Methods

If you want to reinforce your fundamentals of management and accounting before starting the program, you can also take advantage of the online-tutorials.

Courses (23rd January – 27th September 2013)

Core Courses 1st part

Warm-up Module
Business Modeling
Industries Week
Cost & Performance Management
Planning & Control
Supply Chain Management
Brand Management & Communication

Core Courses 2nd part

Retail & Sales Management
International Development
Innovation Management
Excellence in Service Management

Internships/Field Projects (30th September - 13th December 2013)

Graduation Week (16th - 19th December 2013)



Candidates are carefully selected on the basis of an extensive review of
Talents & Characteristics
Formal pre-requisites:
Degree in any discipline
At least 1 year of real work experience
GMAT is not mandatory, but it is considered a distinctive characteristic
Individual characteristics as well as personal interests are fundamental to give us an idea of who you are as a person: involvement, enthusiasm, flexibility, motivation and focus are all factors in selecting a candidate





The total fee is € 27,000, to be paid in four Installments:

1st Installment € 7,000 on acceptance of your admission

2nd Installment € 7,000 within and no later than 28th February 2013

3rd Installment € 6,500 within and no later than 26th April 2013

4th Installment € 6,500 within and no later than 28th June 2013

Tuition fees include teaching materials; access to the school's database; travel & accommodations for company visits; courses in wine, coffee, olive oil and water tastings; Italian language course; attendance to food & wine trade exhibitions.



Tuition Waivers

SDA Bocconi School of Management, in collaboration with Ab-InBev, is making available six MERIT BASED half tuition waivers (€ 13,500) – one for each Area - to 2013 MFB candidates coming from the following Areas.

Area 1 - Europe
Area 2 - North America
Area 3 - South America
Area 4 - China, Hong Kong
Area 5 - Asia
Area 6 - Africa

Application to tuition waivers and Requirements
Being merit based tuition waivers the candidates can apply by filling in the format to be sent it to the MFB office by 18th July 2012.
The tuition waivers will be granted after an evaluation process by a Faculty Committee and if the applicants fulfil all requirements requested.

The School assists candidates with their funds search by providing the documentation required for financial support applications.
In particular, Bocconi provides opportunities for low-interest loans available to candidates in accordance to agreements with various partner banks.


Entry Requirements

Degree in any disciplineAt least 1 year of real work experience TOEFL or IELTS test results; GMAT is not mandatory, but it is considered a distinctive characteristic

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