If you’re looking to channel your epicurean inclinations into a full-fledged career, don’t miss this list of the best MBA programs for foodies. Earlier this week, BusinessBecause had some fun exploring which b-schools offer programs for those interested in careers in the food and beverage industry.
In today’s competitive job market, having an MBA specialization in this niche industry looks impressive on your resume. In addition, if you can seek out supporting internship or extracurricular activities, you’ll definitely stand out from the crowd.
This type of specialized MBA can open doors to a variety of positions in the world of food and wine. You’ll explore marketing, financial, business, and management tools that will prepare you for leadership roles in this global, ever-evolving industry.
So, have we whet your appetite yet? Take a look at these b-schools highlighted in BusinessBecause, which we’ve grouped by region. Each one is known for having a particular strength or emphasis.
Best MBA Programs for Foodies in Europe
SDA Bocconi…because, Italy. Their Master of Management in Food and Beverage prepares students for careers in food and beverage production, including manufacturing, retail, and hotel management.
Royal Agriculture University. Based in the UK, this was the first agricultural college in the English-speaking world. Their MBA in International Food and Agribusiness prepares students for senior positions in food corporations across the world. Consequently, previous graduates have gone on to work with Moet Hennessy and the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Office.
TIAS School for Business and Society. Their EMBA in Food and Agribusiness is a joint degree with another leading research university in the Netherlands, Wageningen. In fact, the Netherlands is one of the best places in the world to kickstart your career in the food industry. BusinessBecause notes that the country is second only to the US as the largest exporter of agricultural products in the world.
Best MBA Programs for Foodies in North America
Harvard Business School. The top-ranked business school offers a specialization in Food and Agribusiness. Accordingly, it takes a broader look at the sector, touching on technological advances, public policy, and risk management.
IU Kelley School of Business. Kelley offers a joint MBA/Master of Science in agricultural economics alongside Purdue University’s College of Agriculture. Purdue ranks in the top 10 universities worldwide by QS for Agriculture and Forestry this year. Furthermore, the Kelley MBA also performs well across the rankings. BusinessBecause says you’ll get two world-class degrees instead of just one.
Chicago Booth School of Business. At Booth, MBA students can join the FEAD (Food, Environment, Agribusiness, Development) society. FEAD has more than 1,000 current Booth students and alumni members interested in careers in food and agriculture. This powerhouse of a group routinely put students in touch with large-scale food and agriculture companies.
Sonoma State University. Located in the heart of California wine country, Sonoma’s MBA in Wine Business gives students the knowledge to succeed in the industry. MBA program candidates at Sonoma get all the standard business classes, including managerial finance and human resource management. In addition, they also study in-depth electives exclusive to the wine industry, such as international strategies and wine marketing.
University of Alberta. Here, a MBA/Masters in Agriculture joint degree combines studies in management and the food industry. “The department is focused on solving current global problems including effective ways of growing food, sustainable forestry, and investigating nutrition and health,” BusinessBecause explains.
University of Guelph. This well-ranked Canadian university’s College of Business and Economics has a dedicated MBA in Food and Agribusiness. For this reason, it’s known for attracting students from a range of industries including finance, consulting, and tourism.
Best MBA Program for Foodies in Africa
Sokoine University of Agriculture. Located in Morogoro, Tanzania, their MBA in Agribusiness prepares students for careers in food production, agriculture, or farming. BusinessBecause suggests that Tanzania offers a wealth of opportunities for careers in agriculture at the moment. Most noteworthy, the Tanzanian government aims to move from a low to middle-economy by 2025.
Hungry for more details? Learn more about why BusinessBecause chose these schools as the best MBA programs for foodies here. Finally, take a look at our post Ask the AdCom: What’s Your Favorite Restaurant Near Campus? It has great dining recommendations for foodies near several top business schools.