MBA Food and Wine

Bologna Business School

Program Description

MBA Food and Wine

Bologna Business School

The MBA in Food and Wine is focused on the exclusive knowledge of the most successful Italian enterprises in the gastronomy and enology sector. This program will help students to develop their managerial skills, focusing on the expanding food & beverage sector. Participants will have the chance to learn directly from the experience of top-star chefs, wine producers and international managers working in food and beverage.

Italian food and wine are famous all around the world because of their high-standards and traditions. The increasing interest of the international market towards high quality product lead to an expansion of this sector. Bologna in particular is famous for its excellent tradition in this field and renown for being “the City of Food”. Here, during the last few years, many projects aimed at spreading Italian tradition worldwide have been developed.

The MBA in Food and Wine is a 12 month full-time program, taught entirely in English. It is dedicated to students who already have a working background in this field. A 500 hour internship will help students to improve their problem solving skills, giving them the opportunity to face actual situations that normally arise within the business world. During the first term, class activities will focus on general management, while starting from the second term, participants will study subjects specific to this sector. The correct balance between the number of students per professors represents a very positive aspect that facilitates the learning process.


The Master’s degree is a 12-month full-time program including 518 hours of class activities, 1300 hours of individual and group work and 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 the specific subjects of each track (please, find further information about the courses in the section ‘Courses’ below).

I Term: September 2016 – December 2016

  • “Ice-breaking” Week
  • General Management Courses: Corporate Finance, Corporate Strategy, Financial and Managerial Accounting, International Finance, Marketing Management, Cross-cultural Management, Organizational Analysis: Leading People and Organizations, Team Working.

II Term – III Term: January 2017 – May 2017

  • Management and Track Specific Courses: Production and Logistics, Food and Wine Cultures, Food and Wine Distribution and Retail, Innovation and Narration in Food and Wine, 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. This internship can be carried out at various companies and agencies in Italy or abroad. It is your chance to put into practice the theory and techniques learned during the three academic terms by working on management strategies, analyze business cases, create solutions to real problems and work on action plans. You are expected to make the most of these opportunities by learning from the professionals you will be working with.

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.

Learning Method

The main aim of our teaching staff is to first lay down a solid foundation of theory before starting to build on that by introducing more practical aspects. This will result in you confidently entering the working environments of this industry, ready to deal with the scenarios you will face.

The teaching staff will help you grasp these concepts and techniques through the use of lectures and seminars; group projects and company visits; guest speakers and case studies; videos and presentations; individual assignments and assisted private studying.

The courses are set up to give the maximum freedom to learn to the students and allow the professors to teach and assess the students in the best way possible. Assessments can take the form of individual/group presentations, projects, oral and written exams as well as, of course, class participation.


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.

Scholarship/Financial Aid

Bologna Business School offers 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.

Thanks to the agreement between Bologna Business School and Intesa Sanpaolo, participants are eligible to apply for “PerTe Prestito Con Lode”, a long-term and low-interest honor loan.

Main characteristics:

  • Loan amount equal to the enrollment fee
  • Reduced interest rate
  • No collateral required
  • Repayable in 10 years
  • Without early closing fees
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 30, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
12 months
Full time
27,000 EUR
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There are two rounds of application deadline. Further details available in the program description.
Start date Sept. 2017
Italy Bologna
Application deadline Request Info
There are two rounds of application deadline. Further details available in the program description.
End date Request Info
Duration 12 months
Price 27,000 EUR
Scholarships and Financial Aid available