Santa Clara University

Food & Agribusiness Institute

Food and Agribusiness Concentration

  • coursesMBA Courses


    Completion of this specialization, along with the required completion of another concentration, will prepare students to work in the global food and agribusiness industry and supporting industries. Note: completion of one of the concentrations listed below is required in addition to the coursework in this specialization.

    Required Courses:

    MGMT 3540 – Food Industry Management

    Focuses on the key issues and management decisions necessary to effectively lead food and agribusiness firms in the competitive, global food system. Includes topics on the principal regulations and regulatory bodies governing the food industry, food safety and crisis management, ethical issues in food production and distribution, and resource and environment issues. Prerequisite: MGMT 505 or MGMT 2505 or MGMT 3505. (3 units)

    IDIS 3622 - Global Agribusiness Challenges

    The focus of this course is on encouraging students to develop a sound understanding of key supply, demand and technological innovation drivers which food and agribusiness managers must address and the distinctive strategies which they use to deal with them. This course is intended to complement MGMT 3540, so that the two courses cover the core requirement for the MBA agribusiness concentration.Prerequisites: None. (3 units)

    IDIS 3696 - Marketing Food Products

    IDIS 696 focuses on Californias high-margin agribusinesses. The course covers several sub-sectors, including fresh produce, the wine industry, tomato canning, retail grocery and the restaurant business. There is an emphasis on discussion of business case studies, with around eight case analyses prepared by students and presented to the class. Several students who demonstrated their presentation capabilities during the case presentations last year were subsequently chosen to represent the Leavey Business School in the business case competition at the annual conference of the International Food & Agribusiness Management Association which is to be held next year in South Africa.

  • oceanmistEnrichment Programs

    Students are encouraged to enhance their coursework with the enrichment programs offered by the Food & Agribusiness Institute (FAI).

    Through the Internship Program, students have the opportunity to apply their classroom education in a professional work environment.

    The FAI's Mentor Program connects students with professionals working in the students’ areas of interest.

    The Field Trips offered through the Institute expose students to the rich diversity of the food industry through domestic and international field experiences. Past trips have included visits to wineries, breweries, and food production facilities.

    In addition to enrichment programs, students are encouraged to participate in educational and social events offered throughout the year.

  • financialFinancial Aid

    Students who pursue a Specialization in Food and Agribusiness may be eligible to receive financial aid from the Food and Agribusiness Institute. To learn more about financial assistance, click on the Financial Aid tab or click here.

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