Skip to main content

Required Courses

MBA Students Required Courses

The Food and Agribusiness Institute offers a number of programs that prepare students for careers in the food and agribusiness industry. Our premier program is called Food & Agribusiness MBA Specialization as part of the MBA degree in the Leavey School of Business.

Since 1973, the Institute has awarded over 600 of these specialized degrees. Our alumni work in all aspects of the food industry in California and worldwide. For a sampling of the firms employing our alumni, visit our links to alumni firms. To find out how to apply to the MBA program click on the Admissions tab. 


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)

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 3801 focuses on analysis of the strategic options facing innovating, high-margin food and agribusinesses worldwide. Emphasis is on discussion of business strategy cases featuring fresh produce, wine industry, food processing, retail grocery and restaurant companies. Teams work together to prepare case analyses for presentation to the class. Presentations are videotaped. Students receive feedback and are coached on how to enhance their performance.