Master of Science in
Agricultural and Food Economics Laurea Magistrale in Economia e Gestione del Sistema Agro-Alimentare
2018 – 2019
Laurea Magistrale (Master of Science)
Why to apply? Key factors of the MSc in Agricultural and Food Economics are:
The school, the method, the universit y network, together with motivation and commitment of the student, help to obtain good academic results and a strong position in the job market.
The school. T he cour se is organised in the context of the SMEA Graduate School of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC). The School has more than 30 years of experience in graduate education in the f ield of agricultural and food economics and business. It is par t of the Postgraduate School’s System of UCSC, a recognition of the institute’s excellence in university education.
Laurea Magistrale (Master of Science)
is the first and only master degree in Italy certified by ASFOR (the Italian Association for Management Education Development) in the category “Master of Science in Business & Management”. This prestigious recognition, awarded in June 2012, acknowledges SMEA graduate school’s performance in shaping talents to take on the challenges of the
You w ill e x p er ience an intensive teaching activity with active in-class par ticipation, a direct interaction with the faculty members, and a constant relationships with academics, companies, and stakeholders of the agricultural and food supply chain.
The MSc in Agricultural and Food Economics
Italian and international agro-food systems.
SEEDS AND CHEMICAL COMPANIES
Food Economics at UCSC is the only Italian MSc programme in the agri-business area entirely taught in English.
BANKING, PROFESSIONAL ORGANISATIONS AND OTHER SERVICES
The uniqueness. The MSc in Agricultural and
T he MSc also promotes a study experience at a foreign university within the UCSC network. Selected student s can spend one or two semesters of the second year of the MSc at a par tner univer sit y in Europe, Aus t ralia or Nor t h America.
FOOD PROCESSING COMPANIES
The university network.
Semester ECTS Credits
~~ Principles of food protection
~~ Principles of food hygiene
First Year Courses Management basics
Technology for food health and safety
Quantitative methods ~~ Applied statistics for the agri-food system
~~ Applied econometrics for the agri-food system
Economic fundamentals of the agri-food system
Sector of employment of graduates
~~ Microeconomics for the agrifood system
~~ Economics of the agri-food system
~~ Strategic decision making
~~ Industrial organisation of the food system
Optional courses* Seminars
Agricultural and food market institutions
Agricultural and food marketing
Economics of agricultural and food markets
Business planning and control
Business strategy and leadership
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(*) Suggested optional cour ses: Agr icultural and food legislation (4 EC TS); Agricultural food and environmental policies (4 ECTS); Consumer food psychology and marketing intelligence (6 EC TS); Italian civilization and language for international students (4 ECTS).
Financial accounting and business evaluation
Second Year Courses
A strong international orientation Studying in English The whole program of the MSc in Agricultural and Food Economics is taught in English
Studying abroad In the context of the exchange programs of UCSC, and based on bilateral agreements between SMEA and the host universities, the students of the MSc in Agricultural and Food Economics have exclusive access to: Europe ~~ Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (Bonn, Germany) ~~ Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Uppsala, Sweden) ~~ Technical University of Munich (Freising, Germany) ~~ Université catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) ~~ Wageningen University (Wageningen, The Netherlands)
The Double Degree programme The Double Degree programme is an agreement between SMEA and the University of Wageningen (The Netherlands) that gives both students of the Master of Science in Agricultural and Food Economics and students of the Masters course in Management, Economics and Consumer Sciences the chance to attend the second year of their course at the par tner University. Thanks to the mutual recognition of ECTS credits and to a thesis super vised by professors from both universities, students par ticipating in the Double Degree will receive both degrees. The aim of the Double Degree is to pursue the objectives of the two courses, which are both targeted to prepare professionals for the agricultural and food sector, giving students a stronger international background. The Double Degree gives students the oppor tunity to experience a multicultural studying environment , to get used to a dif ferent teaching and learning methodology and to take par t to a larger network of job market contacts. Admission to the programme is based on merit and knowledge of English (93 TOEFL iBT Test or 6.5 IELTS). For each academic year there are a maximum of 3 places available.
~~ Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa) ~~ North Dakota State University (Fargo, North Dakota) ~~ University of California (Davis, California)*
Australia ~~ James Cook University (Townsville, Australia) ~~ RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia)
*For this destination students compete with other MSc students of the Faculty of Agricultural, food and enviromental sciences.
The number of available places is limited and students par ticipating in all the exchange programs are selected based on merit and knowledge of English. All these exchange programs are financed by specific grants.
The AFEPA programme The AFEPA Programme is of fered by a consor tium of four European par tner universities (the University of Bonn, Germany, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, Sweden, the Université Catholique de Louvain in Louvain-la-neuve, Belgium, and the SMEA - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Cremona, Italy) and three associated par tners (Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, the University of Alber ta in Edmonton, Canada, and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago). AFEPA students are selected through a centralized procedure and the admitted students spend one year each at two of the European par tner universities, with the possibility of a shor t exchange visit to an associated par tner university, obtaining a double degree by the two Universities the students attend.
Fees & Scholarships
A good knowledge of English is a must for an effective par ticipation to the course. Therefore students must cer tif y their English language level, either
The annual tuition fees var y depending on the applicant’s financial background. For fur ther information and the exact computation of the fee please refer to http://tasse.unicatt.it
~~ Having successfully completed a degree program taught in English, or ~ ~Having one of the following English certifications:
~ ~TOEFL /IBT (score at least 83);
Several types of scholarships are available for UCSC students. For all the details, please refer to http://www.unicattolica.it. Six scholarship are available for international students enrolled in the MSc of Agricultural and Food Economics. For all details, please refer to http://www.ucscinternational.it/ Moreover, thanks to an agreement between USCS and Banca Intesa, students enrolled in the Master of Science may apply for a loan of up to 5,000 euros a year with no personal guarantees proper ty.
~ ~Academic IELTS (score at least 6.0); ~ ~Cambridge English: FCE (score at least B), C AE, CPE, BEC ( Vantage or Higher), Bulat s (score at least 60); ~ ~Trinit y College London: ISE (score at least II, III, or IV ); ~ ~Anglia E xaminations England: Advanced, Prof icienc y or Master Cer tif icate.
Admission requirements To get admit ted to the program, applicant s need to hold an Italian undergraduate degree, obtained af ter a minimum of 3 years of study (180 ECTS), or an equivalent international degree. An admission commitee will assess the student’s academic and personal background and decide if the specific conditions for admission are met. For Italian students, admission procedures can be initiated at the web page: https://login.unicatt.it/registration/welcome.do?locale=it
For international students, please refer to the web page: http://www.ucscinternational.it/
Improve your English (or your Italian)
Living in Cremona
Knowing English is important, not only for an easier study of the MSc courses, but also to seize the best job opportunities that the market can of fer. Students of the MSc will be accompanied in their approach to a course entirely taught in English. In the first year of studies, in fact, SMEA suppor ts its students by organizing an English course specifically targeted to the preparation of the IELTS test. On the other hand, for international student s knowing Italian i s i m p o r t a n t t o t a ke f u l l advantage from living t wo years in Italy: a course of italian language and culture is therefore of fered to these students.
Cremona is in t he hear t of I t alian agricultural food produc tion. The city is ideal for living and studying. Cremona boast s Roman origins and a long histor y of agriculture interwoven with music, ar t and culture. This can be seen in the historic centre, organised around the central piazza and it s medieval and Renaissance monument s: the cathedral, the baptistery, the tower and the council buildings. Cremona is easy to reach, being direc t ly linked wi t h ot her ci t ies in Lombardy and the main centres of Piedmont , Emilia Romagna and Veneto.
UNIVERSITÀ CATTOLICA DEL SACRO CUORE • SMEA Via Milano, 24 26100 Cremona Tel. +39 0372 499160 Fax +39 0372 499191 e-mail: [email protected]
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SME A was founded in 1984 as par t of the UCSC Faculties of Agriculture and Economics, in Cremona. Since 2005, SMEA is par t of the Pos tgr aduate School ’s Sy s tem of UC SC , a recognition of the institute’s excellence in uni ver si t y educat ion and research . Since 1997, SMEA has been a member of Asfor, the Italian Association for Management Education D e vel o p men t , w hic h ai m s t o de vel o p a managerial culture in Italy and to of fer training in management. The mission of the School is to create economic and managerial interest in the agricultural and food sector, of fering education, research and consultanc y, and raising awareness of this subject.
Education programs include: ÎÎ Master of Science in Agricultural and Food Economics (Laurea Magistrale in Economia e Gestione del Sistema Agro-Alimentare certified by ASFOR) ÎÎ Master in Agri-food Business; ÎÎ Double Degree; ÎÎ Summer School of Agriculture and Food Economics; ÎÎ Lifelong learning.
Partners: Research &Consulting in Economics
SMEA’s education programs are also organized with the financial support of: Regione Lombardia / Comune di Cremona / Camera di Commercio Industria, Artigianato ed Agricoltura di Cremona.