Executive MBA in Food & Agribusiness

Executive MBA In Food En Agribusiness
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Start- and course dates
November 8, 2023
Tilburg Campus, Tilburg / Wageningen
24 months
€ 51475 (exempt from VAT, start 02/16/2023) / € 53600 (exempt from VAT, start 11/08/2023)
Study load
12-18 hours per week
Full time/part time

At Wageningen University & Research (WUR) we noticed that our alumni have a passion for the F&A business, and growing in their career, their need for management skills also grows. To fullfil this need TIAS and WUR joined forces to offer an EMBA that applies general management knowledge to the specific context of F&A. Besides the Executive MBA in Food & Agribusiness we offer a broad selection of other business administration programs.

What do we offer?

  • Career shaping, grow beyond your current specialist role into a managerial function and preparing you to be the ‘future leader in Food & Agribusiness”
  • A flexible monthly learning format developed especially to suit your lifestyle and working commitments
  • Learn and work, benefit personally and professionally by practically applying what you learn within your organization
  • Significantly advance your career prospects with our tailored Personal Leadership Program (PLP)
  • Discover the bigger picture, business influence and the societal impact of responsible leadership

Organizational environments and also the world are changing at a rapid pace. More and more we are looking towards capable leaders, whose judgment is sound and who provide out of the ordinary insights. Exceptional decisions are made by taking the interests of multiple stakeholders across multiple scenarios into consideration. Aligning your career ambitions with this broader awareness is the next step in becoming a rounded, responsible business leader whow knows how to apply his/her knowledge to the specific Food & Agribusiness.

Our Executive MBA in Food & Agribusiness places a deep emphasis on enhancing your career. This 2-year degree program is designed to suit your needs when balancing work and study. Targeting key areas, it encompasses academic, personal and societal development. An all-round approach, aimed at making you an accomplished leader both professionally and socially.

Admission requirements

Successful enrollment in our Executive MBA in Food & Agribusiness is subject to a number of admission requirements. This is to maintain admissions quality. That way you can benefit from a high potential, motivated group of talented individuals to further enhance your learning experience.

  • a relevant PhD or master’s degree
  • if you do not hold a PhD or master’s degree, you must take either the TIAS Capacity Test or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). 
  • based on the assessment of your academic English language skills, you may also be required to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test or the Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  • a minimum of 5 years work experience of which at least 3 years in a management position.

Upon receipt of your application our Program Adviser will contact you to arrange an interview.

Why TIAS School for Business & Society and Wageningen?

Choose a unique program at the global top level:

  • Wageningen University & Research is the best agriculture university in the world for the second year in a row (National Taiwan Ranking)
  • Financial Times: TIAS is a top-ranked business school for executive and in-company education
  • All lecturers are top experts from academia and the business world
  • AACSB (United States) and AMBA (Great Britain) accredited
  • Directly applicable scientific and practical knowledge
  • Flexible programs tailored to your needs

In their own words: our participants on the Executive MBA in Food & Agribusiness

Bas van Vugt TIAS''I wanted to broaden my perspectives on business and deepen my knowledge of Food & Agri, I started looking for the right program. The Executive MBA (EMBA) at TIAS, in combination with the Food & Agri track at Wageningen University & Research (WUR), was the perfect match for me.”

Bas van Vugt
Executive Director at Rabo Investments

Content Executive MBA in Food & Agribusiness

Consciously aware business leaders, who confidently bring about positive change are a sign of the times. There is no small degree of trust involved. In your managerial ambitions to further succeed professionally, you are obliged to look outward and understand that an organization, whether public or private, is part of a wider world. The program includes two international modules.

Our Executive MBA  in Food & Agribusiness is an all-round leadership program. You will develop your professional competencies and strengthen your personal capabilities as well. The program has been put together so as to suit your working requirements. Benefit further with our Personal Leadership Program (PLP) too. The PLP runs alongside our 15-module degree program and is pivotal in achieving your career aims.

We offer the program in a flexible way. You always start by following block 1. Afterwards you can take block 2 and 3 when it suits you, on the condition that you complete the program within 7 years.

When balancing a career and study with the aim to maximize your potential, our EMBA is a solid stepping stone to greater success.

Program Aims

The depth and scope of the program allows you to:

  • understand and effectively manage functional areas of business
  • gain perspective on the dynamics between organizations and stakeholders
  • develop personal abilities to lead others and drive organizational change
  • benefit from the latest business research and strategic insights
  • get further societal understanding for balanced judgments and superior decisions in a world that is constantly changing at a rapid pace
  • learn to apply what you have learned  to the specific Food & Agribusiness context
  • excel with a Personal Leadership Program (PLP), geared towards helping you understand better who you are and what you are capable of and working towards your ultimate career goal

Outcome: Executive MBA diploma

After successful completion of your studies, you receive the title of Master of Business Administration (MBA). In addition, the TIAS program boasts both international (AMBA) and institutional (AACSB) accreditations. These accreditations form the legal basis for granting the Master of Business Administration degree.


You are no stranger to ambition and your aim is to become a ‘future leader in Food & Agribusiness’. With plenty of talent and an academic or HBO degree, you will join a competitive group of like-minded peers. Flourish in an interactive environment that encourages you to go beyond the traditional boundaries of leadership.

The majority of participants have 6-10 years of experience, with varying professional backgrounds. The bulk is active in, but not limited to, general management roles, finance, consultancy and research & development. Typically, you will already work in a role which requires you to have an organizational overview, strategic insight and assessment of decisional impact.

Course Outline

This MBA program is organized into three theme-based blocks of courses. Each block is concluded by an integration module that focus specifically on the Food & Agribusiness context, in which insights from previous courses are synthesized and applied to business challenges. The program includes two international modules. 

Block 1 - The Role of Business in a Complex World
Block 1 introduces basic foundations of business by courses such as Managerial Control and Finance. The position of business in its Supply Chain, in the Economy and in Society at large will ensure that a broader view on the role of business in the world is developed. An international module in collaboration with a partner school will enhance this broader view by understanding the challenges of businesses in emerging markets. The integration module on “Doing Business in a Complex World” concludes the first block. In this module, participants will be challenged to integrate their knowledge through a mix of interactive lectures, casework and roleplays.

Block 2 - Positioning for Long Term Sustainable Value
Block 2 develops more advanced business knowledge to understand both the internal challenges faced by organizations and the positioning in their competitive environment. The combination of these insights enables firms to develop new business models to ensure future success. This block is concluded by the Integration Module on entrepreneurship. Equipped with their knowledge of this block, participants are challenged to think in a creative and experimental way about new ventures, how to learn for failures and how to set up new ventures.

Block 3 - Making it Happen/Change for Impact
The flow of the program continues in the final block. After having chosen future directions, how can organizations make it happen? What does it take to implement strategy? What change approach is needed to make things real? How can diverse perspectives be managed to enable change? Insights are synthesized in the last integration module. Further impact is generated by means of the capstone project. This  final proof of MBA-level integral management skills, will be specific to a Food & Agribusiness case, supervised from leading scholars from Wageningen University & Research.

Cost of the Executive MBA in Food & Agribusiness 

The cost of the Executive MBA in Food & Agribusiness is € 51475 (exempt from VAT), if you start February16, 2023.

The cost of the Executive MBA in Food & Agribusiness is € 53600 (exempt from VAT), if you start November 8, 2023 (Early Bird Discount of € 2000 for admission before April 1, 2023).

The Executive MBA in Food & Agribusiness program includes:

  • Registration and administration costs
  • Mandatory literature, textbooks and teaching materials
  • Catering packages (lunch, coffee or tea and soft drinks) during lecture periods, meals during residential sessions
  • Accommodation including breakfast for overnight sessions*
  • International study trip (the substantive program)
  • Access to the online learning environment
  • Alumni site access where you can browse specialist webinars and must-read articles

*Accommodation during residential overnight sessions enables full focus on your Executive MBA in Food & Agribusiness. Your Program Adviser can give you more details of the benefits to take accommodations as well as cost savings when you decide not to.

Not included: the travel costs for the international modules.

Persuade your employer with convincing company benefits

•A professional within the organization capable of harnessing the latest business developments.
•Career shaping, grow beyond your current specialist role into a managerial function.
•Learn and work, benefit personally and professionally by practically applying what you learn within your organization.
•Your company gains the latest insights and knowledge.
•Renowned lecturers. Our faculty comprises leading experts and known scholars, who are active researchers and publish their work.
•TIAS School for Business and Society is a university-based educational institute.
•Recognized business school: praised by the Financial Times as the best educational facility for Open Executive programs in The Netherlands.


Candidates with excellent results in previous academic programs may be eligible to have part of their tuition fees waived. Participants must demonstrate strong leadership qualities and contribute to the promotion of diversity with the Executive MBA in Food & Agribusiness group of participants. Please contact the Program Adviser to find out if you are eligible.

How do you finance your education?

You have found the program that best suits your learning goals and ambitions. But how do you finance this? There are different ways to do that. Your employer can play a role, but there are also interesting statutory regulations that you can use yourself. We list the possibilities for you.

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Faculty Executive MBA in Food & Agribusiness

“The faculty are hand-picked on their topical expertise, practical experience and their ability to bring both rigor and relevance to the classroom. I am convinced that you will be inspired to work with each and every one of them!”

Academic Director

Eric Dooms
Associate Professor
Hans van Trijp
Hoogleraar Marktkunde en Consumentengedrag


Michael Corbey
Full Professor
Frans de Roon
Full Professor
Herbert Hamers
Full Professor

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Michelle Fevola
Michelle Fevola
Program Adviser
+31 13 466 86 19

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