Faculty of Scienze Agrarie, Alimentari e Ambientali

Agricultural and food economics


Academic year 2022/2023

Duration 2 anni

Language English

Degree class LM-69 (Scienze e tecnologie agrarie) - LM-70 (Scienze e tecnologie alimentari)

Key factors of the MSc in Agricultural and Food Economics

The school.
The course 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 field of agricultural and food economics and business. It is part of the Postgraduate School’s System of UCSC, a recognition of the institute’s excellence in university education.

The method.
You will experience an intensive teaching activity with active in-class participation, a direct interaction with the faculty members, and a constant relationships with academics, companies, and stakeholders of the agricultural and food supply chain.

The university network.
The MSc also promotes a study experience at a foreign university within the UCSC network. Selected students can spend one or two semesters of the second year of the MSc at a partner university in Europe, Australia or North America.

The uniqueness.
The MSc in Agricultural and Food Economics at UCSC is the only Italian MSc programme in the agri-business area entirely taught in English.

The results
The school, the method, the university network, together with motivation and commitment of the student, help to obtain good academic results and a strong position in the job market.

The certification.
The MSc in Agricultural and Food Economics is certified by ASFOR - the Italian Association for Management Education Development.

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:


  • Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (Bonn, Germany) (DD)
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Uppsala, Sweden) (DD)
  • Technical University of Munich (Freising, Germany)      
  • Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Université catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) (DD)
  • Wageningen University (Wageningen, The Netherlands) (DD)

USA *   

  • North Dakota State University (Fargo, North Dakota)     
  • University of California (Davis, California)** 

Australia **         

  • Western Sydney University (Sydney, Australia)
  • Griffith University (Brisbane, Australia) ~
  • RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia)

* Exchange agreements are revised and confirmed every year according to students mobility balance.

** 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 participating in all the exchange programs are selected based on merit and knowledge of English. All these exchange programs are financed by specific grants.

Double Degree Programmes

The M.Sc. in Agricultural and Food Economics gives students the opportunity to be involved in two different Double Degree (DD) Programmes, involving several partner Universities that are offering similar M.Sc. Programmes. Students admitted to the DD Programmes attend the entire second year at the partner University. Thanks to the mutual recognition of ECTS credits and to a jointly supervised thesis, students receive two degrees from both universities. The aim of the DD Programmes is to give students a stronger international background in the area of agricultural and food economics. This also implies experiencing a multicultural study environment, getting used to different teaching and learning methods and taking part to a larger network of job market contacts. Admission to all DDs is based on merit and knowledge of English.

The AFEPA Consortium
The AFEPA (Agricultural, Food and Environmental Policy Analysis) Programme is offered by a consortium of four European partner 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 SMEA - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Cremona, Italy). The AFEPA Programme is part of the Erasmus Mundus Programme, through which selected students can obtain EU funded scholarships. AFEPA students wishing to apply for scholarships are selected through a centralized procedure before starting their first year. In addition, M.Sc. students of the four partner Universities can join the Programme during their second year.  For each academic year, there are a maximum of 2 places available for each of the three partner Universities.

Wageningen University
Wageningen University (WUR) in The Netherlands is the top University in the world in the area of agriculture and food. Thanks to the agreement between UCSC and WUR, from 2007 SMEA students can attend their second year at WUR. For each academic year, there are a maximum of 3 places available.

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