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Master of Arts in Culinary Business Management

Gain the entrepreneurial skills you need to launch your own culinary business

This brand-new Master of Arts in Culinary Management, awarded in partnership with the University of Derby, is geared towards career changers, food and beverage entrepreneurs, and culinary start-up enthusiasts. The goal of the program is not to create chefs, but managers who will have a practical awareness and understanding of working in a kitchen.

You will acquire relevant managerial skills as well as transferable skills empowering you to adapt to changing career patterns, such as problem-solving skills, creative thinking, cross-cultural competences and collaboration, emotional intelligence, and general reasoning skills. You will learn how to develop your own food concepts, create recipe books, and present viable business plans.


Term 1 (11 weeks)

Term 2 (11 weeks)

4-6 month internship* (in Switzerland or worldwide) and
business plan/consultancy project

Le Bouveret Campus

Le Bouveret Campus

Off campus

Master of Arts in Culinary Business Management awarded by the University of Derby

Master of International Business in Culinary Business Management awarded by César Ritz Colleges Switzerland

*Minimum gross monthly salary in Switzerland: CHF 2,212.-


  • Course Description
    • Term 1 (11 weeks)
      • Food Culture and Culinary Trends (20 credits)
      • Leadership and People Management (10 credits)
      • Revenue and Performance Analysis in the Culinary Industry (10 credits)
      • Sustainability, Social Responsibility, and Ethics (10 credits)
      • Strategic Management in the Culinary Industry (10 credits)
      • Academic Skills Support (no credits)
      • Culinary Fundamentals and Food Safety (no credits)
    • Term 2 (11 weeks)
      • Creativity and Innovation (10 credits)
      • Events and Catering Management (10 credits)
      • Advanced Marketing for the Culinary Industry (10 credits)
      • Research Methods (20 credits)
      • Food Entrepreneurship and Business Start-up (10 credits)
      • International Cuisines (no credits)
    • Term 3 & 4: Integrated Business Project (60 credits)
      • 4-6 month internship worldwide or in Switzerland (minimum gross monthly salary in Switzerland: CHF 2,212.—)
  • Entry requirements
    • Recognised Bachelor's degree in any discipline
    • English language proficiency of TOEFL iBT 67-74 or IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If you don't have the required language level, you can improve your language and study skills with our English Foundation Program. Please note that if you require a visa, Swiss authorities need to be provided with a valid TOEFL or IELTS score (not older than one year). 
    • Recommended minimum age of 21 years
  • Dates
    • 4 October 2021 – 18 March 2022
    • 11 April 2022 - 23 September 2022
  • Cost


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