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Executive Master’s in Food Marketing Program

Stephen Porth, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs and Executive Director Graduate Business Programs

Rich George, Ph.D., Chair, Food Marketing

Christine A. Hartmann, Director

Amanda Basile, Market Development Manager

Kathleen Kennedy, Administrative Assistant

The Executive Master’s in Food Marketing Program is rooted in a 50-year tradition of academic excellence in food marketing and is designed for leaders and professionals with strong backgrounds in the food industry and associated fields. Our unique program provides advanced academic and developmental experiences in strategic marketing and related business disciplines. Executive students together with a network of industry peers earn an M.B.A. or M.S. degree on their schedules by attending Friday/Saturday sessions in an executive conference center and through virtual instruction. Courses with lecture, robust discussion, on-line instruction and team projects are led by world-class faculty and co-taught with industry experts. Course work encompasses both strategic and "hands on" experiences. Courses are offered nearly every weekend from September to June. Executive students can matriculate at their own pace, in as little as two years or as long as six years, the maximum time limit.

We offer three academic tracks:

M.B.A. in Food Marketing

This program provides a strong generalist curriculum with a comprehensive concentration in food marketing. Participants earn a Master of Business Administration degree upon successfully completing 27 courses and earning 41 credits, excluding Foundation Courses. (Foundation courses may be waived upon review of undergraduate or graduate academic transcripts.)

Master of Science in Food Marketing

Courses are offered on specific industry topics which are essentially separate, and are not linked in a sequential manner. It is not necessary to attend courses in a structured sequence; students may attend as often as their schedules permit. Participants earn a Master of Science degree in Food Marketing upon successfully completing 24 courses and earning 36 credits.

Post-Master’s Certificate in Food Marketing

This program provides those individuals with a general Master’s, M.B.A., or other post-graduate degree the opportunity to augment their knowledge of the food industry through the completion of post-graduate course work that focuses specifically on topical, industry related issues. Participants earn a Post-Master’s Certificate in Food Marketing upon successfully completing 8 courses and earning 12 credits.

Mission Statement

The mission of Saint Joseph’s Executive Master’s in Food Marketing Program is to develop current and future leaders by providing industry programs for all segments of the food industry, delivering these programs to the life-long student in a flexible and convenient format within state-of-the-art environments.

Program Objective

The objective of the Executive Master’s in Food Marketing Program is to develop food industry professionals who have strong experiential backgrounds in food marketing through an intensive, modular-based program which emphasizes food industry information and applied marketing skills and techniques.

Location and Time of Courses

Courses with live instruction are offered at ACE Executive Conference Center, Lafayette Hill, PA (15 minutes from Main Campus) on Friday and Saturday. Classes generally begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 5:00 p.m. each day. Virtual instruction occurs at various times.

Admissions Requirements and Procedures

Students are admitted through a rolling admission process.

Executive M.B.A. and Master’s of Science in Food Marketing Program

Students applying for admission must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and four years of industry experience. Applicants must submit the following:

a completed application form

official transcripts of all course work from each undergraduate and graduate school attended

International applicants are no longer required to submit a credentials evaluation—transcript evaluations will be performed by Admissions staff. However, applicants already possessing a course by-course evaluation of their transcripts are encouraged to submit this in place of original transcripts. For those who do not possess a course-by- course evaluation, an official record of all college and university academic studies and results of state and/or national examinations taken are required. Academic records must include the name of each individual course, the grade earned, and the grading scale used. Documents must be submitted in one’s native language with an official English translation. The Graduate Operations Office performs all international credential evaluations. Foreign documents, credentials and transcripts must be official (sealed and sent directly from the institution). Only originals or photocopies officially stamped and attested by a school official (Registrar, Principle, or Controller of Examinations) are accepted. Faxes, scanned or notarized copies or copies attested by a department head cannot be accepted as official. All credentials submitted to the Graduate Operations Office become property of the University and cannot be returned.

two letters of recommendation

a resume

two business writing samples

a structured personal interview, GMAT or GRE

Foreign applicants

Foreign applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Arrangements should be made by writing directly to TOEFL, Box 6151, Princeton, NJ, U.S.A., 08541-6151. Students already in the Philadelphia area who do not have a TOEFL score may be admitted following satisfactory performance on the English test administered at the ELS Center on the Saint Joseph’s University campus. A minimum score of 550, internet based TOEFL 80, or 213 on computerized test on the TOEFL is required to take any courses in the M.B.A. Program. An official IELTS score of 6.5 or an official PTE score of 60 is also acceptable. Qualified students who complete Level 112 at the ELS Language Center and receive a strong, positive letter of recommendation from the Center can begin their MBA studies without the official TOEFL score. Foreign applicants seeking an F-1 student visa must also supply a statement of financial support.

Post-Master’s Certificate in Food Marketing Program

Students applying for admission to the Post-Master’s Certificate in Food Marketing program must have a Master’s or M.B.A. degree from an accredited college or university and a strong record of business experience. Admissions criteria are as follows:

  • a completed application form
  • official Master’s/M.B.A. transcripts
  • a resume

Tuition and Fees

All students enrolled in courses are charged on a per course basis. All charges are due and payable based on the due date specified on the invoice. Invoices will be mailed to students according to the billing and registration schedule. It is the students’ responsibility to maintain their accounts in a current status.

Students who are financially delinquent will forfeit the privilege of attending classes, and the University has the right to withhold grades, transcripts, and diploma until such indebtedness is paid. Students who fall in arrears on one course will be denied admission to future classes until settlement of accounts is completed.

Fees are paid by check or they may be charged to Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. Students have the option of paying directly on the web via mysju. The following fees are in effect or the academic year 2012-2013:

Tuition per two-day course (1.5) credits


Tuition per three-day course (2.0) credits


Tuition per three-day course (3.0) credits


Application fee

no charge

Transcript fee (per copy)


Academic Dismissal

To graduate, students must fulfill all credit hour requirements for the (M.S. or M.B.A) degree and possess a minimum GPA for 3.0 for all courses including Foundation courses taken at Saint Joseph's University. Additionally, students must have no more than 6 credit hours of C grades and no F grade outstanding to be certified for graduation. To have no F grade outstanding, the student must repeat the course in which the F grade was received and achieve a grade of B or higher.

The grading system in effect at Saint Joseph's University will apply to courses in the Executive Master's in Food Marketing Program. Per University guidelines for graduate study, students enrolled in the Executive Master's in Food Marketing Program who receive a grade of C for 3 credit hours will receive a warning letter. Students who receive an F grade for 3 credit hours or a C grade for 6 credit hours will be placed on academic probation and will be notified in writing by the Program Director. Students who receive an F grade for 6 credit hours or a grade of C or below for 9 credit hours will be dismissed from the program.

Admissions Committee

The recommendation for accepting applicants into the program will be made by the Admissions Committee after they have reviewed completed applications. The Admissions Committee is composed of representatives of faculty members from each of the departments contributing to the program.