The first French postgraduate programme in international wine business, called Commerce International des Vins, was created in 1988 at Burgundy School of Business. This programme subsequently became the Mastère Spécialisé en Commerce International des Vins et Spiritueux (CIVS) in 1991.
This French-taught programme is available today in a full-time and a part-time format. It is the leader in the French market and has acquired international recognition and acclaim for the way it marries wine knowledge to commercial and marketing management.
Its network of more than 500 professionals ensures that students find work placements easily and helps them to develop the contacts integral to success in the wine industry.
Oenology, viticulture, sensorial analysis and product knowledge are adapted to a programme of commercial and marketing management, thereby guaranteeing graduates the specialised business know-how to become competent professionals in the field.

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There are 30 places available for each intake In November for the full-time course and demand is high, with over 150 applications from qualified candidates yearly.
The programme offers 5 weeks of field trips in total.

Created in 2004, the part-time course has had around 20 students in place over the past two years, most of whom are employed professionals. Because the pace is adapted to their professional constraints, with 2 days of classes per month, students take an average of 18 months to complete the part-time version of the programme.

Career opportunities
The degree prepares graduates for a number of key positions in the wine industry. A few of these are:

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  • Sales manager of key accounts
  • Export manager
  • Winery manager
  • Commercial officer
  • Communications manager
  • Head of sales
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Dr Jérôme Gallo
Head of the Mastère Spécialisé en Commerce International des Vins et Spiritueux