There’s no better place to get your wine education than at our California campus in the heart of the Napa Valley and Northern California wine country. Here, we offer a unique two-semester Wine and Beverage Graduate Certificate program that’s designed to enrich your understanding of all types of beverages. CIA's wine certificate will give you a decided competitive career advantage in the food and beverage, restaurant, and hospitality industries.
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Adding a graduate certificate and the influential alumni network from The Culinary Institute of America to your bachelor’s degree can’t help but expand your career horizons. Whether you want to launch a career in wines and beverages, or are a culinary professional who wants to deepen your understanding of this most-profitable side of the industry, the Wine and Beverage Graduate Certificate is for you.
Beverage professionals can be found working in fine-dining establishments in restaurants, on cruise ships, in high-end hotels and resorts, in clubs, and other venues.
The casual dining segment—from small, independent cafés and wine bars to large chain operations—also offers a wealth of opportunities for beverage professionals.
The vast majority of beverage sales are made through wholesale distribution channels. Professionals in this segment represent portfolios of products from importers and wineries, and promote and sell them to restaurants and merchants.
Specialty wine shops, gourmet markets, large wine and spirits retail operations, online wine markets...all have a need for professionals with an in-depth understanding of beverages.
Wine Companies and Wineries
With more than 10,000 wine labels available for sale in the U.S. alone, wineries and wine companies need knowledgeable professionals who can deliver quality products and help them stand out from the competition.
To enroll, you must meet the following requirements by the program start date:
In addition, you must complete a 300- to 500-word Statement of Purpose concerning your purpose for undertaking or continuing graduate study in wines and beverages, your reasons for wanting to study at The Culinary Institute of America, and your professional plans and career goals. You may also explain any special circumstances applicable to your background and elaborate on relevant academic and/or professional achievements.
How to Apply
The CIA is very committed to making your education as affordable as possible. Our costs are comparable to similar colleges, and here’s even better news—approximately 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid.
The CIA offers a generous merit scholarship and need-based scholarship for the Wine and Beverage Graduate Certificate (WBGC) program in addition to participating in the Federal Graduate Direct Loan programs. Eligibility to borrow through the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan program will be determined once you have been accepted into the WBGC and have filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can also apply for the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan to help with any remaining expenses.
Don’t let applying for financial assistance keep you from coming to the CIA. No matter what your individual circumstances are, we will work with you to help make attending the CIA an affordable investment in your future in the wine and beverage world.
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