Americans continue to pour money into savoring their favorite wines. According to Wines & Vines magazine, U.S. wine sales reached $60 billion in 2016—the 24th consecutive year of growth. About $39.8 billion of those sales stem from domestic wineries, with many of the most renowned wine growers located in the legendary Napa Valley. Sommeliers and other wine experts are crucial in helping restaurant guests decide which wine best complements their meal. And what better place to learn about this high-growth field than at the CIA’s California campus in the Napa Valley? Earn a CIA Wine and Beverage Graduate Certificate through a unique two-semester program. Learn professional beverage management, viticulture, Old and New World wines, distilled spirits, and the global business of wine. The CIA’s industry-experienced faculty will ensure you receive a hands-on learning experience that puts you in line for a top position. After earning your certificate, you’ll be an expert in wine and beverage management as well as be proficient in wine and beverage selection for high-end and casual dining establishments.
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Wine experts are in high-demand at high-end restaurants, casual dining establishments, wholesalers and retailers, and wineries. Career options include:
With so many possibilities, our Career Services staff is ready to help you every step of the way. There’s no network like the CIA network, which includes some of the world’s most renowned culinary, beverage, and hospitality experts.
The list of celebrated CIA alumni is as diverse as it is extensive. They’ve found success doing what they love. Now it’s your turn.
The 30-week Wine and Beverage Graduate Certificate Program (WBGC) includes:
Through intensive study, interactive tastings, and sensory analyses, you will gain an in-depth understanding of the wines and beverages of the world. In addition to winemaking practices and varietals, you will also learn about beverage law, business, and distribution. Food and wine pairing and service, subjects vital to beverage professionals, are integrated into each course of the WBGC.
Learn more about specific course requirements
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—more than 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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