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    CIA Online Wine and Beverage Management Master’s Degree

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  • Now Online for Fall 2021!

    The CIA’s proven wine and beverage curriculum is now available for the busy professional. Grow your career without interrupting your work or personal life.

    Did you know that a restaurant’s beverage program is a major driver of its profits? That’s just one of many reasons to advance your career with our online Master of Professional Studies in Wine and Beverage Management. The program is unique in how it takes you from vine to crush and from barrel to bottle, emphasizes wine and food pairing, and explores the global wine and beverage business.

    • Take part in interactive tastings and sensory analyses—with samples delivered to your home—so you can examine the synergies between food and wine.
    • Hone your beverage management skills and focus on key processes once the wine is in the bottle, including marketing, inventory management, distribution, and retail.
    • Gain valuable insights from some of the top wine and beverage authorities of our time—a faculty with impeccable industry credentials plus visiting vintners, distillers, distributors, and retailers.
    • Go beyond wine to study mixology, distilled spirits, and fermented and non-alcoholic beverages.
    • Meet your classmates, participate in intensive tastings, and explore the Napa Valley during short residencies designed to augment your online learning with hands-on and field experience.

    Curious to know more? View the most Frequently Asked Questions about this exciting program.

    Ready to get started? Apply Today!

    Uncork Your Opportunities:

    Wine experts are sought-after in high-end restaurants, hotels and resorts, wineries, retail, and media all over the world, in positions including:

    • Wine and Spirits Director
    • Wine Retailer
    • Distributor
    • Consultant
    • Marketing Specialist
    • Food and Beverage Manager
    • Director of Hospitality
    • Sommelier
    • Restaurant General Manager
    • Wine Writer
    • Beverage Concierge
    • Special Events Manager

    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.

    Our more than 50,000-strong CIA alumni are leading every segment of the food and beverage world. They’ve found success doing what they love. Now it’s your turn.

    Curriculum

    The 30-credit Master’s in Wine and Beverage Management program curriculum includes the following courses:

    CIA Master of Professional Studies in Wine and Beverage Management Curriculum Chart

    Download the full curriculum chart (PDF)

    See catalog for curriculum details

    Requirements for Admission

    To enroll, you must meet the following requirements by the program start date:

    • Be at least 21 years of age.
    • Have a bachelor’s degree, preferably in hospitality management or a related field. While students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in another discipline may enroll in this program, they are expected to enter the program with some knowledge of the industry.
    • See additional requirements. (PDF)

    In addition to the steps listed on our how to apply page, master's program applicants must also provide a résumé or CV.

    How to Apply

    Wine and Beverage Management Master’s Degree Affordability

    The CIA is committed to making your education as affordable as possible. You’ll find that our costs are comparable to similar colleges, and more than 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid. Talk with us! Contact Student Financial and Registration Services at SFRS@culinary.edu or 845-451-1500.

    The CIA participates in the Federal Graduate Direct Loan Program. Eligibility to borrow through the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan program will be determined once you have been accepted into the master’s program 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.

    The college also accepts the Post-9/11 GI Bill and participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, making a CIA education very accessible to veterans who are eligible for these benefits.

    Tuition and fees for the 2021–22 online Master’s in Wine and Beverage program are coming soon.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

  • No—the CIA does not require GMAT or GRE submittals for master's degree program applicants.
    No—the online master’s degree program has been designed for distance delivery from anywhere with internet access. Tastings will be delivered by mail. Students should consult their state and local laws for regulations pertaining to alcoholic shipments. There are three required short residencies (three to five days).
    While the academic rigor of the online master’s degree program does require commitment, we believe the workload and pacing will allow most students to achieve a reasonable work/life/study balance. Students will be enrolled in two, 3-credit-hour courses per 15-week semester. Study time is flexible; students can spread class work across multiple short study sessions or fewer blocks of longer duration to meet their schedule needs. Assignments and associated timelines will vary by course and will be clearly outlined in the syllabus provided at the start of each course.
    No—Food industry experience is always a plus, but is not required as long as your application conveys more than a casual interest in the food business.
    The CIA online master’s in wine and beverage management has been intentionally designed to be delivered in an environment where students bond and develop into a learning community over the two years. While extraordinary circumstances will be treated on a case-by-case basis, serious candidates are expected to make every effort to stay on pace and progress with their original cohort.
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  • Cool Courses You’ll Take…

    Cool Courses in Wine Management

    Take a deep dive into wine and beverages in the CIA wine management degree program, with courses that may surprise you.

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  • Contact Us

    Robert Tremblay ’10
    Robert Tremblay ’10
    Associate Director—Admissions
    1946 Campus Drive
    Hyde Park, NY 12538

    Phone: 845-451-1564
    Robert.Tremblay@culinary.edu

  • Christie Dufault, CIA Instructor—Wine and Beverage Studies

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    Christie Dufault
    Professor—Wine and Beverage Studies
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    Robert Bath, CIA Professor—Wine and Beverage Studies, California campus.

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    Robert Bath
    Professor—Wine and Beverage Studies
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