CIA Online Master’s in Wine and Beverage Management

  • Raise a Glass and Cheers to Your Future

    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 wine and beverage management master’s degree. The program is unique in how it takes you from marketing to distribution and from restaurants to retail, 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 during residencies and with tasting kits delivered to your home.
    • 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 connect with vintners, distillers, distributors, and retailers during your residencies.
    • 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
    • Wine Tour Operator
    • Food and Beverage Manager
    • Director of Hospitality
    • Sommelier
    • Restaurant General Manager
    • Wine Writer
    • Beverage Concierge
    • Special Events Manager

    As a graduate of the CIA, you’ll instantly become a member of an influential network of food and beverage professionals, paving the way for unparalleled career opportunity. You’ll also have access to lifelong assistance and resources from the college’s Center for Career and Academic Advising—including career advisement, job listings, and Career Fair and networking events.

    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.

    See how CIA alumni are making a difference in the industry. Learn more >


    The two-year, 30-credit Master of Professional Studies in Wine and Beverage Management program includes:

    • 24 credits in asynchronous online courses covering subjects such as global wine business operations, entrepreneurial innovation, spirits, fermented, and non-alcoholic beverage, and advanced beverage management, as well as a 2-credit capstone project developed in concert with faculty advisors and mentors.
    • 4 credits consisting of three short residencies at the California and New York campuses held before the start of your first semester, after the completion of your second semester, and as your final semester concludes.

    See catalog for curriculum and course details

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

    Download the full curriculum chart (PDF)


    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.
    • Must be able to receive shipments of alcoholic tasting kits. International students will need U.S. shipping address that allows for alcohol delivery.
    • See additional requirements. (PDF)

    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.

  • 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.
  • Lauren Jackson ’09“Choosing to invest in my professional development with their master’s in wine and beverage management program was easy. Online classes let me maintain my career while furthering my education, and I’m applying this new knowledge directly to my job. ”

    —Lauren Jackson ’09
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    School of Graduate and Professional Studies

    Students further enhance their food and beverage business knowledge or culinary skills in the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. Top industry experts and CIA faculty lead deep-dive discussions, research, and focused learning backed by the college’s unparalleled resources and connections. Whether it’s a master’s degree or specialized certificate, a CIA credential is an ideal way for students and professionals to advance their careers. It opens doors throughout the food world and connects graduates to our 50,000-strong, industry-wide alumni network. Learn more about our faculty >
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    Associate Director—Admissions

    Specializes in assisting master’s programs students