CIA Wine Management Master’s Degree

  • Make Your Mark in Wine and Beverage

    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 Master of Professional Studies in Wine Management. It’s held in the Napa Valley—that’s a major plus right there. And 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.

    • Study in the Napa Valley, an incomparable setting for learning about wine—and for building connections with beverage leaders from all over California wine country.
    • Take part in interactive tastings and sensory analyses, and 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.
    • Take field trips to vineyards, wineries, and farms to get a hands-on, sensory understanding of the wine and beverage business.

    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.


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

    CIA Master of Professional Studies in Wine 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.

    How to Apply

    Wine 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.

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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

  • Christie Dufault, CIA Instructor—Wine and Beverage Studies

    Faculty Spotlight

    Christie Dufault
    Professor—Wine and Beverage Studies
    Learn more about Christie Dufault, faculty member at the CIA.
    Robert Bath, CIA Professor—Wine and Beverage Studies, California campus.

    Faculty Spotlight

    Robert Bath
    Professor—Wine and Beverage Studies
    Learn more about Master Sommelier Robert Bath, faculty member at the CIA.
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