CIA Wine Management Master’s Degree

  • Master’s Degree in Wine Management

    In today’s restaurant world, a large percentage of profits is driven by wines and other beverages, and expertise in these areas is in high demand. Americans continue to pour money into savoring their favorite wines. According to Wines & Vines magazine, U.S. wine sales reached nearly $63 billion in 2017—the 25th consecutive year of growth.

    There are plenty of reasons to advance your career through wine education, and The Culinary Institute of America—the leader in food and beverage education—is the best place to make it happen. Unique among wine programs, our Master of Professional Studies in Wine Management degree not only takes you from vine to crush and from barrel to bottle, it also emphasizes how wine makes its way to tables everywhere and goes beyond wine, exploring a variety of beverages and food pairings. Come to the CIA, and get ready to take your place as a leader in the world of wine.


    • Study in the ideal setting for wine education—our campus in the heart of the Napa Valley and Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies. You simply can’t get this level of wine management education experience anywhere else.
    • Take part in interactive tastings and sensory analyses, walk the vineyards and learn from growers, hone your beverage management skills, and so much more.
    • Examine the synergies between food and wine from the very start, focusing on key processes once the wine is in the bottle such as marketing, distribution, and retail.
    • Receive a well-rounded education that includes the study of distilled spirits and other beverages.
    • 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, retailers, and beverage leaders from all over California wine country.
    • Get the wine degree and connections that prepare you to innovate, inspire, and succeed at the highest levels of this dynamic profession.

    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
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    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.

    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

    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

    Admissions Office
    2555 Main Street
    St. Helena, CA 94574
    Phone: 1-800-CULINARY
    Alt. Phone: 707-967-2496
    Fax: 845-451-1068
  • Christie Dufault, CIA Instructor—Wine and Beverage Studies

    Faculty Spotlight

    Christie Dufault
    Professor—Wine and Beverage Studies
    Christie Dufault is a wine educator and sommelier who has served as wine director for some of the nation’s finest restaurants, including Gary Danko in San Francisco, where she was featured on the Food Network and earned the Grand Award from Wine Spectator.
    Robert Bath, CIA Professor—Wine and Beverage Studies, California campus.

    Faculty Spotlight

    Robert Bath
    Professor—Wine and Beverage Studies
    Master Sommelier Robert Bath has spent more than 30 years in the wine and food industry, managing high-profile, wine-oriented restaurants; working with high-profile California wineries; and teaching thousands around the world about wine.
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