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    Step-By-Step Guide to Applying for the CIA Wine and Beverage Graduate Certificate

    The Wine and Beverage Graduate Certificate (WGBC) is designed for students who have a bachelor’s degree, preferably in hospitality management or a related field. If you have a degree in another discipline, you may still enroll in this program but it is recommended that you have some knowledge of the wine and beverage industry.

    To apply to WGBC, just follow these steps:

    1. Complete the application form.

    • To apply online: choose one of the following methods:
    • To apply by mail:
      • Print out your CIA WBGC application form (PDF).
      • Mail the completed form with essay and application fee (see below) to:
      • The Culinary Institute of America
        Attn: WBGC Admissions
        1946 Campus Drive
        Hyde Park, NY 12538

    2. Submit a Statement of Purpose.

    • Each applicant must submit a 300- to 500-word statement describing:
      • your purpose for undertaking or continuing graduate study in wines and beverages;
      • your reasons for wanting to study at the CIA; and
      • your professional plans and career goals.
    • You also may explain any special circumstances applicable to your background and elaborate on relevant academic or professional achievements.

    3. Pay your $50 application fee.

    • If applying online, you can pay by credit card. If applying by mail, include a check or money order with your application.

    4. Ask for a recommendation.

    • One letter of recommendation is required. It may be from a senior administrator or faculty member associated with the program from which you have graduated or will graduate. If you have been out of school for more than five years, you should substitute a letter of recommendation from your current employer. Recommendations can be submitted using:

    5. Request official transcripts.

    • Download the Transcript Request Form (PDF) and ask the postsecondary schools (colleges) you’ve attended to provide your transcripts electronically via Parchment Exchange or mail your official transcripts (not student copies) directly to the CIA Admissions Office.

    That’s it! You’re on your way to enrolling at the CIA! Once our admissions staff has reviewed your application and supporting materials, we’ll contact you if anything else is needed.

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