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Brewing Certificate

From just eight craft breweries in the U.S. in 1980 to over 4,000 nationwide today, craft and microbrewing has developed into a multi-billion dollar industry. San Diego is contributing to the growth of the brewing trade with over one hundred local breweries in operation and many more in the planning stages. The key to a career in this thriving business is to gain the training and knowledge necessary to excel in this specialized field.

Brewers bring expertise from a diverse array of fields including engineering, chemistry, microbiology, physics and business, and must be able to apply that knowledge on a daily basis. The UC San Diego Extension Brewing certificate curriculum provides students with the technical skill and knowledge to select raw materials, produce wort, manage yeast and fermentation processes, and finish and package the product, all to the highest industry standards. The business curriculum provides graduates with the skills and knowledge necessary to administer all financial and managerial operations of a brewery.

Taught by leading professional brewers and other industry experts, the UC San Diego Extension Brewing Certificate is a part-time, evening and weekend program that offers academic and practical training for entry-level brewing professionals. The certificate can be completed in 18-24 months and students may take as many or as few classes as fit their schedule. Tuition is paid per course at the time they are taken.

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For detailed information, please enroll in the Brewing Program Information Session.

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Certificate Course Matrix
Course Title Course Number Units FA WI SP SU
Information Session (Find out more about the program in a free, onsite information session.)
Brewing Certificate Information Session
Required Courses
Part 1: The Science and Technology of Brewing
Overview of Brewing Science and Technology
Raw Materials and Malting
  U   U
Wort Production & Recipe Formulation
  U   U
Yeast & Fermentation Processes
U   U  
Finishing Practices
U   U  
Sensory Evaluation and Beer Styles
U   U  
Technology of Brewing
  U   U
Part 2: The Business of Brewing
Overview of the Craft Brewing Industry
  U   U
Operations Management
  U   U
Marketing and Distribution
U   U  
Financial Management for Breweries
  U   U
Part 3: Internship
Schedule Varies
Electives (2 units required)
The Origins and History of Beer
Food Pairings and Beer Dinners
Barrel Aging
L=La Jolla M=Mission Valley O=Online U=University City X=Location TBA
Certificate Programs

To Apply for the Certificate Program

From the 'Apply Now' button, login to your student account, complete the online application, and pay the application fee if applicable. It is preferable that you create an account before proceeding if you have not already done so.

Candidates are encouraged to apply in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits. See Certificate FAQs for more information.

Application Fee: $25 Apply Now!
Contact: Arts, Humanities, Languages & Digital Arts, 858-534-6705
Email: brewing@ucsd.edu
Please note: Upon acceptance into the program, there will be a $60 certificate fee.

Program Benefits

  • Flexibility to take courses at your own pace
  • Courses offered during the evenings and weekends
  • Gain analytical and practical training in the classroom and in local breweries throughout San Diego
  • Career-oriented course content designed to provide fundamental brewing skills for an entry-level position in a craft brewery

Conditions for Admission

All students must be at least 21 years of age.

For acceptance to the UC San Diego Extension Professional Certificate in Brewing, and to any of the required courses for the Certificate, students must have adequate preparation in the following areas, as evidenced by official high school and/or college transcripts:
Pre-calculus: the most advanced mathematics course before a calculus course may be taken.
And relevant preparation in at least two of the following four areas:
Biological sciences: general biology, microbiology, cell physiology or biochemistry
Chemistry: general chemistry, organic, inorganic or analytical
Physics: heat and mechanics or process control
Engineering: topics in mechanical or chemical engineering only.

Practical brewing experience is a plus, but is not required for acceptance to the program.

Important Note Regarding Prerequisites
All prerequisite courses must have passing grades (C- or better). The prerequisites for the Brewing program will not be waived, regardless of circumstance. There are no exceptions. Applicants who do not meet the program's prerequisite requirements will not be accepted.

Electronic official transcripts can be emailed from the educational institution to brewing@ucsd.edu. Hard copy official transcripts should be mailed (USPS) to:
UC San Diego Extension Brewing Program
c/o Teresa Grosch
9500 Gilman Dr. MC 0170A
La Jolla, CA 92093-0170

For the delivery services only address (i.e. UPS, FedEx), please email brewing@ucsd.edu.

Applications for Fall 2017 Cohort
Applications are now being accepted for admission fall 2017. To be considered for this cohort, submit the application, fee, and official transcripts by Friday, December 2, 2016, at midnight PST. For exact start dates for each quarter, please visit our calendar under the 'About' tab at the top left of this page. Applicants for this term will be notified of admission between Monday, December 12, and Friday, December 16, 2016.

To view the status of your application: please refer to the My Applications section of your My Extension account.

Certificate Guidelines

The Professional Certificate in Brewing is issued upon completion of the total number of required credit units (31 quarter units). The approximate cost of the program is $5,700 (includes course fees, application fee, certificate enrollment fee, and textbooks) and is paid incrementally as students enroll in courses rather than up front. Course fees and schedules are subject to change.


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