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From just eight craft breweries in the U.S. in 1980 to over 2,500 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 more than eighty 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. The document below also provides options for fulfilling prerequisite courses in San Diego.

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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
INFO-70051
0
U U U U
Required Courses
Part 1: The Science and Technology of Brewing
Overview of Brewing Science and Technology
BREW-40000
1
U U U U
Raw Materials and Malting
BREW-40001
3
  U   U
Wort Production & Recipe Formulation
BREW-40002
2
  U   U
Yeast & Fermentation Processes
BREW-40003
3
U   U  
Finishing Practices
BREW-40004
3
U   U  
Sensory Evaluation and Beer Styles
BREW-40005
3
U   U  
Technology of Brewing
BREW-40006
3
  U   U
Part 2: The Business of Brewing
Overview of the Craft Brewing Industry
BREW-40007
1
  U   U
Operations Management
BREW-40008
2
  U   U
Marketing and Distribution
BREW-40009
2
U   U  
Financial Management for Breweries
BREW-40010
2
  U   U
Part 3: Internship
Internship
BREW-40011
4
Schedule Varies
Electives (2 units required)
The Origins and History of Beer
BREW-40012
2
    U  
Food Pairings and Beer Dinners
BREW-40013
1
      U
Barrel Aging
BREW-40014
1
  U    
L=La Jolla M=Mission Valley O=Online U=University City X=Location TBA
Certificate Programs

To Register in the Certificate Program

Certificate registration is required to complete the program. Candidates are encouraged to register in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits. See Certificate FAQs for more information.

Certificate Section ID: 103788 Apply Now!
Application Fee: $25
Contact: Arts, Humanities, Languages & Digital Arts, (858) 534-6705
E-mail: brewing@ucsd.edu

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

Prerequisites
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
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.

Winter & Spring 2015 Cohorts
Applications are now being accepted for admission in winter and spring 2015. To be considered for these cohorts, applications must be submitted by Friday, August 8, 2014, at 5:30PM PDT. Applications received after that time will be eligible for admission to the summer 2015 cohort. For exact start dates for each quarter, please visit our calendar under the 'About' tab at the top left of this page. Applicants will be notified of admission between Monday, August 18, and Friday, August 22, 2014.

Please do not contact us for the status of your application.

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 $4900 (includes course fees, application fee, and certificate enrollment fee) and is paid incrementally as students enroll in courses rather than up front. Cost does not include textbooks and other materials. Course fees and schedules are subject to change.

Advisors

Justinian Caire
Brewery Trainer
Stone Brewing

Rick Chapman
President
Coronado Brewing

Yuseff Cherney
Co-Founder/Head Brewer
Ballast Point Brewing

Allen Craven
Brewer
La Jolla Brew House

Jim Crute, PhD
Founder
Lightning Brewery

Mike Hess
Founder
Hess Brewing

Matt Johnson
Head Brewer
Karl Strauss Brewing

Betsy Komives, PhD
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
UC San Diego

Stephen Lawler
General Manager
Porter’s Pub

Alex McKean
President
McKean Financial Consulting

Marty Mendiola
Brewmaster
Rock Bottom (La Jolla)

Chris White, PhD
President
White Labs