From just eight craft breweries in the U.S. in 1980 to over 5,000 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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There will be a $60 fee upon acceptance into the program
From the 'Apply Now' button, login to your student account, complete the online application, and pay the application fee if applicable.
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Candidates are encouraged to apply in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Hard copy official transcripts should be mailed (USPS) to:
UC San Diego Extension Brewing Program
c/o Teresa Grosch
9500 Gilman Dr. MC 0170T
La Jolla, CA 92093-0170
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Applications for Spring 2018 Cohort
Applications are now being accepted for admission in March 2018. To be considered for this cohort, submit your application, $25 fee, and official transcripts listing prerequisite coursework with passing grades using the instructions above. Applicants will receive a notification when their application is complete and will be notified of acceptance within three weeks of submission.
To view the status of your application: please refer to the My Applications section of your My Extension account.
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