CIA ONLINE MASTER’S IN
WINE AND BEVERAGE MANAGEMENT
Raise a Glass and Cheers to Your Future
Did you know that a restaurant’s beverage program is a major driver of its profits? That’s just one of many reasons to advance your career with our online master’s degree in wine and beverage management. The program is unique in how it takes you from marketing to distribution and from restaurants to retail, emphasizes wine and food pairing, and explores the global wine and beverage business.
- Delivered in the “Executive Format,” this program allows students to earn their degrees without disrupting their work and personal lives, made possible with the development of custom tasting kits that are shipped to students to support instructor-led tastings even while remote.
- Take part in interactive tastings and sensory analyses—with samples delivered to your home—so you can examine the synergies between food and wine during residencies and with tasting kits delivered to your home.
- Hone your beverage management skills and focus on key processes once the wine is in the bottle, including marketing, inventory management, distribution, and retail.
- Gain valuable insights from some of the top wine and beverage authorities of our time—a faculty with impeccable industry credentials, plus connect with vintners, distillers, distributors, and retailers during your residencies.
- Go beyond wine to study mixology, distilled spirits, and fermented and non-alcoholic beverages.
- Meet your classmates, participate in intensive tastings, and explore the Napa Valley during short residencies designed to augment your online learning with hands-on and field experience.
Uncork Your Career Opportunities with a CIA Master’s Degree
The CIA Master of Professional Studies in Wine and Beverage Management is designed for professionals who aspire to advance or transition into the world of wine and beverage. Wine experts are sought-after in high-end restaurants, hotels and resorts, wineries, retail, and media all over the world, in positions including:
Food and Beverage Manager
Director of Hospitality
Restaurant General Manager
Special Events Manager
The two-year, 30-credit Wine and Beverage Management master’s degree program includes:
- 24 credits in asynchronous online courses covering subjects such as global wine business operations, entrepreneurial innovation, spirits, fermented, and non-alcoholic beverage, and advanced beverage management, as well as a 2-credit online capstone project developed with input from faculty advisors and mentors.
- 4 credits consisting of three short residencies at the California and New York campuses held before the start of your first semester, after the completion of your second semester, and as your final semester concludes.
In the CIA’s Wine and Beverage Management master’s program, your online learning is augmented with in-person residencies at CIA’s California campus. You’ll get hands-on learning and real-world experience in the heart of Napa Valley. There’s no better place to learn the intricacies of the wine industry.
- Visit world-renowned wineries where you’ll participate in interactive tastings and get hands-on field experience.
- Network with the industry’s leading vintners, winemakers, and distributors.
- Teambuilding and collaboration with classmates from diverse backgrounds.
- Take part in educational programs such as creative beverage and sensory seminars.
- Immerse yourself in the Napa Valley, the heart of wine country.
From the vineyard and winery field trips, and educational tasting sessions, to meeting and interacting with some of the wine and beverage industry’s most respected professionals, I feel that this residency experience was one of the most valuable components of the program.
—Jeffry Wiesinger, Wine and Beverage Management master’s student
The Wine and Beverage Management master’s degree at the CIA offers online learning via premium wine tasting kits delivered to your door, allowing you to participate in class from wherever you are.
Carefully curated by our expert faculty and reflecting the excellency standards synonymous with the CIA, tasting kits are comprised of 24–36 global wines per semester. You’ll learn the complexities of wine identification, sensory analyses, and master the intricacies of food and wine pairings.
Choosing the CIA for your Wine and Beverage Management master’s degree makes perfect sense. We’ve been educating successful wine, beverage, and hospitality professionals for decades, helping to launch and advance thousands of careers of wine and beverage leaders. The CIA’s Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the CIA’s Greystone campus—where you’ll visit during your residencies—is a state-of-the art wine education center. Home to innovative educational offerings, it boasts sensory classrooms designed for analyzing wines and beverages, wireless keypad response systems, built-in light boxes, and expectoration stations.
As a graduate of the CIA, you’ll instantly become a member of a 50,000-strong influential professional network of CIA alumni, paving the way for unparalleled career opportunity. You’ll also have lifelong access to career resources—including job listings, and Career Fair and networking events.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
“The CIA’s Wine and Beverage Management master’s degree is helping me grow my career in the wine industry. I’m making connections, learning about the hospitality industry, and being challenged in unexpected ways. I am thankful for the online option, as it has allowed me to continue to work full-time while obtaining my master’s degree.”
—Emilie Lariviere, master’s in Wine and Beverage Management
“Finding the CIA’s Wine and Beverage Management program gave me the opportunity to change my career in a way I never thought possible. Enrolling at the CIA was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”
—Jennifer Weiss, master’s in Wine and Beverage Management
“Choosing to invest in my professional development with the Wine and Beverage Management master’s program was easy. Online classes let me maintain my career while furthering my education, and I’m applying this new knowledge directly to my job.”
—Lauren Balak, master’s in Wine and Beverage Management
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