Brewing, Certificate | Part time online | University of California, Davis | United States
20 months
7920 USD/year
7920 USD/year
7920 USD/year
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The best Brewing program in the nation is now available online! The University of California, Davis has adapted the popular Master Brewers Certificate Program to now be available in an easily accessible online format. Through highly produced, pre-recorded lectures and scheduled, live class sessions, you’ll receive industry-recognized training that will help you turn your passion into a career.


Over seven courses, you’ll receive in-depth training in brewing science and brewery engineering topics, including malting, mashing, brewing, fermentation and finishing, fluid flow, heat and mass transfer, solid-liquid separation, sensory science and more.

Students explore these subject areas through professional-level equivalents of University of California, Davis degree-program courses and expand their brewing knowledge through assigned reading and writing exercises.

And for those looking to supplement their online training with hands-on experience, we also offer an optional, week-long bootcamp at our state-of-the-art August A Busch III Brewing and Food Science Laboratory.

What You’ll Learn

Lectures and live class discussions are designed to provide you with an understanding of:

  • Grain handling, malting, malt analysis and their effects in brewing
  • Brewhouse processes and the control of wort quality
  • Yeast and fermentation processes and their effects on beer quality
  • Finishing beer, sterilization of beer and packaging technology
  • Flow of fluids in pipes and through pumps in a brewery setting
  • Heat transfer and the effects of insulation and fouling on efficiency
  • Theory and practice of carbonation, including mixed gas technology
  • Theory and practice of refrigeration in the brewery
  • Beer flavor and sensory science

How You’ll Benefit

Become a knowledgeable, thoughtful, accomplished and professional practical brewer who is eagerly sought by employers in today’s brewing industry. Upon completion of the program, you will be prepared to:

  • Evaluate and select raw materials for specific brewing objectives and product qualities. Efficiently and safely operate the brewhouse for wort production. Manage yeast and fermentation to meet product objectives, and finish and package the product to contemporary standards of excellence. Conduct a quality assurance program suited to the brewery and product mix.
  • Design a brewery unit, or offer educated input to a brewery design team. Wisely select, or help to select, equipment from among several choices. Oversee installation of it to contemporary standards. Make logical and useful evaluations of processes used in a brewery and select appropriate options.
  • Undertake a wide variety of problem-solving tasks related to product quality, process efficiency or plant design.
  • Apply sensory science principles and techniques to inform everyday product and process decisions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Raw Materials and Wort Production
  • Beer Production and Microbiology
  • Brewery Cellar and Lab Operations
  • Brewery Engineering
  • Beer Packaging
  • Sensory Science of Beer
  • Beer Quality, Safety and Sustainability

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 20 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • Applications are reviewed and accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Early application submission is encouraged.





Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • While a degree is not required for acceptance to this program, college-level work in the subject areas listed below is required for success in the program.
  • All minimum prerequisites must be completed in advance of applying. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.

You must be able to provide transcripts documenting the math requirement and at least two other subject areas:

  • Mathematics: pre-calculus
  • Biological sciences: microbiology, cell physiology or biochemistry
  • Chemistry: general, organic, inorganic or analytical
  • Physics: heat and mechanics or process control
  • Engineering: topics in mechanical or chemical engineering

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    7920 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13200 USD for the full programme during 20 months.
  • National

    7920 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13200 USD for the full programme during 20 months.
  • In-State

    7920 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13200 USD for the full programme during 20 months.


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