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Master Brewers Program

The Master Brewers Program is a unique, 18-week program that provides an in-depth understanding of brewing science and brewery engineering and prepares students to enter the brewing industry with the potential to rise to the highest levels of leadership within it. (The Professional Brewers Certificate Program duplicates the first 10 weeks of the Master Brewers Program.) Major topics covered in brewing science include malting, mashing, brewing, fermentation and finishing, while the brewery engineering subject matter focuses on fluid flow, heat and mass transfer, solid-liquid separation and more. Students explore these two fields through professional-level equivalents of UC Davis degree-program courses. In addition to such directed studies, students expand their brewing knowledge through assigned reading and writing exercises and visits to breweries in Northern California.

The Diploma in Brewing Examination (DBE)

Many students complete their Master Brewers Program education at UC Davis by taking the demanding Institute of Brewing and Distilling Diploma in Brewing Exam (IBD DBE) for which the Master Brewers Program is excellent preparation. Passing the examination is an internationally recognized standard of achievement and professional qualification for practical brewers, managers and executives in breweries and malting and allied industries. This challenging nine-hour, three-part examination, consisting of two papers in brewing science and one in brewery engineering, is administered annually to more than 300 candidates worldwide. The examination is written and graded by a distinguished panel of brewing academicians, brewery scientists and engineers selected by the IBD and impaneled as the Board of Examiners. The examination is held each year in June, immediately following the Master Brewers Program. UC Davis is an approved examination site.

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for individuals who desire a formal professional qualification in brewing science and engineering, either to enter the brewing industry or to advance within it, or for those in formal training programs at breweries. You should have some college education in science and/or engineering subjects. Practical experience is a plus, but not essential for admission at this level.


Complete application packages must include a completed application form, transcripts supporting the academic prerequisites, a resume listing any practical experience in brewing or a related field, and the application fee of $45.00. Applications are reviewed and accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Class size is limited so early application submission is encouraged.


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. Applicants 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

Those who cannot document pertinent experience in at least three of these areas will not be admitted to the program. Such students should prepare at least one year before entering the Master Brewers Program by taking appropriate courses at a local college.

Learn more about the minimum academic prerequisites, and check out our frequently asked questions.



The fee includes all texts, course materials, and Institute of Brewing & Distilling fees associated with the Diploma in Brewing Examination. A nonrefundable deposit of $1,000 and a nonrefundable $125 declaration of candidacy certificate fee are due at the time of acceptance to the program. The balance is due prior to the first day of the program. The fee does not include room and board. This program has been approved for V.A. educational benefits. If a student elects to take two or fewer exams, their tuition fee will be adjusted accordingly. All fees are subject to change.


Classes are held at the new state-of-the-art classroom facility located at Sudwerk Brewing Co. in Davis, California. While this world-class microbrewery is not a formal teaching facility, it does allow students the opportunity to observe brewing and packaging operations on Sudwerk’s 65-barrel Steinecker system as part of the curriculum.


If a request for withdrawal is received within the first five days of the class and all course materials are returned, a refund will be granted for tuition fees paid beyond the nonrefundable $1,125 deposit. No refunds will be granted after the fifth class day.

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The 2019 brewing programs are now full, but we encourage you to submit an application for placement on the waiting list. Applicants who are waitlisted will be offered admission to the program as space becomes available.

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“I owe where I am to the Master Brewers Program. It really helped get me on a career path, not just a job, a lifelong brewing career.”

Kevin Wright, founder and brewmaster, Third Space Brewing, Milwaukee, Wis.

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