Graduate Certificate:
Brewing Science & Operations

Application Procedure

Interested students are strongly encouraged to contact the Program Director, Dr. Martin O'Neill, Endowed Bruno Professor & Head, Department of Nutrition, Dietetics & Hospitality Management via ( or phone (334-844-3264). A completed application packet must be submitted to the Auburn University Graduate School and includes online submission of the application form and payment of application fees.

You must apply through the Graduate School website,, for Certificate, Graduate-Brewing Sciences. If you have any questions concerning the application system, please reach out directly to Jennifer Lovelace, Graduate Admissions Office, via ( or phone (334-844-2134). Jennifer will be happy to assist in any way that she can. Upon completing your formal graduate school application you will hear back from the graduate school on your formal admission as a graduate student on the Graduate Certificate Program in Brewing Science and Operations at Auburn – look out for this email as you will need to accept the offer. Upon accepting the offer, you must notify me immediately such that your medical hold can be lifted.

Below is the information you will need to complete your online application to the Graduate Certificate Program:

  • Complete application form
  • Official Undergraduate Transcripts showing Grade Point Average. E-mail is the preferred submission method, but if this is not possible you may have hard copies mailed to the address below.
  • TOEFL scores (international students only). A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper test), 213 (computerized) or 79 (Internet-based test) plus a minimum of 16 on the listening, reading, speaking, and writing components is required to be considered for admission.

Additionally, you must forward the following information to the Program Director via email to

  • A personal statement (application letter) expressing your reasons for pursuing the Graduate Certificate Program in Brewing Science and Operations - maximum of 1,500 words.
  • A Statement of Accomplishments and Qualifications describing the features of your background that prepare you for graduate study in Brewing Science (e.g., education, previous employment, honors and awards).
  • Three letters of recommendation from references who are familiar with your work ethic, interest in brewing, and ability to be successful in a graduate program. A mix of professional, personal, or academic references will be fine.

The annual application process opens January 31 of each year. Applications will be accepted based upon available positions. The review process begins in early spring with a goal of notifying successful applicants upon review. As enrollment is limited early application is encouraged and early applicants receive priority in admissions. Degree seeking students who plan to add a graduate certificate to their current degree program do not need to apply for admission to the Graduate Certificate Program but must notify the program coordinator of their intent to pursue the Graduate Certificate before completion of their degree program.


The cost of the program is $18,000. This covers all course materials. It does not include your personal travel to and from the residency. The program consists of 18 credit hours; tuition is $920 per enrolled credit hour and a distance education fee of $80 per credit hour is charged. Additionally students must pay the normal Auburn University Graduate Application fee ($60 in the U.S. and $70 for International applicants). The balance will be assessed following enrollment for each successive semester of study. This program has been approved for Veterans Administration educational benefits. Please note that fees are subject to change. Normal university deadlines and requirements apply with respect to course/program withdrawal. No refunds will be granted beyond the publicized deadline.

IBD General Certificate in Brewing

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the Institute of Brewing and Distilling's (IBD) General Certificate / Diploma of Brewing examinations. Following an extensive review of our program, the IBD has developed a memorandum of understanding that clarifies this fact. In essence, Auburn has been approved as a testing center for the IBD. The General Certificate is the first stage in a sequence of courses leading ultimately to Master Brewer Certification and provides international recognition of a basic, underpinning knowledge and understanding in the principles of brewing operations. The General Certificate in Brewing has been designed for candidates who may have little or no formal academic or technical qualification. Typically a candidate will be employed as a senior operator or team leader in a brewery or packaging plant, however the scope of these examinations will enable candidates from smaller brewing operations to obtain this recognized qualification. This examination is open to anybody with interest in brewing or beer packaging. The exam is a measure of basic knowledge (theoretical and practical) underpinning brewing, packaging and associated operations. More information can be found at

For additional information please address inquiries to:

Martin O'Neill, PhD
Program Director
Nutrition, Dietetics and Hospitality Management
328 Spidle Hall
Auburn University
Auburn, AL 36849
O: 334 844 3264