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Brewing Science & Operations: Application Procedure

Interested students are strongly encouraged to contact the Program Director, Clark A. Danderson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Horst Schulze School of Hospitality Management. Clark A. Danderson, PhD can be reached at

Below is the information you will need to complete your initial application to the Graduate Certificate Program.

Students have two options when applying for the program:

  1. The Graduate Certificate in Brewing Science and Operations (18 credit hours).
    Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate Program and who have maintained at least a 3.0 GPA can then continue onto the MS Program.
  2. Master of Science in Brewing Science and Operations (33 credit hours).
    Students who successfully complete all course requirements will be awarded the Graduate Certificate Program at the end of year one and the MS at the end of year two.
All students are strongly encouraged to apply for the MS Program in the first instance and make their progress determination at the end of year one.

All those applying for the GC only must apply as a non-degree seeking graduate student through the Graduate School. The GC online application form can be accessed here. Similarly, the MS online application form can be accessed here.

  • Attached to this application you must provide the following:
    • Your official Four-Year Degree Undergraduate Transcripts showing Grade Point Average. This must be ordered online and sent directly to the Auburn University Graduate School.
    • Three letters of recommendation from referees, who are familiar with your work ethic, interest in brewing, and ability to be successful in a graduate program. A mix of personal, professional and/or academic is acceptable.
    • A personal statement expressing your reasons for pursuing either program – 1500 words max. This must be sent via email to the Program Director.
    • A current (up to date) resume describing the features of your background that prepare you for graduate study in Brewing Science (e.g., education, previous employment, and honors and awards. This must be sent via email to the Program Director.
    • TOEFL scores (international students only). A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper test) or 213 (computerized) or 79 (internet-based test) plus a minimum of 16 on the listening, reading, speaking, and writing components are required to be considered for admission.)
    • The GRE is not required to apply for either program of study.

While the application system remains open year-round, the annual application and review process opens February 1 each year and closes when all available slots have been filled. The review process will begin early March with a view to notifying successful applicants by mid-April. Because enrollment is limited to 25 students each year (15 GC and 10 MS or 25 MS total), early application is encouraged. Early applicants will be given preference over later applications. Late applicants may be considered if available positions are not filled.

Current graduate 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 Director of their intent to pursue the graduate certificate before completion of their degree program.

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Graduate Certificate Program

The cost of the Graduate Certificate Program is $18,000.

The program will cost $1,000 per enrolled credit hour.

Additionally, students must pay the normal Auburn University Graduate Application fee ($60 in the U.S. and $70 for International applicants). Course fees are assessed on a semester-to-semester basis and if not paid by the due date, will lead to a hold being placed on your registration. This hold will prevent you from taking any further classes until lifted. 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.

Master of Science Program

The total cost of the MS Program is $31,650.
The program will cost $1,000 per enrolled credit hour for each of the following courses:

  • HOSP7100 (3) The Business of Brewing
  • HOSP7110 (3) Brewing Materials
  • HOSP7120 (3) Science of Brewing I
  • HOSP7130 (3) Science of Brewing II
  • HOSP7140 (3) Facilities and Operations
  • HOSP7910 (3) Practicum in Brewing Science
  • HOSP7150 (3) Brewing Microbiology
  • HOSP7160 (3) Applied Engineering in Brewing
  • HOSP7170 (3) Beer Distribution Systems
  • HOSP7180 (3) Quality Management & Brewing Analytics

The following course will cost $550 per enrolled credit hour.

  • HOSP7980 (3) Non-thesis Research

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For additional information please address all inquiries to:

Clark A. Danderson, PhD
Assistant Professor/Director of Brewing Science and Operations
Horst Schulze School of Hospitality Management
332A Spidle Hall
Auburn University
Auburn, Al 36849