Brewing Science Certificate Frequently Asked Questions

Application Questions

When is my application due?
Applications for Fall 2016 are due by August 1st, 2016.

Do I need to take the GRE or GMAT?
No. Neither the GRE nor GMAT is required for admission.

Have I satisfied the required pre-requisites?
The following courses at USciences fulfill the degree pre-requisites (“and” denotes a required course pairing):

Biology – BS103 or BS130
Chemistry – CH101 and CH102 or CH111 and CH112
Physics – PY201 and PY202
Math – MA101 or MA107

To determine whether your coursework is equivalent, you may find a resource from the Transfer Office to be helpful.  Please note that no credits need to be transferred.  This is just a helpful tool to view equivalencies that will serve as pre-requisites.

When will I hear from someone regarding my application?
We review applications on a rolling basis. We will notify you of your acceptance as soon as we make a decision. If the program is full, you may be placed on a waiting list in case space becomes available. If no space becomes available, you will be accepted for enrollment in the following year.

Program Questions

Is this an online certificate program?
No. In order to train the best new employees for the brewing industry, we require hands-on laboratory courses in our state-of-the-art pilot brewery. In addition, we strive to accelerate your career growth by connecting you with industry experts through personal interactions during internships and coursework.

When do classes meet?
All classes meet once a week from 6-9p.m.  An exception is the Microbiology of Beer lab which runs during the condensed Summer Session I schedule.  As a result, the section will meet twice a week in the evening for this course only.  For the Project in Brewing Science course, students will conduct independent research outside of class.  They will also use our pilot brewing lab on their own schedule, with weekend use available.  The internship work schedule will be set at the discretion of the internship host site supervisor.  Please consult the Academic Calendar for semester start and end dates.

Is there flexibility in course scheduling/degree delivery?
USciences offers two degree delivery options: 1+ or 2+ year(s) of coursework, and a 120 hour internship in the final semester. More info. Course descriptions can be found on our Curriculum page

How can I get more information?
You may contact the program with additional questions at brewing [at] usciences [dot] edu

Enrollment Questions

Is there financial assistance available for this certificate program?
Certificate programs are not eligible for federal student loans. Students enrolling in a graduate level, non-degree program may be eligible for private educational loans. For more information on available loans, also referred to as Alternative Loans, please review the available information on the USciences Financial Aid website

As an enrolled USciences student, will I be required to provide health insurance information?
All on-campus students registered for 5 or more credits are required to enroll in the University Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). Students who are able to demonstrate comparable coverage may opt out of the SHIP. Visit for more information. Students committed to the 1+year option will only be required to provide health insurance documentation for semesters two (Spring) and three (Summer). Questions? Call 215.596.8536.