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Professional Brew Management

Degree Type: Associate in Applied Science
College(s): College of Business

Why Choose Professional Brewing Management?

This degree prepares students for management positions in the fast-changing and competitive craft brewing industry.  The degree is designed with a business-management focus complimented with professional brew management courses. The curriculum is carefully balanced between theory and practice, giving students many opportunities for group projects, case studies, and individual presentations. The curriculum provides the necessary knowledge, leadership skills, and professionalism that will prepare students for craft brewing and craft brewery operations management.

Students will have the opportunity to become nationally certified in several key skill areas as part of their required course work for this degree. At the completion of this degree program, students will have earned an Associate of Applied Science in Professional Brew Management, and will have the opportunity to earn four nationally recognized professional certifications: ServSafe Manager, TIPS (Training in Intervention Procedures Alcohol Management), Certified Beer Server, and Certified Cicerone. All students graduating from the program are required to complete a minimum of one 400 hour internship in a brewing operation. The internship ensures a balance between classroom learning and real-world experiences and often opens doors to fulltime employment following graduation. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a short-term Study Abroad course.

This Professional Brewing Management Associate degree can stand alone, or lead into the Hospitality Management Bachelor degree.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the FSU Professional Brewing Management Associate of Applied Science Degree with its business emphasis are prepared to pursue careers in the emerging craft beer and brewery segment of the hospitality industry. Graduates of the PBMT AAS program may also find successful careers managing restaurants, consulting, or in beverage sales and distribution. 

Admission Requirements

New Students: 2.5 high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and two of the three criteria below: (1) English ACT score of 16 or higher, or SAT Writing score of 370 or higher; (2) Math ACT score of 19 or higher, or SAT Math score of 460 or higher; (3) Reading ACT score of 19 or higher, or SAT Reading score of 430 or higher.

Transfer Students: Combined college or university GPA of 2.35 (on a 4.0 scale) from all institutions attended. GPA is based on completion of 12 credit hours or more. Transfer equivalency for FSU's ENGL 150 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT English score of 16 or higher; Compass score 70 – 100. Transfer equivalency for FSU's MATH 115 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT Math score of 19 or higher; Compass Algebra score 46 - 74 and high school Algebra with 2.0.

Exceptions for New and Transfer Students: Applicants not meeting the above criteria but having a 2.35 high school GPA and at least a 16 ACT in math and reading and a 13 ACT in English (2.00 overall GPA for transfer students) can be considered for conditional admission in the COB Pre-Business program (PBUS), Pre-Professional Tennis Management (PPTM), Pre-Marketing (PMKT), or Pre-Hospitality Management (PHMT). Any mitigating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis by the College of Business dean’s office.

Pre-program students must complete a minimum of 12 FSU credits (excluding developmental courses) with a 2.35 GPA; courses must include ENGL 150 and MATH 115 before being considered for admission into their program of choice. Students must meet admission criteria for their chosen degree program by the time they have earned 30 credits.

More Information:

Additional guidance can be found on the College of Business Webpage under the Admissions tab.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here:

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives:

Graduation Requirements

The Brewing Management program at Ferris leads to an associate in applied science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in core classes, in the major and overall.

More Information:

Hospitality Programs
West Commons 106
1319 Cramer Circle
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-2382

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Professional Brew Management Requirements - 61 Credits

Major Courses - 27 Credits
Principles of Food Science
Sanitation and Safety
Brew Management Level 1
Bar & Beverage Management
Purchasing for F&B Operations
Hospitality Cost Controls
Brew Management Level 2
Brew Equipment and Processes
HSMG Internship I
1 TO 3
Business Courses - 9 Credits
Princ. of Financial Accounting
Small Business Management
Mgmt Metrics & Decision Making

University General Education

Communication Competence -9 Credits
Choose One COMM course:
Interpersonal Communication
Small Group Decision Making
English 1
Choose One ENGL course:
Industrial and Career Writing
English 2
Scientific Understanding - 4 Credits
Lab Science Elective
Quantitative Skills - 3-4 Credits
Note: If MATH ACT score =24+, substitute a general education elective OR CLEP
Choose One:
Quantitative Reason for Pro 2
Intermediate Algebra
Cultural Enrichment - 3 Credits
Cultural Enrichment Elective
Social Awareness - 3 Credits
Principles of Macroeconomics
General Education Elective - 2-3 Credits