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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 coursework 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 full-time employment following graduation. 

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 SAT Scores:

  • 2.5 High School GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Two of the Three Criteria:   
  1. SAT ERW score of 450 or higher
  2. SAT Math score of 500 or higher.  Placement in MATH 109/110 will be considered (SAT MATH score of 480 or higher).
  3. SAT Composite of 900 or higher

New Students ACT Scores:

  • 2.5 High School GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Two of the Three Criteria:
  1. ACT English score of 16 or higher
  2. ACT Math score of 19 or higher
  3. ACT Reading score of 19 or higher

Transfer Students: 

  • Combined college or university GPA of 2.35 (on a 4.0 scale) from all institutions attended.  GPA based on completion of 12 credit hours or more.  Developmental courses will not be considered in computing the GPA requirement.
  • Transfer equivalency for FSU ENGL 150 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT English score of 16 or higher; or SAT ERW score of 450 or higher; or Accuplacer English score of 6 or higher. 
  • Transfer equivalency for FSU MATH 114/115 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT MATH score of 19 or higher; SAT MATH of 500 or higher; or Accuplacer Math scores:  Elementary Algebra score 75 or higher and College Level Math 0-49.

Exceptions for New and Transfer Students:

Applicants not meeting the above criteria MAY be considered for an approved Associates Degree if:

  • High School GPA of 2.35 or higher
  • Math ACT score of 16/SAT Math 430 and additional high school algebra
  • ACT Reading score of 16 and ACT English score of 14 or a comparable SAT ERW score to be determined.
  • SAT Composite score of 860 or ACT composite score of 15.

Any mitigating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis by the College of Business Dean’s Office/SAA.

More Information:

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

General Education Requirements

All University General Education requirements for an Associate’s degree is here

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

 Consult the Required Course above or program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.

Graduation Requirements

  • Maintain a 2.00 cumulative GPA in all FSU courses.
  • Have 15 credits of FSU Classes (FSU Residency requirement).
  • Have a minimum 60 total credits to earn an associate degree.
  • Must maintain a 2.00 GPA in major courses.

NOTICE: Students who return to the university after an interrupted enrollment (not including summer semester) must normally meet the requirements of the curriculum, which are in effect at the time of their return, not the requirements which were in effect when they were originally admitted.

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