New & Noteworthy

Professional Brew Management Degree—New to the Ferris State University College of Business

May 19, 2016


pbm-sectThe Ferris State University Board of Trustees has approved a unique new degree for the College of Business. Starting in the Fall of 2016, students can earn an Associate of Applied Science in Professional Brew Management.

The program curriculum provides the necessary knowledge, leadership skills, and professionalism to prepare students for craft brewing and craft brewery operations management. Those seeking the degree will complete a 400 hour minimum internship in a brewing operation and have the opportunity to participate in a short-term Study Abroad course. This combination of practical in-class education with field experience will allow graduates to fill the need for professionals in the emerging craft beer and brewery segment of the hospitality industry.

“The Associate of Applied Science in Professional Brew Management will offer Ferris students a nationally-unique degree and provide entry into one of the fastest-growing segments of the restaurant industry,” states Paul Blake, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

The Hospitality Management Program, the parent program offering the new degree, is a member of the American Homebrewers Association and recently achieved membership in the Michigan Craft Distillers Association.

The associate degree can be attained by itself, or in conjunction with the Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management. Students may also earn four nationally recognized professional certifications as part of their studies: ServSafe Manager, TIPS (Training in Intervention Procedures Alcohol Management), Certified Beer Server, and Certified Cicerone.

If you are interested in learning more about this program, preliminary information can be found on the Hospitality page. For a list of classes necessary for the degree see the course catalog entry.


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