Brewing and Brewery Operations Program FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the program admissions requirements?

In addition to KPU’s general university admission requirements, including the undergraduate-level English Proficiency Requirements, the following program admission requirements apply for the Diploma in Brewing & Brewery Operations:

English 12 (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of C+

Chemistry 11(or equivalent) with a minimum grade of C+ (for the Fall 2016 intake)

Pre-calculus 11 or Foundations of Mathematics 11 (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of C+

Portfolio Review including:

  • - Letters of reference or additional documents to enhance the application
  • - Cover Letter including:
    • - Reasons for interest in the program
    • - Career goals and how this program will factor in reaching those goals
    • - Experience with brewing and/or brewing-related industries (hospitality)
    • - Why applicant is an ideal candidate for this program
  • Resume containing:
    • - Work experience (particularly in the brewing, hospitality, or other related industry).
    • - Post-secondary and/or Continuing Education

Students are required to be a minimum of 19 years of age by the first day of classes. Selection will be made by an Admissions Selection Committee composed of faculty, staff, and external members of the Program Advisory Committee.

I am a mature student; do I still need to meet the high school admissions requirements?

Yes.  Regardless of your admissions category, you must complete the required prerequisites or their equivalencies.   Students who completed high school chemistry and mathematics more than 5 years ago are encouraged to review this content prior to starting the program.      

I do not meet the program admission requirements. Can I upgrade?

Yes.  KPU offers upgrading courses in English, mathematics and chemistry.  For more information about upgrading, please contact the Future Students Office.

Most school boards also offer high school courses through their adult education programs.  Please check your local school board website for more information.

Can I take the program on a part-time basis?

The diploma program is only offered on a full-time basis.  Classes within each semester have been designed to compliment each other and strengthen learning objectives and activities.

I am interested in the program, how do I apply?

Applications for this program open on November 1st of each year.

If you are new to KPU, you can apply by filling out the online application at  Click “Online application” and create an account.  When you get to the Program Selection page, choose Science and Horticulture under the Faculty area.  Once the application session is open, the Brewing and Brewery Operations Diploma Program will be available in the drop down menu.   Once you have officially submitted your application, you must submit official transcripts and a portfolio. Please review the Portfolio Submission instructions.  The deadline to submit all required documentation is March 31st however, we recommend you submit documents as soon as possible.

When are the admissions deadlines?

The early admission deadline for this program is March 1.  Applications received after this deadline may be considered if space in the program is available.

I’m not done upgrading, can I still apply?

Applicants have until March 31st to submit final transcripts for any courses they are upgrading. If upgrading extends beyond March 31st, applicants may be offered a seat, if one is still available. It is important to mention that you are upgrading in your portfolio as this is an important factor in applicant selection. 

How much does it cost to complete the program?

For domestic students, the program will cost approximately $9,000 per year inclusive of additional equipment and textbooks. International students will pay approximately $18,000 per year.

Is this program eligible for student loans?

Yes. You can apply for student loans by visiting  Please contact KPU’s Student Awards and Financial Assistance office at

Are there any scholarships, bursaries or awards for this program? 

KPU offers a variety of scholarships, bursaries and awards which are available to all students.  There are a few specific scholarships for brewing students and we hope to grow this number as the program grows.  For information on what awards are available and application deadlines, please visit the Student Awards Guide.   

When will I know I’ve been accepted to the program?

The deadline for submission of all required documentation is March 31st, therefore successful applicants will be notified shortly after.   


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