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Finding Your Career Path in the Wine Industry in Oregon

There are many educational and training opportunities in Oregon for those who wish to enter the wine industry. These programs range from 1-4 years to complete. Learn more about those opportunities here

Undergraduate Degrees

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)

The Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University offers a B.S. in Horticulture with a Viticulture & Enology option. Similarly, the Department of Food Science & Technology offers a BS in Food Science with an option in Enology & Viticulture. Students who take either of these programs will be prepared for a professional career in the winegrape industry. Both provide a traditional four-year undergraduate program where students will be involved in coursework in various disciplines, depending on which major and degree option you choose. The two options are truly interdisciplinary and involve overlapping coursework in certain areas of horticulture and food science. Please see the information on our website for course lists.  As part of both programs, students will participate in an internship where they can find positions in commercial vineyards and/or wineries.

Post-Baccalaureate Program (Post-Bacc)

Post-baccalaureate students are those students that enter the undergraduate program with a previously earned B.S. or B.A. degree. This program allows them to complete the undergraduate program (B.S.) in fewer than 4-years, depending on the degree previously obtained and coursework taken within that degree program. In some cases, students have been able to graduate with a B.S. in about 1.5 to 2 years.

If you have questions about the viticulture undergraduate program, please contact Kelly Donegan, student academic advisor for the Department of Horticulture.
If you are interested in enology, please contact Dan Smith, academic advisor for the Department of Food Science & Technology

To find out more about applying to the BS or Post-Bacc Programs, please see Oregon State University Admissions Office.

Graduate programs in Viticulture and Enology are in the College of Agricultural Sciences, and undergraduate options in Viticulture, Enology, and Fermentation Science prepare students for the world of viticulture and wine production. The VITIS Club at Oregon State University gives students the opportunity for hands-on vineyard management and winemaking at the research vineyard and pilot plant.