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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 B.S. in Food Science with an option in Enology & Viticulture. Students who take either of these programs will be prepared to begin a professional career in the winegrape industry. Both provide a traditional four-year undergraduate program where students are involved in coursework that covers various disciplines important to the career field, depending on which major and degree option is chosen. The two options are interdisciplinary and involve overlapping coursework in 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 internships that allow them hands-on experience in commercial vineyards and 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. Students typically complete the degree requirements in 1 to 3 years, depending on the prior degree. Students with prior science-related degrees are able to graduate in about 1.5 to 2 years. 

To find out more about applying to the B.S. or Post-Bacc Programs, please see Oregon State University Admissions Office. If you have questions about the B.S. and Post-Bacc options, contact the following academic based on the curriculum you wish to pursue:

Viticulture: Kelly Donegan, student academic advisor for the Department of Horticulture
Enology: Dan Smith, academic advisor for the Department of Food Science & Technology

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.