The online Distilled Spirits Business Certificate is designed for current or future distilled spirits professionals who want to gain broad-based knowledge about business operations within the industry.
Offered by the College of Business, the online UofL Distilled Spirits Business Certificate* blends an industry born of tradition with a university that fosters innovation. Louisville and the surrounding region are home to many of the most storied companies and most innovative start-ups in the U.S. distilled spirits industry. There is no better place to learn the business of the distilled spirits industry than from a university located in its epicenter.
Developed in partnership with industry experts, we offer a one-of-a-kind curriculum that features the most relevant knowledge, skills, and awareness for accelerating your success in the booming distilled spirits industry.
*Bachelor’s degree required
No matter where you are in the world, learn from the masters of the U.S. distilled spirits industry.Learn More
The certificate program is made up of only 6 courses (18 credit hours), taken 2 at a time.Learn More
Finish in as little as 15 weeks by taking two courses every five weeks (effective Spring 2020).
"The Distilled Spirits Business Certificate is a unique educational offering that has been designed to serve our students, the industry and the Louisville area. We are aligning the certificate program with the needs of distilled spirits organizations to develop a mutually beneficial talent pipeline that serves our business community and our students."
$764 per credit hour
Special rates are available for active-duty military. Inquire to learn more.
The distilled spirits industry has been rapidly growing for more than a decade. In Kentucky alone, the industry is responsible annually for $8.5 billion of economic output, between 15,000 and 17,500 jobs, and $800 million in payroll (Kelly, Kornstein, & Marshall, 2017).
Based on previous education and professional experience, graduates would be well suited for any number of professional positions in business operations, including logistics planner, pricing analyst, data analyst, supply chain manager, marketing specialist, social media manager, promotion specialist, sales manager, distribution coordinator, corporate social responsibility manager, visitor center manager, financial operations accountant, tax accountant, brand ambassador, and more.
|Application Deadline||Term||Start Date|
|August 9||Fall||August 19|
|December 16||Spring||January 6|
To enroll in the online Distilled Spirits Business Certificate offered by the College of Business at the University of Louisville, you must apply as a graduate non-degree seeking student and meet the following requirements:
Note: GMAT/GRE scores are not required for admission.
Send all materials to:
University of Louisville
2211 S. Brook Street
Louisville, KY 40292
For more information on the admission and application process, please contact our Online Learning Enrollment Counselor at 800.871.8635 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The online Distilled Spirits Business Certificate consists of 6 courses (9 hours), delivered in 5-week terms. Courses are offered each fall and spring semester.
|SPIR 610 Distilled Spirits Industry Overview & Regulatory Issues||1.5|
|SPIR 620 Distilled Spirits Finance Fundamentals||1.5|
|SPIR 630 Distilled Spirits Operations & Supply Chain||1.5|
|SPIR 640 Sustainability in the Distilled Spirits Industry||1.5|
|SPIR 650 Spirit Brand Marketing||1.5|
|SPIR 660 Three-Tier System of Alcohol Distribution||1.5|
|TOTAL CREDIT HOURS||9|
SPIR 610 Distilled Spirits Industry Overview & Regulatory Issues
Students will be introduced to an overview of the distilled spirits industry, covering industry outlook, economic impact, and key historical development. Students also will learn about key regulatory agencies and the regulations governing the industry, including spirits formulary, permits, labeling, advertising, and trademark.
SPIR 620 Distilled Spirits Finance Fundamentals
Students will be exposed to the finance fundamentals of the distilled spirits industry. They will learn how to project sales (including volume and pricing, distributor incentives, and marketing and promotion budgets). The course will also cover competitor price analysis, working capital, costs of production, and simple tax calculations.
SPIR 630 Distilled Spirits Operations & Supply Chain
Students will get an overview of the operations functions of the distilled spirits industry. They will be exposed to and apply critical elements of planning, sourcing, producing, and distributing spirits.
SPIR 640 Sustainability in the Distilled Spirits Industry
Students will learn about the broad array of sustainability issues in the distilled spirits industry and how they are essential to corporate social responsibility initiatives. Key topics include water, grain sources, barrel use (including forestry), energy, spent grains and emissions.
SPIR 650 Spirit Brand Marketing
Students will be introduced to and apply marketing principles driving the creation of a brand. Special attention will be paid to product differentiation, on-premise and off-premise markets, and responsible marketing.
SPIR 660 Three-Tier System of Alcohol Distribution
Students will get a broad overview of how the three-tier system operates as the route to market. Special attention will be focused on the distributor, which is the critical link between suppliers and consumer.