Programs Offered

The VESTA program is designed and implemented as a technical certificate and two-year degree program to train individuals for employment in the grape and wine industry.  The VESTA program delivers online advanced viticulture and enology courses that enable students to learn anytime, anywhere.

VESTA provides a foundation in the science, mathematics, and technology skills needed for a productive career in the grape and wine industry.  Upon completion of an Associate of Applied Science degree, articulation agreements will enable transfer of credits toward either a Bachelor of Applied Science or a Bachelor of Science with accredited universities.  Upon completion of a Bachelor degree, students may wish to further build upon the foundation established in the VESTA program as they pursue a Master of Science degree.

Educational Paths

Continuing Education

For those individuals that are interested in expanding their understanding on a single topic or just getting an taste of online learning, VESTA offers students the opportunity to take courses as a continuing education student.  Should the student wish to earn a certificate or AAS degree in the future, they can apply all credits previously earned.

Certificate Program

VESTA offers two certificate program tracks: Enology and Viticulture. Each track consists of 27 -33 credit hours of technical course content. 

Associate of Applied Science Program

An Associate of Applied Science degree can be earned with the addition of 30 hours of general education courses from topics including but not limited to, English, mathematics, and political science.  Students interested in pursuing an AAS degree should contact the VESTA Program Office for further information.

Bachelor of Applied Science

Students who complete the AAS degree can work with institutions within their area to articulate the VESTA courses into a BS or BAS degree program.

Masters of Science

Students who possess a baccalaureate degree may apply for admission to the Missouri State University Graduate College.  Through the Darr College of Agriculture, these students can pursue a Master of Science degree in Plant Science.   Students interested in the MS degree program should contact the graduate program director of the MS in Plant Science program in the Darr College of Agriculture before applying for admission through the Graduate College.