The World Brewing Academy (WBA) Advanced Brewing Theory (ABT) Program consists of three modules. These modules can be taken separately, campus or online, if one elects to complete the program over a period of time. Throughout the duration of this program, students are taught by the instructional staff of the World Brewing Academy, drawing on the talents of some of the most knowledgeable brewing scientists, technologists and brewmasters in the world.
The online and campus options differ by distinctive advantages. The campus option allows students to participate in vibrant classroom discussions and develop close networks with fellow students and instructors while enjoying the beer culture of Chicago, as well as scheduled field trips to a regional maltster and local breweries to reinforce the learning points.
The online option allows students to advance through the program at their own pace, and from the comfort of their own office or home without the need to travel and incurring expenses for food and lodging, but still being able to participate in a "virtual" classroom. Student progress is actively monitored throughout the program, and students are also able to access the online tutors via email and chat sessions as well. The average time spent studying is normally 7-10 hours per week but depends on the individual as well.