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The Culinary Institute of America

  • Bachelor's Degree: Culinary Arts Management

    To be a leader in the increasingly complex and ever-changing foodservice industry, you must be a skilled culinarian, an astute businessperson, and a creative trendsetter. In the CIA's Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) in Culinary Arts Management degree program, you will gain the ideal management and cultural knowledge for careers in management, or for creating your own business in the future. And, after you complete your CIA associate degree, you can complete this bachelor’s degree program in just 17 months.

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    After completing your CIA associate degree in culinary arts, in the junior and senior years of this bachelor's degree program you will:


    Prerequisites for Admission

    You must have an associate degree in culinary arts from The Culinary Institute of America to be accepted into this program.



    Required Liberal Arts Courses (24 Credits)

    Math/Science (Select one)
    College Algebra
    Introduction to Statistics
    Science Fundamentals
    Survey of Mathematics
    3 credits
    Literature and Composition
    3 credits
    History (Select two)
    History and Cultures of Asia
    History and Cultures of Europe
    History and Cultures of the Americas
    6 credits
    Social Science (Select two, one must be Macro or Microeconomics)
    Anthropology of Food
    Principles of Macroeconomics
    Principles of Microeconomics
    Psychology of Human Behavior
    Social Psychology
    6 credits
    Foreign Language (Select two of the same language in sequence)
    Elementary Chinese I
    Elementary Chinese II
    Elementary French I
    Elementary French II
    Elementary Italian I
    Elementary Italian II
    Elementary Spanish I
    Elementary Spanish II
    Intermediate French
    Intermediate Italian
    Intermediate Spanish
    6 credits

    Liberal Arts Electives (3 Credits)

    Select one
    American Freedom: A People's History of the Constitution
    Ancient Foods in a Modern World: Latin American Crops in the Global Arena
    Ecology of Food
    Feasting and Fasting in Latin America
    Introduction to Creative Writing
    Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art
    Reading Film
    A Sense of Place: Critical Perspectives on the California Wine Industry
    Shakespeare: Play and Performance
    3 credits

    Required Business Management Courses (15 Credits)

    Financial Accounting
    3 credits
    Foodservice Management
    3 credits
    Human Resource Management
    3 credits
    Marketing and Promoting Food
    3 credits
    Finance or Managerial Accounting3 credits

    Business Management Electives (9 Credits)

    Select three
    Advanced Principles of Service Management in Hospitality
    Beverage Operations Management
    Business Planning
    Consumer Behavior
    Current Issues in Hospitality Technology
    Foodservice Management in Health Care
    Foodservice Technology
    Introduction to Entrepreneurship
    Leadership and Ethics
    Organizational Behavior
    Personal Finance
    9 credits

    Additional Required Course (3 Credits)

    Advanced Cooking3 credits

    Free Electives (9 Credits)

    Select three
    Advanced Wine Studies
    Brewed: History, Culture, and Production
    Field Experience and Action Plan
    Food and Cultures
    Global Cuisines and Cultures
    Honors Thesis Seminar
    Introduction to Food Jobs
    Professional Food Writing
    Science of Nutrition
    Senior Thesis: Culinary Arts
    Spirits and Principles of Mixology
    Women in Leadership
    9 credits
    Total Credits: 63 Junior/Senior Year
    *The foreign language requirement must be fulfilled by the end of junior year. † For students starting the BPS program prior to May 2014. Students entering the BPS program in May 2014 or after should refer to the August 2014 addendum to this catalog, which will be available on the CIA website. Note: Not all electives will be offered each semester. For the most current list of elective offerings, please check CIA Main Menu (the student web portal).



    Culinary School Costs

    The CIA is very committed to making your CIA education as affordable as possible. Our costs are comparable to similar colleges, and here's even better news—approximately 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid.

    Don't let applying for financial assistance keep you from going to the world's premier culinary college. No matter what your individual circumstances are, we will work with you to help make attending the CIA an affordable investment in your future in the world of food.



    Great Food Careers Start Here

    With a CIA bachelor's degree, you don’t just have a foot in the door—you have thousands of feet in the door. Our alumni are an accomplished, supportive network throughout the industry, whatever your career goals. You can:

    And with so many possibilities out there, our Career Services staff is ready to help you every step of the way, not only for that ideal first job, but for a lifetime of great opportunities. There’s no network like the CIA network!

    The list of celebrated CIA alumni is as diverse as it is extensive. They’ve found success doing what they love. They fully embraced the idea that Food is Life®.

    Now it’s your turn.

  • Gretchen Thomas, CIA culinary arts alumni, is Wine and Spirits Director at Barcelona Wine Bar.

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