The Culinary Institute of America

  • Put Your Bachelor’s Degree on the Fast Track

    Save Time and Money by Transferring up to 36 Credits.

    Bachelor’s Fast Track allows you to get credit for an entire semester or more, pay less tuition, and shorten your degree time. You can transfer credits into any of our bachelor’s-level majors:

    • Management (132 credit, eight semester program)
    • Culinary Science (132 credit, eight semester program)
    • Applied Food Studies (120 credit, seven semester program)

    By applying relevant credits earned (AP or college), life achievement, and select exam results to your degree education, you can earn your degree faster and put your education to work!

    How can you qualify?

    1. Complete your application for admission. Be sure to indicate on your application if you wish to be considered for Bachelor’s Fast Track.
    2. Submit official copies of all your high school and/or college transcripts.

    That’s it! Once your application is complete and you’ve been accepted into the CIA, you will automatically be reviewed for transfer credits. Within three weeks of your acceptance, the college will send you an e-mail with the results of your transfer credit evaluation.

    Check out several transfer credit scenarios and learn more about our transfer policies.

    Applied Food Studies:
    Student A completed 11 courses (or 33 credits) at another college. The student took:

    Earned Credit:
    Literature & Composition
    Statistics
    Macroeconomics
    Spanish I & II
    European & U.S. History courses
    Psychology
    Sociology
    Public Policy
    Business Management
    Satisfies CIA Requirement for:
    Literature & Composition
    Math/Science course
    Economics course
    Foreign Language I & II
    History & Cultures I & II
    Social Science
    Liberal Arts Elective
    Free Elective
    Free Elective

    With these courses approved for transfer credit, Student A will be able to finish the CIA bachelor’s degree program in five semesters, saving more than $57,000 in tuition, board, and housing costs.

     

    Culinary Science:
    Student B completed four courses (or 12 credits) at another college. The student received transfer credit for:

    Earned Credit:
    Literature & Composition
    Introduction to Statistics
    Macroeconomics
    French I
    Satisfies CIA Requirement for:
    Literature & Composition
    Math/Science course
    Economics course
    Foreign Language I

    Based on the eligible credits, Student B will be able to complete the CIA bachelor’s degree program in seven semesters, saving more than $19,000 in tuition, board, and housing costs.

     

    Management:
    Scenario #1:
    Student C completed two semester’s worth of courses (or 30 credits) at another college. This student took:

    Earned Credit:
    College Algebra
    Microeconomics
    Italian I & II
    European & U.S. History courses
    Psychology
    Creative Writing
    Financial Accounting
    Consumer Behavior
    Satisfies CIA Requirement for:
    Math/Science course
    Economics course
    Foreign Language I & II
    History & Cultures I & II
    Social Science
    Liberal Arts Elective
    Financial Accounting
    Business Management course (elective)

    With these courses approved for transfer credit, Student C is eligible to complete the CIA bachelor’s degree program in six semesters, saving more than $38,000 in tuition, board, and housing costs.

    Scenario #2:
    Student D is a recent high school graduate. While in high school, Student D took the following placement tests and earned credits at his/her local community college as follows:

    Earned Credit:
    AP Psychology (score of 4)
    CLEP Exam: Literature & Composition
    Algebra
    Statistics
    Satisfies CIA Requirement for:
    Social Science
    Literature & Composition
    Math/Science
    Liberal Arts Elective

    Student D also attended a high school that has an articulation agreement with the CIA, which means that he/she will receive transfer credit for Food Safety.

    Based on the eligible credits, Student D will be able to complete the CIA bachelor’s degree program in seven semesters, saving more than $19,000 in tuition, board, and housing costs.

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