• Accelerated Degree Option—Earn a CIA Degree in Just 15 Months!
  • Accelerated Degree Option

    Earn a CIA Degree in as Little as 15 Months!

    A unique opportunity for students with hands-on, professional kitchen experience.

    Great news! Your work experience in the food world may qualify you for transfer credits that will enable the CIA to waive the semester-long externship in our celebrated culinary arts and baking & pastry arts degree programs. If you have full-time foodservice work experience that features progressive levels of responsibility, the CIA Accelerated Degree Option is for you.

    Here’s what you need to qualify:

    • At least 2 1/2 years of post-high school, full-time foodservice experience
    • Demonstrated skill and achievement in a professional kitchen

    Here’s how to apply:

    1. Choose your campus—New York, California, or Texas.
    2. Submit your CIA application for admission.
    3. Complete the “Application for Externship Credit” form, where you can upload your:
      • Résumé
      • Additional professional letter of recommendation
      • Supporting information that demonstrates your experience—e.g., menus, photos, and/or links to social media sites like LinkedIn
    4. Interview with a CIA representative, as requested.

    You can submit your application for the Accelerated Degree Option externship waiver any time prior to, or before the end of, your first semester at the CIA. You’ll be notified of a decision within two weeks of the application decision. Please be aware that seats are limited for this unique offering, so apply now!