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CIA Adds New Major to Its Degree Completion Program

College Launches Bachelor’s Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts

Hyde Park, NY – On the heels of the successful launch of its degree completion program in Culinary Arts in 2017, The Culinary Institute of America announces a sister Bachelor of Professional Studies degree in Baking and Pastry Arts.

Now being offered at the college’s New York campus, this chance to earn a valuable bachelor’s degree is designed for motivated students who have at least 30 eligible transfer credits earned at another college. Career changers and college students can use a broad range of college credits they have already earned to speed up their path to a rewarding career.

“The CIA’s degree completion options are the perfect way to take credits from a community college or other higher institution and turn them into a bachelor’s degree from the most respected and influential culinary college in the world,” says Dr. Michael Sperling, vice president for academic affairs. “And this newest offering in baking and pastry arts expands students’ career options as they look to enter the exciting food world.”

Students in the program will waste no time beginning the unparalleled hands-on baking and pastry education that only the CIA can provide, as their transfer credits will be applied toward liberal arts requirements and free electives. Supplementing their core courses, students will gain field experience during a full-semester internship and have an opportunity to participate in the college’s semester-away academic concentrations offered at campuses across the country and abroad, including Advanced Concepts in Baking and Pastry and Advanced Wine, Beverage, and Hospitality.

As with all CIA students, participants in this program will have access to the college’s career fairs. Several times a year, more than 130 leading restaurant, foodservice, and hospitality companies come to campus to actively recruit, knowing that students with a CIA education are primed for career success.

The bachelor’s degrees in Baking and Pastry Arts and Culinary Arts join existing majors in Food Business Management, Culinary Science, Applied Food Studies, and Hospitality Management. Select transfer and life achievement credits can be applied to these other bachelor’s degrees as well.

The college also offers associate degrees in Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts and an online master’s degree in Food Business. For more information or an application, visit or call 1-800-CULINARY.

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The Culinary Institute of America has begun offering a degree completion program in Baking & Pastry Arts. Career changers and other non-traditional students can now turn credits earned at other colleges into a CIA bachelor’s degree and a rewarding career in the baking and pastry field. (Photo credit: CIA/Phil Mansfield)
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About The Culinary Institute of America:

Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to developing leaders in foodservice and hospitality, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degrees with majors in culinary arts, baking & pastry arts, food business management, hospitality management, culinary science, and applied food studies. The college also offers executive education, certificate programs, and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences, leadership initiatives, and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of more than 50,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food world. The CIA has locations in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

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