Associate degree programs should provide fundamental skills, techniques, and cuisine studies that prepare you for a variety of foodservice jobs, and require approximately two years to complete.
Bachelor's degree programs should provide the same foundation—plus build operational and management knowledge. This will prepare you for leadership in and beyond the foodservice kitchen.
The college should be accredited by a leading regional accrediting commission for higher education. This validates the quality of the education provided, adds to the long-term value and marketability of your degree, and allows you to pursue advanced degrees at top colleges and universities.