CIA Admissions

    Your Food Career Starts Here

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  • Feed Your Passion for the Culinary Arts

    The CIA is ready to help launch your career in the food business. Feel right at home among a community of friends, students, teachers, and alumni, all of whom share one thing in common—a passion for food.

    In addition to locations in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore, we offer several degree and certification programs to best match your career goals. Our expert admissions team is also ready to answer your questions about applying to the CIA, financial assistance, classes and culinary facilities, student life, and professional development opportunities.

    We offer two easy ways to apply:

    Also remember that you’re always welcome to visit our campuses at any time. Plan Your Visit

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  • High School Students

    High School Students, Parents, and Educators

    If you’re in high school, the parent of a high school student, or a secondary school teacher, discover how the CIA best prepares young learners for careers in the food industry.
    Transfer Students

    Transfer Students

    Learn about the CIA’s generous transfer credit review policies and our accelerated programs.
    College Grads / Adult Students

    College Grads / Adult Learners

    Even if you already have a college degree, the CIA offers many more ways to expand your culinary knowledge and best position yourself for future career growth in the food industry.
    International Students

    International Students

    Read about international admission policies, student visas, and other information that will help you join the CIA’s diverse campus community.
    Veterans Students


    The CIA is committed to ensuring the brave servicemen and servicewomen of the U.S. armed forces receive the special attention they deserve.
    Accepted Students

    Accepted Students

    Congrats, you’ve been accepted to the CIA! Here’s what you should do next.
  • Andrea Cuellar CIA culinary arts management degree alumni - LG

    Alumni Spotlight

    Andrea Cuellar
    Director of Culinary Development, Just Salad
    Like many incoming CIA freshmen, her initial goal was to be a chef in a high-end restaurant. “But at the CIA, I learned that there were many pathways to follow,” she says. “My calling was to be behind the scenes developing the recipes and menu items for restaurants. I knew I wanted to teach food, but it never occurred to me that I’d be doing that on such a large scale.”

    Alumni Spotlight

    Ramona Nahapetian '17
    Office and Restaurant Accounts Manager, Masienda
    CIA graduate Ramona Nahapetian journeys from law school to the food industry and Masienda, a California-based purveyor of top-quality heirloom Latin ingredients. Read her story...
  • Food is big business, and you won’t find business education anywhere as food-focused as the CIA’s.
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