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    CIA Associate Degree Programs

  • Feed Your Passion and Creativity

    You’re going to love our associate degree programs because you’ll be doing what you love! You’ll get creative in our kitchens and bakeshops, and learn in courses that are 100% focused on food. Discover new ingredients, techniques, flavors, and so much more. Then put it all into practice during your internship, and by preparing and serving food in our public restaurants and bakery cafés.

    Choose your major, master your mise en place (French for “everything in its place”), and get ready to succeed in the food world.


    Associate Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts

    Baking and Pastry Arts

    Looking for a creative career with a sweet payoff? Major in baking and pastry arts. In less than two years, you’ll learn to craft high-end breads, chocolates, confections, pastries, and plated desserts.



    Associate Degree in Culinary Arts

    Culinary Arts

    Love to cook? Want to be a top chef or restaurateur? The culinary arts major is for you. You’ll explore global cuisines, develop creative menus, manage staff, and gain key organizational skills.


  • Real-World, Live-Action Classrooms

    You just won’t find this many opportunities to get real in the food world anywhere else—the most on-campus, student-staffed restaurants around, and an internship at one of 2,000+ leading food businesses (that’s a lot of industry contacts!) Already have food industry experience? Check out our Turbo Option—you may qualify to have your internship waived.


  • Want to Go Higher in Food?

    Consider a CIA bachelor’s degree, built on the same hands-on core. Then, go even further with a CIA master’s degree in food business or wine management.

    Already have some college credits? Check out our degree completion programs for transfer and adult students.
  • Go Turbo!

    Earn your CIA degree in as little as 15 months with this accelerated degree program option. Learn more >
  • Contact Us

    Admissions Office
    1946 Campus Drive
    Hyde Park, NY 12538-1499
    Phone: 1-800-CULINARY
    Alt. Phone: 845-452-9430
    Fax: 845-451-1068
  • Lilla Bernal '99, CIA Lecturing Instructor—Baking and Pastry Arts, San Antonio campus.

    Faculty Spotlight

    Lilla Bernal ’99
    Lecturing Instructor—Baking and Pastry Arts
    Professional Experience:
    Menu Consultant, Victoria House resort, San Pedro, Belize. Vendor, Pearl Farmers Market, San Antonio, TX. Pastry Chef, Biga on the Banks, San Antonio.
    Makenna Barnes, Associate Degree in Baking & Pastry Arts student at the CIA in California.

    Student Spotlight

    Makenna Barnes
    Associate Degree in Baking & Pastry Arts
    “The chefs at this school are amazing and you can learn so much from them. I love the CIA—coming here was the best decision I have ever made.”
  • Did you know? 74% of leading food employers surveyed prefer to hire CIA grads.