CIA Associate Degree Programs

  • Core In-Kitchen Instruction

    In our associate degree programs, you’ll learn the way you love to—hands-on in our kitchens and bakeshops, and in courses made real and relevant through food. You’ll learn the fundamentals and progressively build your understanding of ingredients, techniques, and flavor development. And you’ll put everything you learn into practice during an internship and in the front and back of the house of our public restaurants and bakery cafés.

    Follow your passion and choose your major: culinary arts or baking and pastry arts. Throughout your time as a CIA student, you’ll apply and practice the concept of mise en place (French for “put in place”), a culinary practice and philosophy that is the foundation for success in food—and life.

    Associate Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts

    Baking and Pastry Arts

    Prepare yourself for a creative career in baking and pastry arts with a hands-on learning experience like no other. 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

    Discover how to become a successful chef and restaurateur. You’ll learn classic and contemporary techniques for global cuisines, develop creative menus, manage staff, and gain key organizational skills.


  • Real-World, Live-Action Classrooms

    Get a very real taste of the food world at the CIA. The most on-campus, student-staffed restaurants anywhere and an internship at one of 2,000+ leading food businesses (that’s a lot of industry contacts!) give you unprecedented levels of immersive hands-on learning. Already have food industry experience? Check out our Turbo Option—you may qualify to have your internship waived.
  • Go Turbo!

    Earn your CIA degree in as little as 15 months with this accelerated degree program option. Learn more >
  • 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 & adult students.
  • 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
  • Makenna Barnes, Associate Degree in Baking & Pastry Arts student at the CIA in California.

    Student Spotlight

    Makenna Barnes
    Associate Degree in Baking & Pastry Arts
    From a very young age I had a passion for baking. As a little girl I always helped my grandma bake for every occasion.
    Alain Dubernard, CIA Department Chair—Baking and Pastry Arts, CIA San Antonio.

    Faculty Spotlight

    Alain Dubernard
    Professor and Team Leader—Baking and Pastry Arts
    Diploma, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico City, Mexico. Escuela Panamericana de Hoteleria (Hotel Management School), Mexico City.
  • Bachelor’s travel programs give you an exclusive “insider look” at world cultures and cuisines.
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