Adult Degree Completion Program: CIA Culinary Arts Bachelor’s Degree

  • Take the college credits you’ve already earned and apply them toward finishing a CIA Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) in Culinary Arts degree. Through our Adult Degree Completion Program, you’ll waste no time receiving an in-depth culinary arts education that will complement your previous studies and change the way you look at food. You’ll move from foundational culinary courses to advanced electives or a concentration where you’ll focus on areas of the food industry most important to you. The CIA’s industry-experienced faculty will ensure you receive a hands-on learning experience that puts you in line for a top position. By the time you’ve earned your degree, you’ll be considered an expert in several facets of culinary arts and ready to prepare a wide variety of cuisines.


    • Focus on traditional and contemporary culinary, beverage, and service techniques and skills.
    • Explore food systems, creating menus, food safety, baking, banquet cookery, high-volume production cooking, wine studies, and global cuisines.
    • Tailor your education through one of our many bachelor’s degree concentrations with a semester away, including regional cuisine and culture, farm-to-table practices, and wines and beverages.
    • Travel abroad to immerse yourself in another country’s rich culinary and cultural heritage through a unique elective course.
    • Build a foundation of ethical, social responsibility and global intercultural awareness.
    • Gain real-world experience through a 15-week paid externship at one of CIA’s 2,000+ food industry partners.
    • Experience firsthand how successful restaurants are operated in an award-winning, student-staffed CIA dining establishment such as Ristorante Caterina de' Medici, the American Bounty Restaurant, or even a pop-up. All CIA restaurants are public-facing, fully operational retail dining establishments that serve more than 333,000 customers annually.
    • Interact with more than 130 companies that visit CIA’s campus three times a year to recruit students. Discuss career opportunities with these leaders, which include Boca Raton Resort and Spa, Dinex (Daniel Boulud’s Restaurant Group), Jean-Georges Restaurants, Make It Nice (Eleven Madison Park), Union Square Hospitality Group, and Walt Disney World, among many others.

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    Plate Expectations

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment opportunities for chefs will grow 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the national average for other careers. You’ll find plenty of employment opportunities at restaurants, hotels, casinos, and other upscale dining establishments. Career options include:

    • Purchasing manager
    • Private chef
    • Catering manager
    • Culinary entrepreneur
    • Research and development chef
    • University or corporate dining chef
    • Food media
    • Public health and wellness

    Liberal Arts Courses and Free Electives

    Total Credits: 60
    Transfer 30 to 60 eligible credits, and earn the rest at the CIA.

    CIA Culinary Arts Core Courses

    Culinary Fundamentals*
    6 credits
    Culinary Math
    1.5 credits
    Food Safety*
    1.5 credits
    Introduction to Gastronomy
    1.5 credits
    Introduction to Food Systems
    3 credits
    1.5 credits
    Principles of Menus and Managing Profitability in Foodservice
    3 credits
    Baking and Pastry Skill Development
    3 credits
    Introduction to À la Carte Cooking
    3 credits
    Meat Identification, Fabrication, and Utilization
    1.5 credits
    Modern Banquet Cookery
    3 credits
    Non-Commercial Foodservice and High-Volume Production Cooking
    3 credits
    Seafood Identification and Fabrication
    1.5 credits
    Externship (Culinary Arts)
    3 credits
    Contemporary Hospitality and Service Management
    3 credits
    Garde Manger
    3 credits
    Introduction to Hospitality and Customer Service
    1.5 credits
    Wine Studies
    3 credits
    Cuisines and Cultures of Asia or Cuisines and Cultures of the Americas or Cuisines and Cultures of the Mediterranean3 credits

    Food and beverage electives (12 Credits) and applied practice course (3 Credits) OR a concentration with semester away (15 Credits)

    Select from elective courses listed on CIA Main Menu (the student web portal).
    Total Credits: 66

    Total Credits: 126

    Requirements for Admission

    • High school diploma or GED credential.
    • One character letter of recommendation is required. It should be from an employer, teacher, or professional colleague (within or outside the foodservice industry). The letter should address your commitment to the food world, problem-solving abilities, and persistence as it relates to your career or academic experiences.
    • This program is designed for students who wish to complete their bachelor’s degree. Candidates must have at least 30 eligible transfer credits earned at another college to matriculate into this program.

    How to Apply

    Culinary School Costs

    The CIA is very committed to making your CIA education as affordable as possible. Our costs are comparable to similar colleges, and here’s even better news—approximately 92% of our students receive some form of financial aid.

    Don’t let applying for financial assistance keep you from going to the world’s premier culinary college. No matter what your individual circumstances are, we will work with you to help make attending the CIA an affordable investment in your future in the world of food.

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