CIA Food Business Management Bachelor’s Degree

  • Are you a food entrepreneur? Someone who wants to take charge of their career and run their own restaurant? Today’s global food industry is packed with opportunities—and fierce competition. In our Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Food Business Management degree program, you’ll gain the leadership skills, management experience, and entrepreneurial know-how to build a successful career in this thriving industry. The CIA’s industry-experienced faculty will ensure you receive a hands-on learning experience that puts you in line for a top position. After you’ve earned your degree, you will have a clear understanding of how to blend vital business management skills with your passion for food.


    • Sharpen your business savvy through coursework in financial accounting, food service and human resource management, food marketing and promotion, and advanced cooking, pastry, and hospitality management.
    • Learn to identify market opportunities as well as create business plans specifically designed for the food industry.
    • Map out your own education plan with a variety of concentrations in advanced baking and pastry; advanced wine, beverage, and hospitality; farm-to-table; Asian, Latin, or Italian cuisine; and intrapreneurship.
    • Interact with more than 130 companies that visit the CIA’s campus four times a year to recruit students. Discuss career opportunities with these leaders, which include Compass Group, Delaware North/Patina Group, The Four Seasons, Hillstone Restaurant Group, Marriott, Unidine, Union Square Hospitality Group, and Wegmans, among many others.
    • Through a 15 week paid externship, gain real-world experience at one of CIA’s 2,000+ food industry partners.

    Ready to get started? Apply Today!

    Please note: Current CIA students should meet with their advisors for more information about this new degree offering.

    Delicious Growth and Opportunity

    The National Restaurant Association estimates that the restaurant industry will generate nearly $800 billion annually across more than one million locations in the United States. In 2015, total retail and foodservice sales in the United States alone amounted to about $5.32 trillion. Clearly, there is a great need for professionals who have the expertise and business acumen to identify, market, and develop profitable business enterprises in the food industry. After you graduate, pursue a career in fields that include:

    • Business management or finance
    • Communications, public relations, and marketing
    • Entrepreneur or restaurant owner
    • Food management or operations
    • Product development

    With so many possibilities, our Career Services staff is ready to help you every step of the way. There’s no network like the CIA network, which includes some of the world’s most renowned culinary, beverage, and hospitality experts.

    The list of celebrated CIA alumni is as diverse as it is extensive. They’ve found success doing what they love. Now it’s your turn.

    Freshman/Sophomore Years

    Total Credits: 69 (CIA Associate Degree)

    Junior/Senior Years

    Liberal Arts Requirements (24 Credits)

    Anthropology of Food or Psychology of Human Behavior or Social Psychology3 credits
    Calculus I or College Algebra or Introduction to Statistics or Science Fundamentals or Survey of Mathematics3 credits
    Foreign Language6 credits
    History and Cultures of Asia or History and Cultures of Europe or History and Cultures of the Americas6 credits
    Literature and Composition3 credits
    Principles of Macroeconomics or Principles of Microeconomics3 credits

    Liberal Arts Elective (3 Credits)

    Select from liberal arts courses listed on CIA Main Menu (the student web portal).

    Business Management Requirements (15 Credits)

    Finance or Managerial Accounting3 credits
    Financial Accounting3 credits
    Foodservice Management3 credits
    Human Resource Management3 credits
    Marketing and Promoting Food3 credits

    Business Management Electives (9 Credits)

    Select from business management courses listed on CIA Main Menu (the student web portal).

    Advanced Concepts Requirement (3 Credits)

    Advanced Cooking or Advanced Pastry or Advanced Principles of Service Management in Hospitality3 credits

    Free Electives (9 Credits)

    Select from elective courses listed on CIA Main Menu (the student web portal).
    Total Credits: 63 (Junior/Senior Years)

    Total Credits, Associate & Bachelor’s Degree: 132

    Please note:
    • The foreign language requirement must be fulfilled by the end of the junior year.
    • Not all electives will be offered each semester. For the most current list of elective offerings, students should check CIA Main Menu (the student web portal).
    • The Global Cuisines and Cultures elective travel courses take place between bachelor’s semesters in late April/early May and late July/early August.
    • Course prerequisites and corequisites are listed in the course descriptions.

    Requirements for Admission

    • A high school diploma or GED credential.
    • Recommendation—One character letter of recommendation is required. It should be from an employer, teacher, or professional colleague either within or outside the foodservice industry. The letter should address your commitment to the food world, problem-solving ability, and persistence in either work or academics.

    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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    I have been baking since I was a little girl, and I love being in the kitchen. I was certified in cake decorating at 13 years old and that sparked an interest in me to practice making cakes, pastries, and baked goods for friends and family. Since then I have continued to grow a love for baking.
    Roy Choi, CIA culinary arts alumni, is co-owner of Kogi Korean BBQ-To-Go.

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    Roy Choi
    At a time when chefs and food trucks were members of distinctly different classes of the food world, Roy Choi rented a truck of his own and hit the streets of Los Angeles with his unique Mexican tacos stuffed with Korean BBQ-style meat.
  • 100% of CIA students get real-world experience during externships—there are more than 2,000 approved sites!