CIA Food Business Management Bachelor’s Degree

  • Lead the Way in the Business of Food

    Are you a budding food entrepreneur? Someone who wants to take charge of their career with the leadership and management expertise needed to thrive in the business side of food? There are so many diverse career opportunities, and the CIA Bachelor of Business Administration in Food Business Management at our New York campus will prepare you for them all. Turn your passion for food into a leadership position with proven, hands-on instruction from our industry-savvy faculty.


    • Learn to identify market opportunities and create business plans designed specifically for the food industry.
    • Sharpen your business, management, and entrepreneurial skills in finance, human resource management, foodservice management, and marketing and promotion.
    • Gain real-world experience through a paid internship semester at one of the CIA’s 2,000+ food industry partners. (Already have experience? Check out our Turbo Option).
    • Deepen your hands-on knowledge of advanced cooking, pastry, or service management.
    • Design your own future through a concentration in baking and pastry, beverages, intrapreneurship, farm-to-table, or a global cuisine, as well as during a travel abroad experience.
    • Connect with 140+ companies hiring at CIA Career Fair, including Compass Group, Delaware North/Patina Group, The Four Seasons, Hillstone Restaurant Group, Marriott, Unidine, Union Square Hospitality Group, and Wegmans.

    Ready to get started? Apply Today!

    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.


    Students taking the Bachelor of Business Administration in Food Business Management program may choose one of two areas of focus: Culinary Arts or Baking and Pastry Arts.

    The 132-credit BBA in Food Business Management, Culinary Arts focus includes:

    • 54 credits in culinary arts requirements
    • 36 credits in liberal arts requirements
    • 30 credits in business management requirements
    • 3 credits in advanced concepts requirements
    • 9 credits in free electives

    The 132-credit BBA in Food Business Management, Baking and Pastry Arts focus includes:

    • 55.5 credits in baking and pastry arts requirements
    • 34.5 credits in liberal arts requirements
    • 30 credits in business management requirements
    • 3 credits in advanced concepts requirements
    • 9 credits in free electives

    You will get a carefully designed mix of in-depth food- and beverage-focused management, business, and liberal arts courses that build on the CIA’s renowned hands-on culinary or baking and pastry arts core.

    The curriculum features a semester-long internship experience, as well as your choice of an optional, specialized study concentration in areas as diverse as Advanced Wine and Beverage, Intrapreneurship, Latin Cuisine Studies, and many others.

    Bachelor’s students can also choose to study abroad through the CIA Global Cuisines and Cultures course, which includes travel to culinary destinations such as China, France, Italy, Peru, and Spain.

    See catalog for curriculum details

    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—more than 90% 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.

  • Cool Courses You’ll Take…

    Cool Courses in Food Business Management

    Make food business your business in the CIA food business management degree program, with courses that may surprise you.

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  • Alexis Brown, CIA New York Bachelor's Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts Management student.

    Student Spotlight

    Alexis Brown
    Bachelor's Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts Management
    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.
    Stephanie Murphy, CIA Associate Professor—Business Management

    Faculty Spotlight

    Stephanie Murphy
    Associate Professor—Business Management
    QuickBooks® for the Restaurant.
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