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, Latin, or Mediterranean 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 semester-long paid internship, gain real-world experience at one of the CIA’s 2,000+ food industry partners. If you already have food industry experience, you may qualify for our Turbo Option and get your internship waived.

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    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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  • Brandon Walker - large photo

    Alumni Spotlight

    Brandon Walker ’01
    Chef/Owner, Essie’s Restaurant
    Brandon Walker came to the CIA on the advice of a high school teacher. Once enrolled, he took advantage of everything the CIA had to offer...
    Roy Choi, CIA culinary arts alumni, is co-owner of Kogi Korean BBQ-To-Go.

    Alumni Spotlight

    Roy Choi ’98
    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.
  • Did you know? 74% of leading food employers surveyed prefer to hire CIA grads.