CIA Online Bachelor’s Degree in Food Business Leadership

  • Introducing the CIA’s BBA In Food Business Leadership—An Online Bachelor’s Degree for CIA Associate Graduates Only

    You’ve got the fundamentals and hands-on kitchen skills. Now master the business side of food, enhance your career, and boost your earning potential with the CIA’s online Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Food Business Leadership.

    There’s no faster way to turn your CIA associate degree into a bachelor’s! This online BBA program is designed specifically for AOS alumni with at least four years of full-time, progressive work experience after graduating. You’ll gain advanced knowledge and essential connections with business leaders, in a readily accessible format ideal for working professionals.

    Whether you want to become a leader outside the kitchen or lead a kitchen, you’ll be fully prepared to grow your career with this online BBA degree.


    • Benefit from the convenience of a curriculum that’s 100% online—you can earn your bachelor’s degree without interrupting your work schedule.
    • Get the comprehensive, food business-specific skills you need to become a next-level leader and prepare for what’s coming in the food world.
    • Explore vital topics such as economics, sustainability of food systems, and key principles of business leadership.
    • Apply up to 30 transfer credits from a college other than the CIA to complete your degree even faster.
    • Grow your earning power—per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, bachelor’s grads earn nearly 42% more weekly than those with associates.

    Curious to know more? View the most Frequently Asked Questions about this exciting program.

    Ready to get started? Apply Today!

    The National Restaurant Association estimates that the restaurant industry is expected to add 1.6 million jobs over the next decade. Couple that with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report that bachelor’s degrees lead to 42% more weekly earnings than associates, and you can see why this food business leadership program is so vital to your career.

    It’s the ideal formula for success. Greater opportunity + greater earning potential = an amazing food business career. And with your CIA bachelor’s degree in hand, you’ll have plenty of next-level leadership paths to choose, in areas such as:

    • Food and beverage management
    • Corporate foodservice
    • Restaurants and catering
    • Hotels and resorts
    • School foodservice
    • And so much more!

    So many possibilities—and our Career Services staff will continue to help you every step of the way. There’s no network like the CIA network, and yours will grow even wider with your bachelor’s degree.

    You’ve already joined the ranks of celebrated CIA alumni who are making a difference in every segment of the industry. Now it’s time to take your place as an influential leader in the food world.


    The 60-credit BBA in Food Business Leadership includes:

    • 30 credits in liberal arts requirements
    • 30 credits in business leadership requirements

    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 culinary or baking and pastry arts core.

    Requirements for Admission

    • An associate degree in culinary arts or baking and pastry arts from The Culinary Institute of America—You must have graduated from the CIA at least four years ago, and have four years of full-time work experience with progressive levels of responsibility after graduation.
    • Résumé or CV.
    • Essay—Submit an essay of at least 300 words that describes your purpose for undertaking this program, professional plans and career goals, and how the program is positioned to help you achieve your goals.

    How to Apply

  • Frequently Asked Questions

  • No—it’s 100% online. The BBA degree program has been specifically designed for distance delivery only. Students can complete the program from any location with an Internet connection.
    Yes—While the academic rigor of the online BBA degree program does require commitment, we believe the workload and pacing will allow most students to achieve a reasonable work/life/study balance. Students will be enrolled part-time with the flexibility to take one to three 3-credit-hour courses per semester. Courses will be delivered in either a seven-week or 15-week format. Study time is flexible; students can spread class work across multiple short study sessions or fewer blocks of longer duration to meet their schedule needs. Some of the courses may require simultaneous participation from enrolled students. Assignments and associated timelines will vary by course and be clearly outlined in the syllabus provided at the start of each course.
    No—You must have completed an associate degree from the CIA to be admitted to this program.
    Yes—To be considered for enrollment in this online BBA program, you must provide evidence of four years of progressive work experience after you earned your AOS degree from the CIA.
    This program is specifically designed to fit your life. Set your own pace—or even change pace as the demands of your life change. You can take anywhere from three to nine credits per semester as you work toward the 60-credit total. Have transfer credits from another college? You can complete the degree even faster!
    Each of the core online courses will be taught by CIA full-time and adjunct faculty who are experts in their fields. Most coursework is offered in an asynchronous delivery, meaning that students can work on the material at any time that fits their schedule, but still need to adhere to the structure of assignments, interactions, and evaluations. There will be a few courses that will require class meetings/sessions at a set time/day.
    Within the online platform (Moodle), faculty can set up many kinds of student interactions between faculty and a student, and between students. Examples include online group chats, forums, announcements, group discussion boards, and workshops.
  • Dr. Annette Graham ’88, Dean—School of Business and Management, CIA“It’s exciting news for our associate degree graduates. They can complete a bachelor’s while still working full-time and meeting family commitments. With the online BBA’s engaging, innovative, and challenging course work, students will be well on their way to achieving both personal and career goals.”

    Dr. Annette Graham ’88
    Dean—School of Business and Management, CIA

  • Contact Us

    Susan Lavender, CWP
    1946 Campus Drive
    Hyde Park, NY 12538
    Phone: 845-451-1557
    Alt. Phone: 1-800-CULINARY
  • Gerard Fischetti, CIA Associate Professor—Business Management

    Faculty Spotlight

    Gerard Fischetti ’78
    Associate Professor—Business Management
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    Dr. Taylor Reid

    Faculty Spotlight

    Dr. Taylor Reid
    Associate Professor—Liberal Arts
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