CIA Food Business Management Bachelor’s Degree

  • Only diploma holders from a Singaporean polytechnic institute are eligible for this program. All other students, please visit the CIA bachelor’s degree program in food business management at our New York campus >

    As a student in the CIA Singapore’s bachelor’s degree program, you’ll come to understand food in a way that will perfectly complement your previous studies. You’ll learn cooking and baking methods, gain leadership skills, and develop an understanding of the business of food that will serve you well in everything you do. You will explore subjects that will broaden your mind and grow your critical thinking skills. Your CIA culinary education won’t just change the way you think about food; it’ll change the way you think about the world.


    • 1,300-plus hours of hands-on culinary training in the kitchens and bakeshops—This is an extraordinary amount of hands-on learning, and it’s critical for you to develop skills and learn culinary techniques. You get all this valuable experience right on campus.
    • Experience in our on-campus public restaurant—We put you right in the middle of the action in our student-staffed Top Table restaurant, a capstone experience for both back-of-the-house and front-of-the-house learning.
    • Courses that explore global cuisines—As you prepare American, Mediterranean, and other international foods, you’ll discover the diverse languages, history, and culinary traditions of the world.
    • Food business management classes—Take business-related courses in topics such as finance, human resources, food marketing and promotion, and accounting.
    • Global Cuisines and Cultures Trip—This travel experience will deepen your knowledge about a U.S. region rich in culinary culture—Northern California, which features the renowned Napa Valley. This unforgettable journey offers valuable lessons in menu development, food and beverage pairing, sustainable agriculture, produce distribution, and the impact of culture on cuisine.

    Students with a diploma in Culinary & Catering Management, Hospitality & Tourism Management, or Leisure & Resort Management have advanced standing and already have their program credits mapped out. There is a typical sequence of courses that these students will follow.

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    CIA Credential = Career Opportunity

    The combination of your Polytechnic degree and CIA bachelor’s degree gives you the education and credentials that put you on the “A-List” of candidates for most employers.

    The CIA is famous for preparing top-notch professionals who are creative, forward-thinking, and well-grounded in proven, essential knowledge and skills. That’s why our students become leading culinary businessmen and women, entrepreneurs, hotel and resort executives, executive chefs, executive pastry chefs, restaurant and bakery café owners, food writers, research chefs, and more.

    Our 50,000+-strong network of alumni can testify to the exceptional value of the CIA degree. They are an accomplished, supportive network throughout the industry, whatever your career goals.

    Check out some of their amazing success stories.


    Students taking the Bachelor of Business Administration in Food Business Management program at the CIA Singapore 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 the CIA’s renowned hands-on culinary or baking and pastry arts courses combined with in-depth, food-focused management, business, and liberal arts courses. The curriculum also features a semester-long internship experience.

    BBA students at the CIA Singapore also have the opportunity to study abroad through the Global Cuisines and Cultures: U.S. Northern California course.

    Admissions Process

    The college has a selective admissions process whereby each candidate is evaluated individually. The basic requirements are as follows:

    1. A diploma from a Singaporean polytechnic
      Transfer credits have already been mapped out for students with a diploma in culinary and catering management, hospitality and tourism management, or leisure and resort management. If graduates of these programs satisfy the transfer credit policy of the CIA, they will receive credit for the courses already completed during their polytechnic education.

      Any other students who apply must have their transfer credits mapped specific to their previous diploma program, and may be required to take additional courses. Non-relevant diplomas and other applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
    2. Work experience at a non-fast-food establishment with a professional kitchen
      The CIA Singapore requires that students gain relevant experience before enrolling by working in a foodservice operation, by completing culinary classes during high school or postsecondary school, or by completing college- or polytechnic-level culinary courses. Time requirements vary by type of experience. Foodservice and hospitality is a rewarding and challenging profession, and this experience requirement is designed to help students understand the realities of working in the foodservice industry and be confident in their career choice.

    Application Procedure

    The steps to apply for admission to the bachelor’s degree program in Singapore are as follows:

    1. Review the admissions procedure on the Singapore Institute of Technology’s website
      Admissions will be open for three months, January–March. During this time, pro­spective students will apply and their applications will be reviewed. If the Admis­sions Committee approves a student’s application, he or she will be invited for a face-to-face interview. The purpose of the interview is to meet the student, get to know him or her, and better understand his or her passion for the food and hospitality industry.
    2. Ask for recommendations
      Two recommendations are required. One must be from an industry employer that describes the applicant’s foodservice experience. The second must be a recom­mendation from a professional contact (e.g., employer, business associate, mentor), in order to give the Admissions Committee a greater understanding of the student’s char­acter and abilities.

      To make it easier for a foodservice employer or professional contact to write the letter of recommendation, applicants can download and print Letter of Recommendation Guidelines (PDF) and pass them along to the recommender.
  • Contact Us

    The CIA Singapore, Temasek Polytechnic
    21 Tampines Avenue 1, Block 31 (West Gate/Swimming Complex)
    Singapore 529757
    Phone: +65 6592 1189
    Alt. Phone: +65 6592 1136
  • Yvonne Ruperti, baking and pastry arts instructor at The Culinary Institute of America, Singapore.

    Faculty Spotlight

    Yvonne Ruperti
    Lecturing Instructor—Baking and Pastry Arts
    Education: BA, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY. AA, Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie, NY. Baking and Pastry Arts Certificate, CIA.
    Large photo of CIA food business bachelor's alum, Cong Wen Tan

    Alumni Spotlight

    Cong Wen Tan '15
    Head Chef at Prelude Restaurant, Bangkok, Thailand
    After completing his compulsory National Service in the Singapore military, Cong Wen Tan got a part-time job at a local restaurant and found he enjoyed the camaraderie in the kitchen. “There is something humble and honest about honing your craft and seeing yourself getting better every day.” recalls Cong.