Advance or Start Your Food Career Here

  • Build on Your Experience

    Whether you’re a food professional or have always dreamed of becoming one, you’re in the right place! Our student community is enriched by people just like you, from all walks of life, who want to transform their passion for food into career growth. That’s why the CIA has degree or certificate options tailored to your experience and goals.

    No matter which program you choose you will:

    • Broaden your professional expertise and make invaluable industry contacts.
    • Learn directly from the CIA’s world-class faculty—renowned experts in food, hospitality, and academics.
    • Meet and interview with leading food and hospitality companies at amazing on-campus career fairs.
    • Engage in global networking opportunities as one of our more than 50,000+ successful alumni.

    Bachelor’s and Associate Degrees for Adult Students

    Bachelor’s and Associate Degrees

    Whatever your background or goal in the food world, the CIA has a degree that can help you succeed. Our bachelor’s and associate degree programs will get you there. It’s time to fire up your future.

    Bachelor’s Completion Program for Adult Students

    Bachelor’s Completion Program

    Especially for students with 30+ college credits, this program immerses you in our kitchens or bakeshops. Finish your degree with hands-on learning and then put it to work in the food industry.

    Work Experience Credit for Adult Students

    Work Experience Credit

    Get college credit for your real-world work experience with our Turbo option. Get your associate degree in culinary arts or baking and pastry arts in as little as 15 months!

    Master’s and Certificate Programs for Adult Students

    Master’s and Certificate Programs

    If you already hold a bachelor’s degree, the CIA has unique options for you. You can study food business online, dive into the world of wine, or jump start a new food career with hands-on study—check out our options.

    Financial Aid and Scholarships for Adult Students

    Financial Aid and Scholarships

    It’s time to invest in your future—and the CIA is here to help you get the education you deserve. Unlike many other colleges, at the CIA transfer students are eligible for the same scholarships and aid awards opportunities as first-time freshmen. Experience the CIA difference.

    Vibrant Student Life for Adult Students

    Vibrant Student Life

    At the CIA, you’ll find all the ingredients you need to create a college experience that’s uniquely yours. Welcome to a campus community that shares your passion!

    How to Get Started

    • Check out the enrollment dates for the program you’re interested in and apply for admission. The CIA enrolls students three times a year, so you can start when it’s best for you.
    • File your FAFSA to determine your financial aid opportunities. This way, you’ll be reviewed for scholarships and financial aid immediately.

    Ready to Apply for Admission?

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    Explore Campus

    We wish you were here—but until you are, check out our virtual tours and online events!


    Invest in your future! The CIA is number one in ROI among all degree-granting culinary colleges.

    Invest in your future! The CIA is number one in ROI among all degree-granting culinary colleges. In fact, our 10-year return on investment is significantly higher than the average for all colleges in the country.

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  • Contact Us

    Admissions Office
    1946 Campus Drive
    Hyde Park, NY 12538-1499
    Alt. Phone: 845-452-9430
    Fax: 845-451-1068
  • Did You Know? The CIA Offers an Accelerated Degree Option for Students with Professional Kitchen Experience.
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