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CIA Unveils First Online Bachelor’s Degree

Hyde Park, NY – The Culinary Institute of America announces its first online bachelor’s degree program, a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Food Business Leadership. The program is designed specifically for those with CIA associate degrees who have been working in the industry for at least four years since graduating. Applications are now being accepted for the inaugural class, to begin this September.

This convenient part-time program allows for students to complete their studies while continuing to pursue their careers. Students set their own pace of study and can complete the program from anywhere. The CIA’s Food Business Leadership program opens the door to future growth and earning potential by providing the business leadership acumen today’s professionals need to excel in their careers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, bachelor’s graduates earn 42% more than those with only an associate degree.

“The food world of today offers myriad opportunities beyond the kitchen,” says CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan. “Our associate degree graduates already have a solid foundation and real-world experience. This new program allows them to develop a deeper understanding of the business side of the equation and the convenience of earning a bachelor’s degree at their own pace.”

The online curriculum is a carefully designed mix of in-depth food- and beverage-focused management, business, and liberal arts courses exploring vital topics such as economics, sustainability of food systems, and key principles of business leadership. Knowledge gained in these courses will help graduates rise to the next level of leadership in the food industry.

“Being an entrepreneur is an integral part of becoming a chef,” says CIA bachelor’s management grad Enrique Olvera ’99, chef-owner of two of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants: Pujol in Mexico City and Cosme in New York. “The business part of a restaurant is inseparable from your dreams of cooking, and the two must align.”

CIA alumni who began pursuing advanced degrees at other colleges can apply up to 30 transfer credits from those colleges towards a faster completion of their online CIA Food Business Leadership degree.

For details about the program and to download an application, visit our website.

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The online Bachelor's in Food Business Leadership from The Culinary Institute of America opens the door to future growth and earning potential for CIA associate degree graduates who have been in the industry for at least four years. This new program allows them to complete their bachelor’s degree at their own pace without leaving home. (Photo credit: CIA/Phil Mansfield)
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About The Culinary Institute of America:

Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to developing leaders in foodservice and hospitality, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degrees with majors in culinary arts, baking & pastry arts, food business management, hospitality management, culinary science, and applied food studies. The college also offers executive education, certificate programs, and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences, leadership initiatives, and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of more than 50,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food world. The CIA has locations in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

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