• CIA Food Business Management
    Bachelor’s Degree

    The world needs skilled business professionals to carry the growing food industry into the future—and with our new Food Business Management Bachelor’s Degree, you’ll be the one to do it! There’s no other program anywhere offering business education that’s this food-focused.

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    In the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Food Business Management degree program, you will gain the ideal management and cultural knowledge for careers in management, or for creating your own business in the future.

    You’ll progress through eight semesters of hands-on and classroom work plus an additional off-campus externship semester—and you can complete your bachelor’s degree in just three years! During the program, you will:

    Please note: Current CIA students should meet with their advisors for more information about the new degree offering.


    Requirements for Admission

    • A high school diploma or GED credential. We do not have a minimum GPA requirement.
    • 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.



    Total Credits: 69 (CIA Associate Degree)


    Liberal Arts Requirements (24 Credits)

    Anthropology of Food or Psychology of Human Behavior or Social Psychology3 credits
    Calculus I or College Algebra or Introduction to Statistics or Science Fundamentals or Survey of Mathematics3 credits
    Foreign Language6 credits
    History and Cultures of Asia or History and Cultures of Europe or History and Cultures of the Americas6 credits
    Literature and Composition3 credits
    Principles of Macroeconomics or Principles of Microeconomics3 credits

    Liberal Arts Elective (3 Credits)

    Select from liberal arts courses listed on CIA Main Menu (the student web portal).

    Business Management Requirements (15 Credits)

    Finance or Managerial Accounting3 credits
    Financial Accounting3 credits
    Foodservice Management3 credits
    Human Resource Management3 credits
    Marketing and Promoting Food3 credits

    Business Management Electives (9 Credits)

    Select from business management courses listed on CIA Main Menu (the student web portal).

    Advanced Concepts Requirement (3 Credits)

    Advanced Cooking or Advanced Pastry or Advanced Principles of Service Management in Hospitality3 credits

    Free Electives (9 Credits)

    Select from elective courses listed on CIA Main Menu (the student web portal).
    Total Credits: 63 (Junior/Senior Years)


    Please note:
    • The foreign language requirement must be fulfilled by the end of the junior year.
    • Not all electives will be offered each semester. For the most current list of elective offerings, students should check CIA Main Menu (the student web portal).
    • The Global Cuisines and Cultures elective travel courses take place between bachelor’s semesters in late April/early May and late July/early August.
    • Course prerequisites and corequisites are listed in the course descriptions.


    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—approximately 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.


    Great Food Careers Start Here

    With a CIA bachelor's degree, you don’t just have a foot in the door—you have thousands of feet in the door. Our alumni are an accomplished, supportive network throughout the industry, whatever your career goals. You can:

    And with so many possibilities out there, our Career Services staff is ready to help you every step of the way, not only for that ideal first job, but for a lifetime of great opportunities. There’s no network like the CIA network!

    The list of celebrated CIA alumni is as diverse as it is extensive. They’ve found success doing what they love. They fully embraced the idea that Food is Life®.

    Now it’s your turn.

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