• How to Apply to the CIA Master of Professional Studies in Food Business Degree
  • Applying to CIA Master’s Program

    Step-By-Step Guide to Applying for the CIA Master of Professional Studies in Food Business Degree

    To apply to the CIA, just follow these steps:

    1. Complete the application form.

    To apply online, choose one of the following methods

    Thank you for your interest, our Fall of 2018 class is full and we are now accepting applications for Fall 2019.

    2. Pay your $75 application fee.

    • You can pay by credit card at the end of the online application.

    3. Submit a personal statement.

    Write an essay explaining why you are interested in pursuing this specific master’s degree and why you are a strong candidate for the program. Your response should be a 500–1,000 word essay. Please address the following questions in your response:

    • What are the specific academic and professional qualities you possess that could help you excel within this program?
    • What goals do you hope to achieve if you are accepted into this program?

    4. Provide a copy of your résumé or CV.

    5. Ask for one letter of recommendation.

    Through the online application, you will be prompted to provide the contact information for one recommender. He or she will then receive an electronic request with instructions for submitting a recommendation through the application portal. The e-mail will be sent immediately upon saving your application.

    • The recommendation should be completed by supervisors or professional colleagues who can attest to your professional abilities.
    • A recommendation from a former professor is acceptable for applicants with limited professional experience.
    • Your recommender can submit his or her letter before you submit your application.

    6. Request official transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

    Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions in the United States from which credit has been earned should be mailed to the CIA Admissions Office. Transcripts should either be sent in an envelope sealed by the school’s registrar, or e-mailed to the CIA via an official online transcript provider.

    • If you have already completed your bachelor’s degree, your transcript must state your degree and degree conferral date to be considered official.
    • If you are currently completing an undergraduate degree, your degree must be conferred by July 1 in order for you to be granted admission. All U.S. institutions must be accredited through one of the bodies officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions outside of the United States from which credit has been earned must be submitted to the CIA Admissions Office for review and evaluation. Applicants must demonstrate that they have successfully completed a degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree before they may be considered for admission to a master’s program. Please be advised the CIA will not review graduate applications while a bachelor’s degree is in progress at a higher education institution outside the U.S. Applicants applying to a master’s program should complete the degree before submitting official transcripts.

    7. Demonstrate English proficiency.

    Graduate coursework at the CIA is reading- and writing-intensive and requires proficiency in written and spoken English.

    If English is not your native language, you will be required to demonstrate proficiency through one of the following exams. Your test results must be attached to your application:

    In lieu of an English Proficiency exam, you may also enroll and complete a program from one of our approved language schools.

    All documentation provided with your CIA application must be in English or be accompanied by a notarized translation of the documents into English alongside the original copies.