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

    Step-By-Step Guide to Applying for the CIA Master of Professional Studies Degree Programs

    To apply to the CIA, just follow these steps:

    1. Complete the application form.

    To apply online, choose one of the following methods

    2. Pay your application fee.

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

    3. Submit a personal statement.

    The graduate level programs are a rigorous course of study requiring commitment and professionalism. Please write an essay that describes your purpose for pursuing this master’s degree and why you are a strong candidate for the program. Your response should be 500–1,000 words, and include the following:

    • Any relevant academic and/or professional achievements that allow us to understand you as a professional
    • Specific qualities and/or skills that you possess that can help you excel within this program
    • Professional and career goals
    • Your understanding of the program content and how you perceive it will help you to achieve your goals

    For the Master’s in Food Business

    Our ideal candidate for this program is looking to further their career in a way that positively impacts the food system and addresses challenges that our industry faces today. This can be within an organization or in an entrepreneurial endeavor, and in a foodservice focused area or in a food product concept area. Please address this in your essay when writing about your professional and career goals.

    In addition, please specify which track you may be interested pursuing during the second year of the program—Restaurant/Foodservice Track or Food Product/Concept Track, and note how your track selection relates to your goals.


    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.

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