To apply to the CIA, just follow these steps:
To apply online, choose one of the following methods
For Master’s in Food Business: 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 500–1,000 words, and include:
For Master’s in Wine Management: Write a 300- to 500-word essay that describes your purpose for undertaking or continuing graduate study in wines and beverages, your reasons for wanting to study at the CIA, and your professional plans and career goals. You may also:
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.
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.
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.
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.