Unfortunately, the fires affecting our community continue to grow. Yesterday, Red Flag warnings were issued through Friday afternoon representing ideal conditions for fire combustion and spread.

Given this, we have made the decision to delay a return to in-person instruction at Greystone until Monday, October 12. All campus buildings will remain closed until that time. Our intention is to reopen the Residence Halls on Sunday, October 11. While we expect the situation to be resolved by then, we must acknowledge this is a fluid situation; we will continue to remain in touch with students via email and the Everbridge Emergency Notification system as further information becomes available.

Classes, which resumed Wednesday, September 30 online, will continue to be delivered virtually during this interim period. By continuing in this way, instructors will be able to keep pace with the semester—providing lecturing instruction now on theory and techniques, and enabling students to get right back into the kitchens and bakeshops once campus reopens. Students, please continue to monitor the student portal and your Moodle sites for further information regarding your classes.

Most students have returned home already or are staying with family or friends. If you are unable to do this for an extended period, or if you have remained behind and are staying at Copia, our Student Affairs team can offer assistance. Please update your status on the "2020 Glass Fire Status" form on the Residence Life portal to keep us apprised of your status or to indicate that you need assistance.

  • 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.

    Get started now and apply today