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  • Start Now—Here’s How to Apply to the CIA

    Take hold of your future. If food is your passion, get the best hands-on education here at the CIA—whether your aspiration is to be a chef, entrepreneur, hospitality leader, or food innovator.

    Get started by submitting your application. Choose from two online options:

    Next, to complete your application file, we just need three additional items:

    1. Request official transcripts.

    2. Submit an essay.

    3. Ask for a recommendation.

    That’s it! You’re on your way to enrolling at the CIA. If you’ve already submitted your application, learn more about the essay and supporting materials.

    Master’s and ACAP Candidates

    Learn more about the application process for the CIA’s post-baccalaureate programs. Apply by July 1 for our fall class.

    How to apply for Master’s programs >

    How to apply for ACAP >
  • Your Time is Now—It’s Not Too Late!

    We’re still accepting applications for September 2021 at our New York and California campuses. Apply Now >
  • CIA Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    Apply Anytime!

    Apply for admission up to 18 months in advance.
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    Upcoming Entry Dates:

    September 7, 2021 (Fall)
    January 4, 2022 (Spring)
    April 26, 2022 (Summer)
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    Programs Enrolling in Fall Only:

    Hospitality Management
    All Master’s degrees
    Accelerated Culinary Arts Certificate Program
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    Most CIA programs have no application deadline. Due to high demand, our admissions team will work with you to ensure to you meet application deadlines for our Texas campus.

  • Explore Campus

    We wish you were here—but until you are, explore campus online.

  • Alumni Referral Scholarship

    If your recommendation letter is from a CIA alumnus, you could qualify for a $1,000 Alumni Referral Scholarship.

  • CIA instructors have big-time industry chops—they lived it, now you learn it.
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