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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 a personal statement.

    3. Ask for a recommendation.

    That’s it! You’re on your way to enrolling at the CIA.Once our admissions staff has reviewed your application and supporting materials (typically within 72 hours), we’ll reach out.

    CIA Early Application Grant

    While there’s no application deadline for our New York campus, now is the time to submit your application for our Fall 2021 class. If you complete your application by December 31, you can qualify for our $1,000 Early Application Grant. 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:

    January 19, 2021 (Spring)
    May 4, 2021 (Summer)
    September 7, 2021 (Fall)
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    Programs Enrolling in Fall Only:

    Hospitality Management
    All Master’s degrees
    Accelerated Culinary Arts Certificate Program
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  • Alumni Referral Scholarship

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

  • Food is big business, and you won’t find business education anywhere as food-focused as the CIA’s.
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