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  • Start Now—Here’s How to Apply to the Culinary Institute of America

    Take hold of your future. If food is your passion, get the best hands-on education here at 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:

    CIA Online App Common App

    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.

    If you’re an international student, check our additional admission requirements.

    That’s it! You’re on your way to enrolling at 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 CIA’s post-baccalaureate programs.

    How to apply for master’s programs >

    How to apply for ACAP >

    Online Bachelor’s Program

    CIA Alumni, learn how to apply for our online bachelor’s program.

    How to apply for online bachelor’s >
  • CIA Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    Apply Anytime!

    • Apply for admission up to 18 months in advance.
    • Applications accepted year-round and reviewed on a rolling basis.
      • Our Texas Campus has reached capacity for Fall 2024 and is closed to new applications.

    Upcoming Entry Dates:

    • September 10, 2024
    • January 6, 2025
    • April 29, 2025

    Enrollment Schedule





    Associate Degree: Culinary Arts—NY, CA, and TX X X X
    Associate Degree: Baking and Pastry Arts—NY and CA X X X
    Associate Degree: Baking and Pastry Arts—TX X X  
    Bachelor’s Degrees: Applied Food Studies, Culinary Science, and Food Business Mgt. X X X
    Bachelor’s Degree: Hospitality Management X    
    CIA Associate Grads Only: Food Business Leadership X    
    Degree Completion: Baking and Pastry Arts or Culinary Arts   X X
    All Master’s Degrees X    
    Accelerated Culinary Arts Certificate Program X    

  • Schedule a Visit to Campus

    Scheduling a visit to one of our world-class campuses is easy and convenient. Just choose your campus, and you will see our schedule of admissions tours and events.

  • Alumni Referral Scholarship

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

  • Did You Know?

    CIA students get résumé building experience during their paid internship at one of more than 2,000+ CIA-approved world-class organizations.
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