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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. Once our admissions staff has reviewed your application and supporting materials (typically within 72 hours), we’ll reach out.
  • 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.

  • Did You Know? The CIA Offers an Accelerated Degree Option for Students with Professional Kitchen Experience.
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