College Credit Transfer Requirements

  • Save Time and Money—Transfer Your College Credits to the CIA

    The great thing about transferring to the CIA is that it allows you to complete your degree in fewer semesters and at a reduced cost. You can view which credits have already been approved for transfer by the CIA’s Academic Advising Office at our online database. If you do not see your college or courses listed, please complete our online form to request evaluation.

    For more information, contact transfercredits@culinary.edu. The full transfer credit policy may be reviewed in the CIA’s Academic Catalog at catalog.ciachef.edu.

    Will My College Credits Transfer?

    Applicable transfer credits include:

    • Courses from an accredited college or university as relevant to a particular major. You must have completed the course with a grade of “C” or better.
    • College Board AP exam results with a score of “4” or higher (the CIA will accept scores of “3” for AP Calculus and AP Statistics), and/or selected CLEP or DSST exams with qualifying scores as determined by the grading authority. Check out the list of AP exams (PDF) and CLEP exams the CIA accepts for transfer.
    • Experiences outside traditional college courses that meet the learning objectives of those courses through life achievement credit.
    • International undergraduate courses with qualifying scores as determined by the grading authority.
    • Completion of the CIA Culinary Math Challenge Exam.
    • Completion of military courses evaluated by the American Council on Education, as well as college credit through the Life Achievement Portfolio.
    • Internship credit based on work experience (see below for details).

    How to Transfer College Credits

    To have your transfer credits evaluated for the CIA:

    • Complete your application for admission to the CIA. If you already know what major you’d like to study among our bachelor’s degrees in Applied Food Studies, Culinary Science, Food Business Management, Hospitality Management, and Culinary Arts or Baking & Pastry Arts (Adult Degree Completion Program), be sure to indicate on your application that you wish to “fast track” your education. This helps ensure that you earn a CIA degree quickly with the minimum amount of tuition.
    • Include official copies of all your high school and college transcripts if they were not previously sent.
    • Submit your completed application for admission and supporting documentation to:

      Admissions Department
      The Culinary Institute of America
      1946 Campus Drive
      Hyde Park, NY 12538-1499

    Upon acceptance to the CIA, you will be automatically be reviewed for transfer credits and notified within three weeks of the results.

    Transfer Credit Reminders

    • Due to the highly specialized nature of the CIA’s culinary education, only business management and liberal arts courses will be considered for transfer credit approval. We do not accept transfer credits for culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, or hospitality and service management (restaurant) courses.
    • Credits accepted for transfer may count toward the completion of degree requirements but are not calculated into your GPA while studying at the CIA.
    • Full-time students may not receive transfer credits for all courses if the number of credits transferred reduces the amount of CIA credits you would take per semester below 12.
    • After receiving transfer credit, you may supplement your semester coursework by taking an independent study course or elective with the permission of the appropriate academic dean.

    Internship Transfer Credits

    To apply transfer credit for internships, you must:

    • Have at least 2.5 years of post-high school foodservice experience with progressive levels of responsibility in the professional kitchen.
    • Submit your CIA application with a résumé and professional letter of recommendation attached.
    • Meet with a CIA representative who will conduct a personal interview to discuss and verify your foodservice experience.

    Articulation Agreements

    The CIA has articulation agreements that facilitate the transfer process with other educational organizations, including high schools and national student organizations, as well as Orange County Community College and Rockland Community College in New York. A complete list of our articulation agreement partners can be found online. (PDF)