Incoming students to The Culinary Institute of America have a greater opportunity for transfer credit than ever before. You could receive up to 60 credits toward your degree for prior course work, certain examinations, military experience, and/or life achievement.
The CIA’s policy may allow you to complete your bachelor’s degree in fewer semesters. Due to the unique nature of the curriculum, only select course work will be considered for transfer credit approval. The CIA does not accept transfer credits for culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, or hospitality and service management (restaurant) courses.
Criteria for eligible transfer credits is as follows:
To be evaluated for college course, AP, or life achievement credit transfer at the CIA, just follow the college’s application procedure for admission:
Once you have been accepted to the CIA and have official transcripts on file from previous institutions, you will automatically be reviewed for transfer credits. Within three weeks of your acceptance, the college will send you an e-mail with the results of your transfer credit evaluation. You can also review our current database to see what courses are approved for transfer.
A student can be awarded transfer credit for the externship based on previous work experience. Eligible students need to have at least 2.5 years of post-high school foodservice experience with progressive levels of responsibility in the professional kitchen. To be considered for this credit, students must submit the standard admissions materials as well as their résumé and an additional professional letter of recommendation. Students will be required to submit an online application and attach items electronically, and a personal interview may be scheduled to discuss and verify their experience. Students must submit their application any time before the end of the first semester, and will be notified of the application decision within two weeks. Space may be limited for this opportunity.
The CIA has articulation agreements in place with other educational organizations, including high schools and National Student Organizations (NSOs). The college also has articulation agreements with Orange County Community College and Rockland Community College, both in New York State. View a list of these organizations (PDF). For further information, please contact Rachel Birchwood, senior director of admissions and enrollment, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, contact the Center for Career and Academic Advising at email@example.com. To review the full policy, please refer to the CIA Academic Catalog at catalog.ciachef.edu.