Transfer Students: Welcome to Your New College!

  • With Your Prior Education, Knowledge, and Accomplishments, You Have a Terrific Opportunity Here at the CIA.

    The CIA Credit Transfer Policy allows you to apply relevant credits earned, life achievements, and select exam results to your CIA degree education. It’ll help you make a smooth transition to CIA and allow you to jump right into classes surrounded by students like you—with a passion for food and a desire to make it their career.

    Choose the CIA When Transferring Colleges

    You’ll enjoy a number of great benefits when you transfer credits to the world’s premier culinary college:

    • Start Your Food Career ASAP: With the possibility to transfer up to 60 credits and reduce the number of semesters, you can put the power of a CIA degree to work food industry sooner.
    • Save on Tuition: Your transfer credits may help reduce your overall costs.
    • Earn CIA Scholarships for Transfer Students: Unlike many other colleges, the CIA offers transfer students the same financial aid opportunities as first-time freshmen.

    Am I Eligible for Credit Transfer to CIA?

    The following students are eligible to transfer credits to the CIA:

    • Community college students
    • College graduates
    • AP, CLEP, or DSST exam takers
    • Adults with life experience

    Learn more about what qualifies on our Transfer Credit Policy page.

    Apply today to get on the path to your successful career! Get Started Now!


    Have you already earned some college credit? You may qualify for our Adult Degree Completion Program. Learn more about how you can earn your Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) in Culinary Arts >
  • “Almost every profession has an outstanding training ground. The military has West Point, music has Juilliard, and the culinary arts has the Institute.”
    — Craig Claiborne, Celebrated Author and Food Critic, The New York Times