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  • Fire Up Your Future at the CIA

    The best way to learn is by doing, and you won’t find a better place to get a professional hands-on education than at the CIA. Not only will you master mise en place—a cornerstone to CIA student success in the kitchen—you’ll also develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills through an academic curriculum that’s grounded in the business of food and its impact on the world. Sharpen your focus with a paid internship semester at one of more than 2,000+ CIA-approved world-class organizations (spanning every segment of food and hospitality). Then further your real-world experience in nine award-winning public-service restaurants—#OnlyAtCIA.

    If a future in food is your passion—you’ve just found your dream school! Hands-down—the best hands-on education is here at the CIA.

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  • Only At CIA

    Our faculty literally wrote the book

    Our faculty literally wrote many of the definitive culinary books—including, The Professional Chef. Other colleges teach from it, but the experts are here.

    real-world experience in CIA restaurants

    Get a real-world experience in an award-winning setting, with our nine student-run, public-service restaurants located in major food and wine destinations.

    best college career fair in the world of food

    Gain exclusive access to the best college career fair in the world of food—hundreds of the very best restaurant and hospitality companies come to you three times a year, every year to hire CIA grads.

    CIA Alumni

    Join the food world’s most powerful alumni network with over 50,000 food industry leaders and change makers in all corners of the world.

  • Get Your Start or Advance Your Food Career Here

    Whether you’ve always dreamed of becoming a culinary professional or you’re looking for career advancement, you’re in the right place! Make the most of your skills, knowledge, and life experience by earning a CIA degree or certificate—backed by our worldwide reputation for excellence and extraordinary faculty. We’ll help you reach your career goals no matter where you are in your career and education path:

    • A CIA degree is your passport to a successful food career—Explore our bachelor’s and associate degree programs—there’s a major for every interest, whether you want to be a chef or baker, an entrepreneur, or a hotel events manager.
    • Already an experienced food professional? Get college credit for your work experience with our Turbo Option and earn your CIA degree in as little as 15 months.
    • Looking to change careers? Start the culinary or baking and pastry career you’ve always dreamed of with a CIA associate degree. If you already have a bachelor’s, our culinary arts certificate program is an option too.
    • Looking to transfer? Get ready to finally pursue your passion. Apply the credits you’ve already earned for a career in food with our bachelor’s degree completion programs.
    • Are you a military veteran or active duty looking to transition to a civilian career? Make the most of your hard-earned education benefits with a CIA associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree. Choose the best—your GI Bill benefits and Yellow Ribbon program can cover up to 100% of your CIA tuition.
    • Ready to advance your career with a master’s degree? Take your career to the next level with a pioneering online graduate degree program that pairs high-end business education with a food focus found only at the CIA or immerse yourself in the Napa Valley’s wine culture in the CIA master’s in wine management.
  • Invest in Your Future—You’re Worth It

    #1 in college ROI—upon graduation and for your future.

    We’re dedicated to developing future leaders of the food and hospitality industry. A degree from the CIA not only pays back immediately but grows over time vs. any culinary degree that you could pursue from a degree-granting culinary college.


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  • College Life with a Culinary Twist

    At the CIA, you’ll find all the ingredients you need to create a college experience that’s uniquely yours—guided by your passions, your interests, and your imagination. Each of our campuses offers a distinct flavor, a unique feel; yet at every one, you’ll be part of a tight-knit, diverse community of students and instructors from all over the world and all walks of life, united in your shared passion for food. Get an up-close look at the CIA from home—check out our virtual tours and online events >

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