Founding in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) has been setting the standard for excellence in professional culinary education for nearly seven decades. The CIA is an independent, not-for-profit college offering bachelor's degrees in food business management, applied food studies, and culinary science; associate degrees in culinary arts or baking and pastry arts; and certificate programs.
Outstanding Degree Programs
As the world's premier culinary college, the CIA offers gold standard degree programs that prepare students to become leaders in the food world. In addition, CIA bachelor’s degree students have the opportunity to focus their course of study with a concentration in Advanced Concepts in Baking and Pastry; Advanced Wine, Beverage, Hospitality; American Food Studies: Farm-to-Table Cooking; Latin Cuisine Studies: New World Flavors, Ingredients, and Techniques; Asian Cuisine: An Edible Journey from Traditional to Contemporary; Intrapreneurship: Driving Innovation from Within an Organization.
World-Class Academic Facilities
Culinary Institute of America students benefit from an extraordinary learning environment that includes professionally equipped kitchens, bakeshops, and classrooms, as well as the opportunity to gain real-world experience working in student-staffed public restaurants on campus.
CIA students learn from masters of the foodservice profession. The college’s award-winning education team of more than 170 chefs and instructors from 17 countries brings unparalleled industry experience and credentials to every kitchen and classroom.
Influential Alumni Network
CIA graduates do it all in the food world. From executive chefs to sommeliers, from entrepreneurs to research chefs, and from restaurateurs to CEOs, The Culinary Institute of America’s more than 49,000 successful alumni form a powerful career network. These talented leaders are instrumental to the growth and innovation of the foodservice and hospitality industry.
Vibrant Student Community
We enrol students from virtually every U.S. state and 30 countries at our three campus locations, providing a wonderful environment where you can meet new friends with similar interests.
The CIA is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, a prestigious regional association that accredits leading four-year colleges and universities.