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Associate Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts, Associate Degree, The Culinary Institute of America

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The Culinary Institute of America

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The award How you will study Study duration Course start Domestic course fees International course fees
Associate DegreeFull-time21 monthsJanuary, April, SeptemberUSD 16000 per semesterUSD 16000 per semester

About Associate Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts, Associate Degree - at The Culinary Institute of America

Learn to run your own bakery or café, design spectacular cakes, or prepare desserts for high-end catered affairs? If so, the CIA Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS) in Baking and Pastry Arts degree program is for you. Our industry-experienced faculty will ensure you receive a hands-on learning experience that provides you with the foundation for a successful career. After you’ve earned your degree in less than two years, you’ll be trained to craft high-end, delicious chocolates, confections, pastries, and plated desserts. A CIA associate degree is the perfect way to seamlessly enter our bachelor’s-level programs. Or hit the ground running by pursuing a CIA bachelor’s degree in your first year!


  • Throughout your education, learn to create artisan breads, desserts, pastries, chocolates, and confections.
  • Learn the basics of cooking, gastronomy, menu development, food safety, and cost control.
  • Study pastry techniques, baking ingredients and technology, hospitality, nutrition, and principles of design.
  • Bake simple and complex cakes and tortes using a variety of techniques as well as classical and modern presentations.
  • Hone your business skills with courses in management, communications, and finance.
  • Gain real-world experience through a 15-week paid internship at one of CIA’s 2,000+ food industry partners.
  • By working in the CIA’s student-staffed Apple Pie Bakery Café, experience firsthand how a successful bakery café is operated. All CIA restaurants are public-facing, fully operational retail dining establishments that serve more than 333,000 customers annually.
  • Interact with more than 130 companies that visit CIA’s campus four times a year to recruit students. Discuss career opportunities with these leaders, which include Bread Alone, Carlo’s Bakery, Hershey Resorts, Magnolia Bakery, Something Natural, and Walt Disney World, among many others.

Notes about fees for this course

2020–2021 Tuition and Fees—Associate and Bachelor’s Degree Programs

The tuition and fees listed below go into effect on July 1, 2020 for all degree programs at our Hyde Park, NY campus.

Tuition* $16,000 Board**# $1,955 General Fee+ $810 Total per Semester $18,765

* Full-time tuition is per semester, with each semester ranging from 12–18 credits.
** Board listed is the CIA Meal Plan, which provides points equivalent to two meals per day on scheduled class days with flexible gold points that can be used throughout the semester. (See the catalog for more information).
# Board for the semester in the international concentration will be as follows: Italy—$1,655, Singapore—$500, and Spain—$500.
+ The general fee includes charges such as student activity and support services, exam fees and secondary student accident insurance.


  • In addition to the fees noted in the charts above, students will be charged a $50 application fee.
  • Students will be charged a fee in their entering semester for supplies and uniforms of $1,030. Students in the Culinary Science program will be charged a Uniform Fee of $150 when they register for Culinary Chemistry.
  • A graduation fee of $300 will be charged for all degrees conferred after July 1, 2020.
  • Students enrolled in the Asian Cuisine or Italian Cuisine concentrations that are studying in Singapore or Italy will be charged a $2,850 International Concentration Fee. See International Studies Semester-Away Fee for Concentrations for details.
  • Students who take the Global Cuisines and Cultures course will be subject to an additional charge. See Global Cuisines and Cultures for details.

Residence Hall Rates

On-campus housing is available to students at the New York campus. Rates per semester are as follows:

New York Campus Single $4,520 Double—lodge $4,140 Double or Quad $3,955 Triple—lodge $3,560 Triple (limited availability) $3,280 Tobin Lofts (off-campus, bachelor’s concentration students only, San Antonio, TX) Single $4,140 Double $3,955 International Concentration Semester Double (Italy) $3,955 Triple (Italy) $3,280 Single (Singapore) $4,520 Double (Singapore) $4,140 Single (Spain) $4,520 Double (Spain) $3,955


Fees That May Be Assessed

Late registration fee $150 Late payment fee $150 Internship re-registration fee $150 Practical, Costing, and ServSafe Exams retake fee $100 Life achievement portfolio fee $500 Part-time and overload fees (per credit)* $1,068 Practical and Costing Exams no-show fee $150 Internship ePortfolio resubmission fee $50

* For students who take fewer than 12 credits or more than 18 credits

Entry requirements

Official Culinary Institute of America Application for Admission

Answers to Essay Questions

Character Letter of Recommendation from a Teacher, Employer, or Professional Colleague

Declaration of Financial Support

Proof of English Proficiency

Bank Statement Showing Proof of One Year's Tuition and Fees

Offical Transcript(s) from High School or College

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