Associate Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts (Associate Degree)

The Culinary Institute of America United States

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The award
Associate Degree

How long you will study
21 Months

Domestic course fees
USD 14690 per semester

How you will study

Course starts
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

International course fees
USD 14690 per semester

All study options

About Associate Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts 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.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardAssociate DegreeHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study21 months
    Course startsJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, DecemberDomestic course feesUSD 14690 per semesterInternational course feesUSD 14690 per semester

Notes about fees for this course

2017–2018 Tuition and Fees

The tuition and fees listed below go into effect on July 1, 2017 for all degree programs at our Hyde Park, NY campus.

First Semester

Freshman Tuition* $14,690

Application $50

Supplies $755†/$620††

Board** $1,775

General Fee+ $740

Total $18,010/$17,875  

Second Semester

Freshman Tuition* $14,690

Board** $1,775

General Fee+ $740

Total $17,205

* 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.
† First-semester supplies for culinary arts students include culinary tool kit and uniforms.
†† First-semester supplies for baking and pastry arts students include baking & pastry tool kit and uniforms.
‡ Supplies for culinary arts students.
‡‡ Supplies for baking and pastry arts students.
+ The general fee includes charges such as student activity and exam fees.
Note: Students in the bachelor’s degree programs may take a three-credit elective in Global Cuisines and Cultures. Rates are subject to change based on seasonal costs and exchange rates at the time of booking. Rates will be announced prior to registration for the course and currently average $5,000 per trip.

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

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

Offical Transcript(s) from High School or College

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