Bachelor's Degree in Food Business Management (BBA, Bachelor Degree)

The Culinary Institute of America

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The award
BBA, Bachelor Degree

How long you will study
38 months

Domestic course fees
USD 14690 per semester

How you will study

Course starts
January, September

International course fees
USD 14690 per semester

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About Bachelor's Degree in Food Business Management at The Culinary Institute of America

Are you a food entrepreneur? Someone who wants to take charge of their career and run their own restaurant? Today’s global food industry is packed with opportunities—and fierce competition. In our Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Food Business Management degree program, you’ll gain the leadership skills, management experience, and entrepreneurial know-how to build a successful career in this thriving industry. The CIA’s industry-experienced faculty will ensure you receive a hands-on learning experience that puts you in line for a top position. After you’ve earned your degree, you will have a clear understanding of how to blend vital business management skills with your passion for food.


  • Sharpen your business savvy through coursework in financial accounting, food service and human resource management, food marketing and promotion, and advanced cooking, pastry, and hospitality management.
  • Learn to identify market opportunities as well as create business plans specifically designed for the food industry.
  • Map out your own education plan with a variety of concentrations in advanced baking and pastry; advanced wine, beverage, and hospitality; farm-to-table; Asian, Latin, or Italian cuisine; and intrapreneurship.
  • Interact with more than 130 companies that visit the CIA’s campus four times a year to recruit students. Discuss career opportunities with these leaders, which include Compass Group, Delaware North/Patina Group, The Four Seasons, Hillstone Restaurant Group, Marriott, Unidine, Union Square Hospitality Group, and Wegmans, among many others.
  • Through a 15 week paid internship, gain real-world experience at one of CIA’s 2,000+ food industry partners.

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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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