Bachelor's in Applied Food Studies (Bachelor Degree)

The Culinary Institute of America United States

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The award
Bachelor 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 Bachelor's in Applied Food Studies at The Culinary Institute of America

You love food—and value where it comes from, how it’s grown, and the policies that influence the future of global and local food sources. Our Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) in Applied Food Studies program prepares you to become a responsible leading expert in food systems, sustainability, and advocacy. This gives you a wide range of career options with global impact—including government policy maker and food advocate, nonprofit executive director, food media professional, food and culinary educator, and other fields where you’ll be able to influence how food is perceived, understood, and distributed around the world. The CIA’s industry-experienced faculty will ensure you receive a hands-on, real world learning experience that provides you with the foundation for a successful career. After you’ve earned your degree, you will have a clear understanding of food policy, ethics, and ecology, as well as agriculture and sustainability, local and global food systems, and diverse cuisines of the world.


  • Learn how to explain complex food-related concepts to different audiences to influence public opinion.
  • Apply your advanced knowledge of global food issues and food history to current events.
  • Build your confidence and strengthen your leadership skills through mastery of communication skills.
  • Gain valuable real-world experience through off-campus internships and hands-on work in CIA’s state-of-the-art kitchens and bakeshops.
  • Choose a concentration that matches your career goals, such as advanced wine, beverage, and hospitality; farm-to-table; and Asian, Italian, or Latin cuisine.
  • 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 Baldor, Batali and Bastianich, Blackberry Farm, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, CAST Alimenti, Dogfish Head Brewing, Marriott, and Unidine, 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 awardBachelor 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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