Adult Degree Completion Program: Bachelor's in Culinary Arts (Bachelor Degree)

The Culinary Institute of America United States

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The award
Bachelor Degree

How long you will study
4 Semester

Domestic course fees
USD 14690 per semester

How you will study

Course starts
January, September

International course fees
USD 14690 per semester

All study options

About Adult Degree Completion Program: Bachelor's in Culinary Arts at The Culinary Institute of America

Take the college credits you’ve already earned and apply them toward finishing a CIA Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) in Culinary Arts degree. Through our Adult Degree Completion Program, you’ll waste no time receiving an in-depth culinary arts education that will complement your previous studies and change the way you look at food. You’ll move from foundational culinary courses to advanced electives or a concentration where you’ll focus on areas of the food industry most important to you. The CIA’s industry-experienced faculty will ensure you receive a hands-on learning experience that puts you in line for a top position. A CIA degree prepares you to confidently launch your career in the exciting world of food.


  • Focus on traditional and contemporary culinary, beverage, and service techniques and skills.
  • Explore food systems, creating menus, food safety, baking, banquet cookery, high-volume production cooking, wine studies, and global cuisines.
  • Tailor your education through one of our many bachelor’s degree concentrations with a semester away, including regional cuisine and culture, farm-to-table practices, and wines and beverages.
  • Travel abroad to immerse yourself in another country’s rich culinary and cultural heritage through a unique elective course.
  • Build a foundation of ethical, social responsibility and global intercultural awareness.
  • Gain real-world experience through a 15-week paid internship at one of CIA’s 2,000+ food industry partners.
  • Experience firsthand how successful restaurants are operated in an award-winning, student-staffed CIA dining establishment such as Ristorante Caterina de' Medici, the American Bounty Restaurant, or even a pop-up. 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 three times a year to recruit students. Discuss career opportunities with these leaders, which include Boca Raton Resort and Spa, Dinex (Daniel Boulud’s Restaurant Group), Jean-Georges Restaurants, Make It Nice (Eleven Madison Park), Union Square Hospitality Group, 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 awardBachelor DegreeHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study4 semester
    Course startsJanuary, SeptemberDomestic 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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