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

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The award
Bachelor Degree

How long you will study
4 - 8 Semester

Domestic course fees
USD 16000 per semester

How you will study

Course starts
January, September, April

International course fees
USD 16000 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 - 8 semester
    Course startsJanuary, September, AprilDomestic course feesUSD 16000 per semesterInternational course feesUSD 16000 per semester

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

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

Offical Transcript(s) from High School or College

Proof of English Proficiency

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