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  • CIA Associate Degree Programs

  • Feed Your Passion and Creativity

    You鈥檙e going to love our associate degree programs because you鈥檒l be doing what you love! You鈥檒l get creative in our kitchens and bakeshops, and learn in courses that are 100% focused on food. Discover new ingredients, techniques, flavors, and so much more. Then put it all into practice during your internship, and by preparing and serving food in our public restaurants and bakery caf茅s.

    Choose your major, master your mise en place (French for 鈥渆verything in its place鈥), and get ready to succeed in the food world.


    Associate Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts

    Baking and Pastry Arts

    Looking for a creative career with a sweet payoff? Major in baking and pastry arts. In less than two years, you鈥檒l learn to craft high-end breads, chocolates, confections, pastries, and plated desserts.



    Associate Degree in Culinary Arts

    Culinary Arts

    Love to cook? Want to be a top chef or restaurateur? The culinary arts major is for you. You鈥檒l explore global cuisines, develop creative menus, manage staff, and gain key organizational skills.


  • Real-World, Live-Action Classrooms

    You just won鈥檛 find this many opportunities to get real in the food world anywhere else鈥攖he most on-campus, student-staffed restaurants around, and an internship at one of 2,000+ leading food businesses (that鈥檚 a lot of industry contacts!)
  • Have Prior Work Experience? Go Turbo!

    Earn your CIA degree in as little as 15 months with this accelerated degree program option. Learn more >
  • Want to Go Higher in Food?

    Consider a CIA bachelor鈥檚 degree, built on the same hands-on core. Then, go even further with the .

    Already have some college credits? Check out our degree completion programs for transfer and adult students.
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  • Zachary Bryant, CIA New York Associate Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts student.

    Student Spotlight

    Zachary Bryant
    Associate Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts
    鈥淓very single chef I鈥檝e met has changed my life for the better. Each provided extensive and wise knowledge of the kitchen and life in general. I鈥檒l never forget what my chefs have taught me.鈥
    Genevieve Meli, baking and pastry arts associate degree alumna of The Culinary Institute of America.

    Alumni Spotlight

    Genevieve Meli '07
    Chef, Author, Educator
    鈥淲hen it came time to go to college, the CIA was the only school I considered attending. I wanted the best education possible.鈥
  • Did You Know?


    CIA students get r茅sum茅 building experience during their paid internship at one of more than 2,000+ CIA-approved world-class organizations.
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