The Culinary Institute of America

  • Bachelor's Degree: Baking and Pastry Arts Management

    Today's baking and pastry leader is equal parts artist, culinarian, and astute businessperson. In the CIA's Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) in Baking and Pastry Arts Management degree program, you will gain the ideal management and cultural knowledge for careers in management, or for creating your own business in the future. And, after you complete your CIA associate degree, you can complete this bachelor’s program in just 17 months.

    Apply Now

    After completing your CIA associate degree in baking and pastry arts, in the junior and senior years of this bachelor's degree program you will:


    You must have an AOS degree in baking and pastry arts from The Culinary Institute of America to be accepted into this program.



    Required Liberal Arts Courses (24 Credits)

    Survey of Mathematics or Science Fundamentals3 credits
    Literature and Composition3 credits
    Principles of Macroeconomics or Principles of Microeconomics3 credits
    History ( Select two)
    History and Cultures of Asia
    History and Cultures of Europe
    History and Cultures of the Americas
    6 credits
    Social Science (Select one)
    Anthropology of Food
    Principles of Macroeconomics
    Principles of Microeconomics
    Psychology of Human Behavior
    Social Psychology
    3 credits
    Foreign Language* Chinese, French , Italian, or Spanish
    Elementary Chinese I
    Elementary Chinese II
    Elementary French I
    Elementary French II
    Elementary Italian I
    Elementary Italian II
    Elementary Spanish I
    Elementary Spanish II
    Intermediate French
    Intermediate Italian
    Intermediate Spanish
    6 credits

    Liberal Arts Electives (Select one) (3 Credits)

    American Freedom: A People's History of the Constitution or Ecology of Food or Feasting and Fasting in Latin America or Introduction to Creative Writing or Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art or Reading Film or Shakespeare: Play and Performance3 credits

    Required Business Management Courses (15 Credits)

    Financial Accounting
    3 credits
    Foodservice Management
    3 credits
    Human Resource Management
    3 credits
    Marketing and Promoting Food
    3 credits
    Finance or Managerial Accounting3 credits

    Business Management Electives (Select three) (9 Credits)

    Beverage Operations Management or Business Planning or Consumer Behavior or Current Issues in Hospitality Technology or Foodservice Management in Health Care or Foodservice Technology or Leadership and Ethics or Organizational Behavior or Personal Finance9 credits

    Additional Required Courses (6 Credits)

    Food, Wine, and (Agri)culture
    2 credits
    Food, Wine, and (Agri)culture Trip
    1 credit
    Culinary Course (Select one)
    Advanced Cooking
    Advanced Pastry
    Culinary Science
    Senior Thesis: Baking and Pastry Arts
    Senior Thesis: Culinary Arts
    3 credits

    Free Electives (Select from) (6 Credits)

    Advanced Wine Studies or Brewed: History, Culture, and Production or Field Experience and Action Plan or Honors Thesis Seminar or Introduction to Food Jobs or Professional Food Writing or Science of Nutrition or Spirits and Principles of Mixology or Women in Leadership6 credits
    Total Credits: 63 Junior/Senior Year
    *The foreign language requirement must be fulfilled by the end of junior year.



    The CIA is very committed to making your CIA education as affordable as possible. Our costs are comparable to similar colleges, and here's even better news—approximately 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid.

    Don't let applying for financial assistance keep you from going to the world's premier culinary college. No matter what your individual circumstances are, we will work with you to help make attending the CIA an affordable investment in your future in the world of food.


    Baking and Pastry Careers

    If you dream of opening your own bustling bakery or stylish café, creating and styling spectacular cakes, or preparing hundreds of desserts for an elegant catered affair, a career in pastry is for you. As a pastry chef, you'll make the chocolates, confections, pastries, and plated desserts that delight customers. With jobs as varied as pastry cook, pastry chef, executive pastry chef, chocolatier, and boulanger, opportunities abound in places like hotels, restaurants, resorts, bistros, bakeries, and private clubs. Pastry chefs must be both artistic and detail-oriented while working in a fast-paced environment.

  • Andrew Belen

    Spotlight On: Andrew BelenBPS Baking & Pastry Arts Management

    "Taking care of people, making people happy, and receiving the five star quality approval is what I’m after. Having the talent to bake and cook has its perks; you get to bring joy to people with your art, passion, and food. Plating up desserts under a time crunch; it’s such a rad adrenaline rush you can’t get anywhere else and I love it."