For students applying from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the collaborative degree program and how do I apply?
Students at the Cornell Hotel School can earn both their BS and complete the requirements for an Associate in Occupational Studies in Culinary Arts from the CIA during the course of their four-year program at Cornell. You will complete your CIA studies in two parts: the CIA’s Culinary Immersion Technique and Theory class and your extended CIA studies.

The Culinary Immersion is a three week intensive, where you will learn the culinary fundamentals necessary to succeed in your extended CIA studies. Students typically apply by December 1st of their sophomore year and attend this annual class at the end of the following May at CIA. In January or May following the Culinary Immersion, students complete their extended studies (two full semesters) at the CIA, working and learning daily in the finest training kitchens in the world.

The time away from Cornell is a semester and a summer. The CIA requires 6 months of commercial kitchen experience to be accepted and this is essential to successful completion of the program. In addition, students must be in good standing at Cornell.

You enter the program by completing a CIA application (also available from Emily Franco, Room 241 Statler Hall, Cornell University). You must notify Ms. Franco to officially be enrolled in the program.

Do I need to take special classes to qualify?
Students are required to have completed HADM 2360: Foodservice Management Theory and Practice prior to starting the Collaborative Degree Program, and HADM 3350: Restaurant Management before starting extended studies at the CIA.
In addition to the core curriculum, Hotel School students are required to take the following hotel elective courses to complete the degree requirement:

In lieu of HADM 4320 Contemporary Healthy Foods, students may also take NS1150 Nutrition, Health and Society. This requirement is only required for Culinary track students, not Baking & Pastry track students.

How will I be charged Cornell tuition for the time I am at the CIA?
When you apply to the program, you are applying to be accepted as a student at the CIA. Therefore, as a student at the CIA, you will be responsible for the CIA fees and tuition expenses for the time you are studying there. If you need financial assistance, you will also apply directly to the CIA for financial aid. During the semester you are away from Cornell, you will not incur Cornell tuition. Specific program costs can be found in the collaborative degree program brochure.

I am a senior, can I participate after graduation?
Special conditions apply to seniors applying to the program.  Seniors are still required to take the required SHA electives.  They will begin the first three week class in May the year prior to their graduation.  CIA classes begin immediately after Memorial Day, so SHA graduates will not have any break before entering the program.  In addition, once a student has reached the number of required credits for their BS degree, they are no longer eligible for certain state and federal financial aid.

I am missing a whole semester at Cornell. Do I get any credits towards my BS degree from the CIA?
Cornell students participating in the Collaborative Degree Program for Culinary Arts will receive 30 credits towards their Cornell degree: 6 credits in non-HADM electives and 24 credits in free electives.

I am interested in Baking & Pastry Arts. Can I pursue this path instead of the Culinary Arts path?
Cornell students can now pursue the Associates in Baking & Pastry Arts but this path requires three semesters at the CIA instead of two.  Students will follow the same initial path as the Culinary Arts candidates, taking the Culinary Immersion Technique and Theory class to begin their CIA studies.  See the collaborative degree program brochure.

Touring the CIA campus
Prospective students and visitors are encouraged to experience the CIA firsthand. Admissions Information Sessions (includes informational and tour) for prospective students are available throughout the week when the college is in session. Reservations are required, so please call the Admissions Department at 1-800-CULINARY (285-4627) or 845-451-1068 or register online at to schedule your visit.The general public can schedule tours on Monday-Friday at 4 p.m. and an additional time of Mondays at 10 a.m. when classes are in session. Tours are $6 per person and require reservations. For more information, or to schedule a tour, call 845-451-1588, Mon.–Fri. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Or take a virtual tour online at

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