CIA Applicants

The Collaborative Degree Program

                                                        If I am applying from the CIA, how do I get started?
Research the curriculum and opportunities at the School of Hotel Administration program to be sure they fit with your career goals.  Attend an information session, hosted monthly at CIA with dates posted on the Main Menu (CIA’s student portal).   Complete your CIA associates degree and fulfill the Cornell transfer application requirements. If accepted, you will be awarded transfer credits based on your CIA grades. The School of Hotel Administration has already pre-approved the CIA curriculum in evaluating transfer credits, resulting in an accelerated award of transfer credits to CIA students (currently 50 transfer credits for Culinary Arts or Baking & Pastry Arts graduates).  This translates to four or five semesters at Cornell.  View School of Hotel Administration specific transfer information, request an application interview, or view the printable Collaborative Degree Program brochure.

Is this a guaranteed acceptance to Cornell?
Cornell is an Ivy League institution and requires all applicants to meet its standards for admission. You must apply and be accepted into the School of Hotel Administration as a transfer student, at which point you will be eligible for the pre-approved transfer credits outlined in the Collaborative Degree Program, based on your grades at the CIA.

Cornell seems very competitive. How will I qualify for the program?
As a transfer student, you have had the chance to build additional credentials to strengthen your application to Cornell.  You have had work experiences, a history of college level course work, leadership opportunities, and the chance to show a passion for your chosen field.  You are also more focused on your short and long term goals than you may have been when you graduated high school.  You have the opportunity to show these factors on your application – in your essays, references, responses to questions, and interview – to demonstrate why you would be a good candidate for the School of Hotel Administration.

What transfer credits do I receive for my CIA coursework? Can I get additional transfer credits from classes outside the CIA?
CIA transfer students with an AOS in Culinary Arts or Baking & Pastry Arts receive 50 transfer credits. Additional credits may be accepted, depending on what areas they are in.  Review the SHA curriculum and focus your additional studies in areas not covered by the Collaborative Degree Program transfer credits, such as microeconomics, statistics, accounting or finance.  There is no guarantee that additional transfer credit will be granted, and you will need to submit the class syllabus for transfer credit evaluation.

What is unique about the School of Hotel Administration program?
The intent is for students graduating from the Cornell program to have a broader perspective about the operations and impact of foodservice across the hospitality spectrum. At the School of Hotel Administration, students have the opportunity to learn about restaurant design and development, financing and management, to study foodservice in a variety of venues including hotels, resorts, spas, stadiums, institutions and other hospitality settings, and to participate in classes and activities specifically focused on restaurant entrepreneurship.

I graduated from the CIA several years ago. Can I be part of the collaborative degree program? Depending on how long ago you graduated, you may be eligible for the majority of the transfer credit awarded to participants in the Collaborative Degree Program.  Requests will be handled on a case by case basis.

I am an international student. Do I have special application requirements?
While Cornell is truly a global university, international applicants are required to be proficient in English.  For specific application requirements and the necessary TOEFLS or IELTS scores, visit Cornell’s international student page.

I am on the bachelor’s track at CIA. What are the requirements to enter the Master of Management in Hospitality (MMH) program at Cornell after I graduate?
The MMH program offers the rigorous business management curriculum you’d expect to find in a top MBA program, but with an exclusive focus on the hospitality and services industries. Class discussions, projects, and case studies are intended to hone the specific skills students need to lead our dynamic global industry into the future. The MMH degree is accredited by AACSB International—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business—which certifies the world’s foremost schools and colleges of business.

The average age of the applicant is 26, with about four years of work experience. The average GMAT score is 630 and 90% of students have worked in the hospitality industry. For specific requirements and to apply, visit the MMH web page.

Sometimes it helps in your decision making to visit the campus, so if you haven’t been to Ithaca, it is a nice trip and you can experience the community, which is relatively small but diverse.  The admissions team recommends requesting information online as it adds you to their database and then, even if you decide not to apply to the MMH program immediately, you still receive news and updates.

How much does the MMH program cost? What financing options are available?
The MMH program is a three semester program and tuition for 2019-2020 is $28,275 per semester.  A full list of estimated expenses will help you budget for your graduate studies and there are a number of opportunities for financing your graduate education, including veterans benefits, loans, scholarships, and employer assistance.

How can I tour the School of Hotel Administration and Cornell? The SC Johnson College of Business (including both the Dyson School and School of Hotel Administration) Undergraduate Admissions information sessions are offered during the academic year, on Mondays and Fridays at 10:15 p.m.  While using the online link is preferred to plan your visit, you can reach the Admissions team at 607.254.4228 or sha_admissions@cornell.edu for more information and tour availability.

Guided walking tours of the Cornell University campus are also available throughout the year. The tours will give you an introduction to Cornell’s history, its seven undergraduate colleges and schools, student life, athletics, and some legend and tradition. The tours are wheelchair accessible, are mostly outdoors, and last about one hour. Cornell conducts tours rain or shine. General tours depart from Martin Y. Tang Welcome Center, located at 616 Thurston Ave., unless noted otherwise. The Martin Y. Tang Welcome Center is designed to welcome and inform prospective students, parents and thousands of Ithaca area visitors. Visitor Relations student and professional staff are on hand to greet, provide information and lead general campus tours.

Maps of the Cornell campus

Information for visitors and guests with disabilities

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