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Master the World of Food

The food industry has become increasingly complex. That’s why there’s no better place to immerse yourself in the food world and gain a competitive advantage than at CIA’s School of Graduate Studies. Here, you will learn from faculty with deep industry expertise and join CIA alumni in nearly every corner of the food world, from research and development to health policy to environmental science.

With online master’s degree programs in Food Business, Sustainable Food Systems, or Wine and Beverage Management, CIA has the right program to expand your career options, elevate your skills, and reset your goals. A CIA credential will open doors throughout the food world and usher you into our industry-wide alumni network. Created with working professionals in mind, flexible online learning allows you to advance or launch your food career without putting the rest of your life on hold. Make an impact on your future and the future of food today.

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Master’s in Food Business

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This signature master’s program will develop your business acumen and provide the tool set needed to launch your own food business or drive innovations within your current company. Our online master's degree program pairs the rigorous business education with a food focus found only at CIA. Learn More

Master’s in Sustainable Food Systems

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The only master’s program approaching sustainability issues through a culinary lens. This pioneering online master’s program addresses the complex social, environmental, and economic factors directly affecting the world’s food systems. Prepare to lead change and drive impact. Learn More

Master’s in Wine and Beverage Management

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Get an advantage in the thriving wine and beverage industry with a one-of-a-kind accredited master’s degree combining the theory and tasting of wines with a thorough understanding of the business of wine, including marketing, distribution, and beverage management. Learn More


Plated Food - Culinary Arts Masters

Introducing Master’s in Culinary Arts

This first-of-its kind program—the pinnacle of culinary arts education—is designed to prepare the next generation of leading restaurateurs for ownership and success in the rapidly changing world of fine dining. Online academics are paired with immersive paid internships at Michelin-starred restaurants for unprecedented access and learning enrichment. Full tuition from the Dom Pérignon Culinary Scholarship is granted to all admitted students. To be considered, you must have a bachelor’s degree and demonstrated accomplishments in a professional culinary setting.

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Faculty and Industry Experts​

Our faculty are among the foremost doers, makers, entrepreneurs, and innovators from the worlds of education, business, design, and technology. They share a passion for craft and mastery, but also for surprise and experimentation.

Brooke Golden

Brooke Golden

Differentiation, Branding, and Packaging

Philip Colicchio, Esq.

Philip Colicchio, Esq.

Legal Strategies and Challenges for the Restaurateur


Kyleigh Wawak

Design Thinking for Food

Dr. Scott Alves Barton

Dr. Scott Alves Barton

Why the Food Business Is About More Than Food




Alumni Spotlights

Graduate alumni at CIA bring with them diverse backgrounds, unique perspectives, and personal experiences from all walks of life.

Andrea Todd ’21

Andrea Todd ’21

Vice President, Dessert Holdings

Master’s in Food Business

Megan McQuinn ’22

Megan McQuinn ’22

Strategy Manager, Starbucks

Master’s in Food Business

Michael Hornback ’21

Michael Hornback ’21

Corporate Executive Chef, Custom Culinary

Master’s in Food Business

Jeffry Wiesinger ’23

Jeffry Wiesinger ’23

Owner, Jeffry’s Wine Country BBQ

Master’s in Wine and Beverage Management


Upcoming Events

    • Master’s Degree Virtual Info Sessions

      Interested in a master’s degree from CIA’s School of Graduate Studies? Our Graduate Admissions Team will provide details on the curriculum, admissions process, and why our programs will put you on the path for career growth. Plus, ask your questions and get them answered in real-time.

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Chat with a Student

Want to find out more about our master’s program? Chat with our student ambassadors and ask any questions you have.

Chat with Tracy, a Food Business master’s student

Chat with Lani, a Sustainable Food Systems master’s student

Chat with Leigh, a Wine and Beverage Management master’s student


What They Are Saying

“The food industry is evolving at a rapid pace and needs us now more than ever before. I got my master’s degree in order to become a leader in the transformation of the global food system towards a healthier planet for future generations”
Michael Hornback, CIA master’s degree student

Michael Hornback, CIA Master's Degree student.

“Getting my master’s degree from CIA was a wonderful journey. While still learning, I applied my lessons in business and doubled my income! I now have modern ideas to better run my business.”
Judy Doherty, CIA master’s degree graduate

Judy Doherty, graduate from the Culinary Institute of America master's degree program.

“As someone who lives abroad but still wanted to have access to the CIA’s stellar network of teachers and professionals, the online master’s program has been ideal for me. I have been able to balance my personal and professional life alongside my studies.”
Dylan Foley, CIA master’s degree student

Dylan Foley, CIA online master's degree student.

CIA’s School of Graduate Studies

At CIA’s School of Graduate Studies, students develop business acumen and leadership skills, understanding of complex sustainable food systems, the power of wine and beverage strategies, or the mastery of the highest levels of the culinary arts. Top industry experts and CIA faculty lead deep-dive discussions, research, and focused learning backed by the college’s unparalleled resources and connections. A master’s degree from the world’s premier culinary college is an ideal way for students and professionals to stand out and advance their career in the world of food, beverage and hospitality. It opens doors throughout the food world and connects graduates to CIA’s 50,000-strong, industry-wide alumni network.

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Contact our Graduate Admissions Team

CIA Graduate Admissions Team

Robert Tremblay ’10
Associate Director—Graduate Admissions

Rebecca Rein
Graduate Admissions and Enrollment Counselor