Programs Overview

  • IUP Culinary Arts Academy students work with lobster

    Great chefs aren't born: They're made-with passion, learning, and experience. Start here.

    Read about great chefs, and you'll discover that they share a passion for cooking, a desire to learn, and years of experience. You already have the passion. Start your learning by working hands-on with food right away in the culinary programs at IUP.

    We offer you an accelerated 16-month program that is nationally recognized and accredited by the American Culinary Federation. Study Culinary Arts for 12 months: fall, spring, and summer semesters), and begin your industry experience in a paid externship during your final semester.

    Our culinary campus in Punxsutawney, Pa. provides you with a unique opportunity to live and learn with a community of faculty and peers who share your passion for cooking.

    What's special about our culinary campus in Punxsutawney, Pa. is that it gives you the university experience in an intimate setting. Culinary class sizes are small.

    You learn through a three-step process:

    • Theory. Understand the why of food.
    • Demonstration and application. Gain knowledge from chefs who bring years of industry experience.
    • Proficiency. Get the time and personal attention you need to perfect your culinary skills.

    Culinary Arts Program

    This program is the foundation of all IUP Culinary majors. During your first three semesters you will study:

    • Classical, contemporary, and international cooking methods
    • Baking and pastry arts
    • Artistic plate presentations
    • Food purchasing and cost controls
    • Restaurant management
    • Menu and kitchen design
    • Management and motivation of employees
    • Leadership and communication skills
    • Computer applications in food service
    • And much more!

    Baking and Pastry Arts Program

    Expand your baking expertise in this second-year baking and pastry arts program!

    Begin your studies in culinary arts and continue on to baking and pastry arts. You will take two additional semesters of advanced baking and pastry coursework which will include an expanded curriculum in:

    • Quick breads, laminated dough
    • Basic and artisanal breads
    • Pies, tarts, pastries
    • Cookies, petit four, cakes
    • Advanced cake decorating and wedding cakes
    • Custards and mousse
    • Plated desserts
    • Chocolate and candies
    • Ice cream and sorbet
    • Pastillage, chocolate, and sugar showpieces

    Pairing Culinary Arts with a Bachelor's Degree

    One of the hottest job growth areas in the hospitality industry is for culinary graduates with practical experience and a four-year degree. You can apply credits from the Academy of Culinary Arts toward a four-year degree in either:

    • Hospitality management. Complete the Culinary Arts program and you will be eligible to receive 42 credits toward the bachelor of science degree in hospitality management at IUP.
    • Food and nutrition. Complete the Culinary Arts program and you will be eligible to receive 32 credits toward the bachelor of science degree in food and nutrition. This degree program offers you two tracks that can be combined with culinary arts: Culinary Dietetics or Nutrition.

    Paid Externships

    All culinary programs complete with a paid externship. You'll be introduced to many industry employers at our Externship Sponsor Fair in the spring semester. You'll learn about career opportunities, meet executive chefs and human resource representatives, and be interviewed for your paid externship.

    • 100 percent of our students are offered externship positions.
    • 85 percent are offered jobs in four-or five-star and diamond properties. 

    Study Abroad in Switzerland

    After your first three semesters at IUP, you can spend a year in Switzerland at the Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland. For the first six months you will study at CIS, and for the final six months you will work in one of Switzerland's restaurants, fulfilling both the CIS and IUP externship requirements.