Indiana University of Pennsylvania offers numerous certificate, associate, and bachelor's programs in the Culinary Arts. The IUP Academy of Culinary Arts provides the benefits of a large university in a small setting. Our classrooms and laboratories feature leading-edge equipment and technology. Students spend more hands-on production time with quality food than you would at any other culinary program in the country.

If you have a love for cooking and a craving to transform sweet and savory ingredients into memorable sensory experiences, the Academy of Culinary Arts is the place for you—big enough to prepare you for your culinary dreams, yet small enough to tailor your education to fit your needs.

Culinary Arts Program Options

At IUP, we offer a variety of options for students looking to earn different levels of education in culinary arts. The options available include:

student working in the culinary academy kitchenCulinary Arts Certificate

In this 16-month program, students study culinary theory and technical methods while learning about new foods, flavors, and cuisines. They also sharpen their business skills with computer and management courses.

Baking and Pastry Certificate

This 16-month program offers students small class sizes with optimal personal training. Students learn to create delicious, delectable pastries and cakes, magnificent showpieces, and the finest chocolates, all while working side-by-side with experienced, certified executive pastry chefs every day.

Associate Degree, Culinary Arts or Baking and Pastry Arts

An associate degree gives students a competitive edge in the job market. With just one additional semester beyond the certificate program, students can earn their Associate of Applied Science degree in Culinary Arts or Baking and Pastry Arts. That's just 12 additional credits of liberal studies courses!

Bachelor's Degree Options

One of the hottest job-growth areas in the hospitality industry is for culinary graduates with practical experience and a four-year degree. Students can apply credits from the Academy of Culinary Arts toward four-year degrees at IUP in Hotel, Restaurant, Tourism and Event Management, Nutrition, and Family and Consumer Science Education.

Culinary Arts Classes and Curriculum

Small classes provide the ideal environment for our industry-experienced chefs to actively mentor and empower students to become innovative leaders in the culinary field. The hourly amount of hands-on production time at IUP is unparalleled by any other culinary program in the country. Our faculty have worked as chefs on cruise lines, in fine dining restaurants, at pastry shops, at country clubs, and more.

Furthermore, every IUP culinary student is offered a paid externship position. At our Externship Sponsor Fair in the spring semester, students have the chance to meet executive chefs and human resource representatives and be interviewed for externship positions. 80 percent of graduates are offered paid externships in four- and five-star and diamond properties.

Careers in Culinary Arts

Many of our graduates have gone on to hold distinguished positions in the field. IUP alumni have gone on to own restaurants, run five-star establishments, appear on the Food Network, and earn national awards.

When students begin their culinary career, they start in entry-level positions. IUP's culinary classes provide students with the technical skill and confidence they need to be successful in the kitchen. Since our Academy of Culinary Arts allows students the ability to tailor their education to their interests, they are able to pursue a wider range of career options that suit their individual passions.

Explore our Culinary Arts Programs

Indiana University of Pennsylvania has various Culinary Arts programs to suit different goals. With both certificate and degree options available, you can be on your way to pursuing a career in this exciting field. Interested in learning more? Request information today!

Program Outcomes

Culinary Arts Certificate

  • Graduation Rate (2016-17): 90.57%
  • Job Placement(2016-17): 100%
  • ACF Certification Rate(2016-17): 0%
  • Graduation Rate (2017-18): 89.36%
  • Job Placement(2017-18): 100%
  • ACF Certification Rate(2017-19): 0%

Culinary and Baking and Pastry Arts Certificate

  • Graduation Rate (2016-17): 100%
  • Job Placement(2016-17): 100%
  • ACF Certification Rate(2016-17): 0%
  • Graduation Rate (2017-18): 96.67%
  • Job Placement(2017-18): 100%
  • ACF Certification Rate(2017-19): 0%