Culinary Arts & Hospitality
Culinary Arts

If you call the kitchen home, consider a well-cooked meal one of the finer things in life, and love the fast-paced lifestyle and workplace of a restaurant, a degree in Culinary Arts may be a great fit for you

Types of Degrees

Culinary Arts students typically pursue an associate degree (2 years) or bachelor's degree (4 years). An associate degree is usually obtained in two years and is less expensive per semester than a bachelor's degree. Associate degrees allow you to enter the workforce sooner but usually with a lower starting salary than people holding a bachelor's degree or higher level of education. In this field, all degree types will focus heavily on food preparation but a bachelor's degree with additional coursework in business is oftentimes an option and can lead to management positions outside of food preparation post-grad.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required and scores from college entrance exams like the ACT and SAT may be required, but much more emphasis is placed on real-world experience working in restaurants or hotels. Some schools may require applicants to pass a basic food preparation course. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a specific school.

Career Opportunities After Earning a Degree in Culinary Arts

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Culinary Arts include:

  • Chef
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Food Writer or Critic
  • Menu Consultant
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for Chefs and Head Cooks was $51,530 in 2019 (1) while Food Service Managers made $55,320 in 2019. (2)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on the career chosen but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.