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At a Glance

16 month program
One 12 month residency
One 15-week externship
62 credits

Enrollment Dates

September 2019

January 2020

May 2020

Program Disclosure Information

For more information regarding our programs, including graduation rates and median loan debt of completers, please see NECI Program Disclosure Information.

Associate of Occupational Studies in Baking and Pastry Arts

The Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) program in Baking and Pastry Arts is a 16-month program that includes one 12-month residency of classroom work (three academic semesters), intensive hands-on learning in the kitchens and food services of NECI, and one off-site externship.

The AOS in Baking and Pastry Arts is designed to prepare qualified students to become skilled culinary professionals specializing in the area of baking and pastry. Focusing on training in the pastry kitchen, this program also includes components in the savory kitchen, in business management, and in general education. The AOS degree provides students with a comprehensive framework of general skills needed to perform effectively in any foodservice operation.

As culinary specialists, graduates are able to perform effectively in commercial kitchens, restaurants, hotels, resorts, bakeries, and pastry shops in such positions as baker, pastry cook, or assistant pastry chef. Certain students may achieve higher standing in different operations.

Educational Objectives

To achieve its primary goal of training skilled bakers and pastry cooks, NECI has established the following program objectives:

  • To provide practical training in baking, pastry, and fundamental culinary skills
  • To provide students with the foundations of modern business management practices in the context of the foodservice industry
  • To impart to students a basic theoretical knowledge of baking, pastry, and culinary arts
  • To help students develop the attributes of a professional cook, such as speed, stamina, dexterity, hand-eye coordination, timing, and the ability to work with others, while emphasizing the aesthetics of food preparation and presentation
  • To evaluate and strengthen each student’s general education in the relevant areas of English, math, food science, and culinary history

These objectives influence all facets of the program, from the curriculum and teaching techniques to the code of student conduct in the classroom, and serve as important guidelines for all those who study at NECI.


Cost of Attendance (Associates of Baking & Pastry Arts)
  On-Campus Off-Campus
Tuition $43,400 $43,400
Technology Fee $800 $800
Room $11,199 -
Board $4,500/2,250 $4,500/$2,250
Materials $810 $810
Total Tuition & Fees $60,709/$58,459 $45,910/$47,260




Associate of Occupational Studies in Baking and Pastry Arts Program Disclosures (View)

New England Culinary Institute is required to disclose information regarding the on-time graduation rates, the placement rates, tuition and fees, occupational opportunities, and the median loan debt of students who have completed our degree and certificate programs.



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