16 month program
One 12-month residency
One 15-week externship
For more information regarding our programs, including graduation rates and median loan debt of completers, please see NECI Program Disclosure Information.
As the starting point for many students beginning their college careers, our Associate of Occupational Studies in Culinary Arts program is a 64-week, 62 credit program. This program is for serious students who often have an already established background in the culinary world either through a high school tech program or from experience in the commercial industry. The first year is spent on-campus in Vermont with a combination of technical and general education classes, lab instruction, and hands-on learning in our kitchens. During your time on campus, you will be discussing on your future with our Career Services Department and selecting one of over 500 approved externship sites where you will continue your education in the field and earn the final 13 credits toward your degree.
The Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) in Culinary 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. New England Culinary Institute also offers an online delivery of the AOS degree program.
The AOS in Culinary Arts is designed to prepare qualified students to become skilled culinary and kitchen professionals. Graduates are able to perform effectively in key positions in commercial kitchens, including: à la carte cook, baker, banquet cook, rounds cook, and assistant garde manger chef. Certain students may achieve higher standing in different operations.
To achieve its primary goals of training skilled cooks, NECI has established the following educational objectives for the AOS degree program:
These educational 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.
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|Total Tuition & Fees||$60,709/$58,459||$45,910/$47,260|
Associate of Occupational Studies in Culinary Arts Program Disclosures (2016)
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.