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At a Glance

32 month program
Two 12-month residencies
Two 15-week externships
120 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.

Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Arts

For students who want to learn more advanced culinary techniques and prepare themselves to successfully open or operate a business in the food industry, the Bachelors degree builds upon the Associates program. In addition to advanced culinary courses, the curriculum covers topics pertinent to entrepreneurs and executives in the hospitality industry. Our program is similar in structure to the residential Associates program, including two 1-year residency periods and two 12-week externship periods. While many students begin with the Associates degree, a majority return to campus in the fall to complete the Bachelors program, preparing themselves for a full career working in any number of diverse fields related to their education and skills.

The residential Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Culinary Arts is a 32-month program that includes two 12-month residencies (three semesters each) of classroom work, and intensive hands-on learning in the kitchens and food services of NECI. Additional hands-on lab work will be offered through intensive internal practicums, lab courses, and a final outside externship at an establishment that will appropriately challenge the student’s skills. Course delivery may be residential, wholly online, or a hybrid of both, depending on the institutional needs, as well as student needs and abilities.

The BA in Culinary Arts is designed to prepare qualified students for professional level careers in the contemporary culinary industry. Upon completion of the program, graduates are able to perform effectively as industry professionals. These students understand fundamental business and entrepreneurial skills. Students in this program are also exposed to other more specialized industry professions such as food writer, research and development chef, personal chef, or chef de cuisine in a specialized kitchen. In all cases, graduates are prepared to pursue further education in advanced hospitality and culinary management topics.

Educational Objectives

In order to optimally prepare students for professional positions in the industry, NECI has established the following educational objectives for the Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Arts:

  • To provide intensive practical training and refinement of cooking skills, including specialized and regional cuisines
  • To help students develop the attributes of an industry professional 
  • To build a foundation in the business aspects of the culinary industry, including purchasing, safety, cost control, financial and human resource management
  • To develop the personal and professional skills needed to succeed, including professional communication, time management, business etiquette, self-awareness, community relations, and team building
  • To improve critical and creative thinking skills, such as problem solving, information literacy, and quantitative reasoning
  • To explore the theory of food in a global economy, including food science, nutritional cooking, sustainability, menu development, taste and flavor, gastronomy, artistic presentation, food and wine pairing
  • To expand student awareness and understanding of history, art, science, and language

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 in the program.


Cost of Attendance (Bachelors in Culinary Arts)

  On-Campus Off-Campus
Tuition $84,000 $84,000
Technology Fee $1,600 $1,600
Room $22,398 -
Board $9,000/$4,500 $9,000/$4,500
Materials $810 $810
Total $117,808/$113,308 $95,410/$90,910




Bachelor of Arts in Culinary 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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