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Bachelor’s Degrees in Culinary Arts

679 Yearly Graduations
$28,700 Median Salary
$38,939 Median Debt
A bachelor's degree in culinary arts is offered at 40 colleges in the United States. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 37% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 5.7% of culinary arts graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Culinary Arts Majors

In 2018-2019, 679 earned their bachelor's degree in culinary arts. This earns it the #18 spot on the list of the most popular bachelor's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in culinary arts at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 9,185
Undergraduate Certificate 8,562
Basic Certificate 8,217
Bachelor’s Degree 679

Earnings of Culinary Arts Majors With Bachelor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in culinary arts is $28,700. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $27,500 and the high is $29,100.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in culinary arts is $38,939. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $41,053 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $29,782.

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The median monthly payment of a culinary arts graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $404.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their bachelor's degree in culinary arts. About 60.8% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 266
Women 413
Gender Diversity of Bachelor's Degrees in Culinary Arts

The racial-ethnic distribution of culinary arts bachelor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 17
Black or African American 73
Hispanic or Latino 129
White 352
International Students 39
Other Races/Ethnicities 69
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Culinary Arts Bachelor's Degree Students

There are 40 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Johnson & Wales University - Providence

Providence, Rhode Island
158 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Johnson & Wales University - Providence tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for culinary arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree. Each year, around 6,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $33,054 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,734 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 158 bachelor's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at JWU Providence. About 75% of this group were women, and 24% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Universidad del Este

Carolina, Puerto Rico
61 Yearly Graduations
43% Women

Universidad del Este is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in culinary arts. Each year, around 9,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,920 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $2,652 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 61 bachelor's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at UNE. Of these students, 43% were women and 100% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

Culinary Institute of America

Hyde Park, New York
44 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Culinary Institute of America comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in culinary arts. Roughly 3,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $31,080 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,153 per year.

The culinary arts program at Culinary Institute of America awarded 44 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 50% were women.

41 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Johnson & Wales University - Denver. Each year, around 900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $33,054 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,734 per year.

The culinary arts program at Johnson & Wales University - Denver awarded 41 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 29% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 63% were women.

#5

Nicholls State University

Thibodaux, Louisiana
35 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Nicholls State University is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in culinary arts. Roughly 6,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,922 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,686 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 35 bachelor's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at Nicholls State University. About 63% of this group were women, and 40% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

SUNY Delhi

Delhi, New York
27 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is SUNY Delhi. Roughly 3,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,310 per year.

The culinary arts program at SUNY Delhi awarded 27 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 37% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 48% were women.

#6

The Art Institute of San Antonio

San Antonio, Texas
27 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The Art Institute of San Antonio comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in culinary arts. Each year, around 500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The culinary arts program at The Art Institute of San Antonio awarded 27 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 56% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 52% were women.

#8

New England Culinary Institute

Montpelier, Vermont
26 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New England Culinary Institute is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in culinary arts. Each year, around 0 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The culinary arts program at New England Culinary Institute awarded 26 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 54% were women and 15% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

Mississippi University for Women

Columbus, Mississippi
20 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Mississippi University for Women. Roughly 2,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,425 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,425 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 20 bachelor's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at MUW. About 80% of this group were women, and 40% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

National Louis University

Chicago, Illinois
20 Yearly Graduations
35% Women
5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is National Louis University. Roughly 7,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,200 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,646 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 20 bachelor's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at NLU. About 35% of this group were women, and 5% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

The Art Institute of Atlanta

Atlanta, Georgia
18 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The Art Institute of Atlanta is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in culinary arts. Each year, around 900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The culinary arts program at The Art Institute of Atlanta awarded 18 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 61% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 50% were women.

#12

The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
17 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in culinary arts. Roughly 100 attend the school each year. The culinary arts program at The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College awarded 17 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 59% of this group were women, and 41% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire
17 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Southern New Hampshire University is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in culinary arts. Each year, around 113,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $30,756 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,810 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 17 people received their bachelor's degree in culinary arts from SNHU. About 82% of this group were women, and 6% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

University of North Alabama

Florence, Alabama
16 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of North Alabama comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in culinary arts. Roughly 7,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,600 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,660 per year.

The culinary arts program at University of North Alabama awarded 16 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 75% were women and 25% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science

Paul Smiths, New York
16 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in culinary arts. Each year, around 700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The culinary arts program at Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science awarded 16 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 75% of this group were women, and 12% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
14 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Drexel University comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in culinary arts. Each year, around 24,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $52,146 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $35,181 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 14 bachelor's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at Drexel. About 57% of this group were women, and 43% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

Central Washington University

Ellensburg, Washington
13 Yearly Graduations
23% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Central Washington University. Each year, around 11,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,318 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,582 per year.

The culinary arts program at Central Washington University awarded 13 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 23% of this group were women, and 8% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

The Art Institute of Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach, Virginia
11 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
64% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is The Art Institute of Virginia Beach. Roughly 200 attend the school each year. The culinary arts program at The Art Institute of Virginia Beach awarded 11 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 64% were women and 64% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

11 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

AI Miami International University of Art and Design comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in culinary arts. Roughly 1,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $19,260 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $23,580 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 11 bachelor's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at International Fine Arts College. Of these students, 45% were women and 55% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

The Art Institute of Houston

Houston, Texas
11 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
82% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The Art Institute of Houston is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in culinary arts. Each year, around 700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The culinary arts program at The Art Institute of Houston awarded 11 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 91% were women and 82% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Culinary Arts Concentrations

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Chef Training 305
Restaurant & Catering Management 174
Culinary Science/Culinology 79
Baking & Pastry Arts 70
Other Culinary Arts 51

Below are some popular majors that are similar to culinary arts that offer bachelor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Funeral & Mortuary Science 196

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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