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    CIA Food Business Management Bachelor’s Degree

  • Only diploma holders from a Singaporean polytechnic institute are eligible for this program. All other students, please visit CIA’s bachelor’s degree program in food business management at our New York campus >

    Change the Way You Think About Food

    Wouldn’t you love to understand food in a whole new way that perfectly complements your diploma studies? You can, when you broaden your mind at CIA Singapore. In our Bachelor of Business Administration in Food Business Management, you’ll learn cooking and baking methods, gain leadership know-how, and grow your critical thinking skills.


    • Build a foundation of skills and knowledge in culinary arts or baking and pastry arts with 1,300+ hours of experiential learning in our kitchens and bakeshops.
    • Develop a deep understanding of the business of food with studies in finance, human resources, food marketing and promotion, and accounting.
    • Gain real-world experience through a paid internship semester at one of CIA’s 2,000+ food industry partners. (Already have experience? Check out our Turbo Option).
    • Explore the world through study of the diverse languages, history, and culinary and baking traditions of regions around the globe.
    • Discover how real public restaurants are operated—hands-on, in the front and back of the house of our on-campus CIA@Top Table and CIA@Sugarloaf.
    • Travel to the U.S. Northern California—including the famed Napa Valley—and gain valuable insight into menu development, food and beverage pairing, sustainable agriculture, produce distribution, and the impact of the region’s culture on its cuisine.

    CIA Credential = Career Opportunity

    The combination of your polytechnic degree and CIA bachelor’s degree gives you the education and credentials that put you on the “A-List” of candidates for most employers.

    CIA is famous for preparing top-notch professionals who are creative, forward-thinking, and well-grounded in proven, essential knowledge and skills. That’s why our students become food business leaders, entrepreneurs, hotel and resort executives, executive chefs, executive pastry chefs, restaurant and bakery café owners, food writers, research chefs, and more.

    Our 50,000+-strong network of alumni can testify to the exceptional value of CIA degree. They are an accomplished, supportive network throughout the industry, whatever your career goals.


    Students taking the Bachelor of Business Administration in Food Business Management program at the CIA Singapore may choose one of two areas of focus: Culinary Arts or Baking and Pastry Arts.

    The 129-credit BBA in Food Business Management, Culinary Arts focus includes:

    • 51 credits in culinary arts requirements
    • 36 credits in liberal arts requirements
    • 30 credits in business management requirements
    • 3 credits in advanced concepts requirements
    • 9 credits in free electives

    The 129-credit BBA in Food Business Management, Baking and Pastry Arts focus includes:

    • 52.5 credits in baking and pastry arts requirements
    • 34.5 credits in liberal arts requirements
    • 30 credits in business management requirements
    • 3 credits in advanced concepts requirements
    • 9 credits in free electives

    You will get a carefully designed mix of CIA’s renowned hands-on culinary or baking and pastry arts courses combined with in-depth, food-focused management, business, and liberal arts courses. The curriculum also features a semester-long internship experience.

    BBA students at CIA Singapore also have the opportunity to study abroad through the Global Cuisines and Cultures: U.S. Northern California course.

    Admissions Process

    The college has a selective admissions process whereby each candidate is evaluated individually. The basic requirements are as follows:

    1. A diploma from a Singaporean polytechnic
      Transfer credits have already been mapped out for students with a diploma in culinary and catering management, hospitality and tourism management, or leisure and resort management. If graduates of these programs satisfy the transfer credit policy of CIA, they will receive credit for the courses already completed during their polytechnic education.

      Any other students who apply must have their transfer credits mapped specific to their previous diploma program, and may be required to take additional courses. Non-relevant diplomas and other applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
    2. Work experience at a non-fast-food establishment with a professional kitchen
      CIA Singapore requires that students gain relevant experience before enrolling by working in a foodservice operation, by completing culinary classes during high school or postsecondary school, or by completing college- or polytechnic-level culinary courses. Time requirements vary by type of experience. Foodservice and hospitality is a rewarding and challenging profession, and this experience requirement is designed to help students understand the realities of working in the foodservice industry and be confident in their career choice.

    Application Procedure

    The steps to apply for admission to the bachelor’s degree program in Singapore are as follows:

    1. Review the admissions procedure on the
      Admissions will be open for three months, January–March. During this time, pro­spective students will apply and their applications will be reviewed. If the Admis­sions Committee approves a student’s application, he or she will be invited for a face-to-face interview. The purpose of the interview is to meet the student, get to know him or her, and better understand his or her passion for the food and hospitality industry.
    2. Ask for recommendations
      Two recommendations are required. One must be from an industry employer that describes the applicant’s foodservice experience. The second must be a recom­mendation from a professional contact (e.g., employer, business associate, mentor), in order to give the Admissions Committee a greater understanding of the student’s char­acter and abilities.

      To make it easier for a foodservice employer or professional contact to write the letter of recommendation, applicants can download and print (PDF) and pass them along to the recommender.

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    Culinary Institute of America, Singapore
    Temasek Polytechnic
    Block 31, Temasek Culinary Academy, 21 Tampines Avenue 1
    Singapore, 529757

    Phone: +65 6780-4131

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    Alumni Spotlight

    Peiwen Lee '13
    Head Baker, Hot Bread Kitchen
    “At the CIA, you’re in a safe environment where you can make mistakes and learn from them.”

    Alumni Spotlight

    Gerard Yip '14
    Senior Franchise Business Consultant with BreadTalk Group, Limited
    "The CIA’s program was a perfect fit to complement my skill set as it allowed me to be trained in the kitchen by some of the best instructors in the world. My degree has opened so many doors."