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Associate’s Degrees in Culinary Arts

9,185 Yearly Graduations
$24,700 Median Salary
$18,000 Median Debt
There are 427 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer an associate's degree in culinary arts. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 46% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 4.6% of culinary arts graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Culinary Arts Majors

In 2018-2019, 9,185 associate's degrees were awarded to culinary arts majors. This earns it the #16 spot on the list of the most popular associate'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
Master’s Degree 31
Graduate Certificate 1

Earnings of Culinary Arts Majors With Associate’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding an associate's degree in culinary arts is $24,700. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $22,900 to a high of $25,750.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an associate's degree in culinary arts is $18,000. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $22,916 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $12,000.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $187.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their associate's degree in culinary arts. About 60.1% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 3,664
Women 5,521
Gender Diversity of Associate's Degrees in Culinary Arts

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 459
Black or African American 1,662
Hispanic or Latino 1,659
White 4,122
International Students 424
Other Races/Ethnicities 859
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Culinary Arts Associate's Degree Students

There are 427 colleges that offer an associate’s degree in culinary arts. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Culinary Institute of America

Hyde Park, New York
923 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Culinary Institute of America tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for culinary arts majors who are seeking their associate's degree. Each year, around 3,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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 923 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 52% were women and 35% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

Johnson & Wales University - Providence

Providence, Rhode Island
493 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Johnson & Wales University - Providence. Roughly 6,600 attend the school each year. 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 - Providence awarded 493 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 63% of this group were women, and 29% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina
324 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in culinary arts. Each year, around 1,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 324 people received their associate's degree in culinary arts from JWU Charlotte. Of these students, 66% were women and 53% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

ECPI University

Virginia Beach, Virginia
231 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their associate's degree is ECPI University. Each year, around 13,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,584 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,960 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 231 associate's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at ECPI University. Of these students, 54% were women and 55% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Stratford University

Fairfax, Virginia
167 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
74% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Stratford University is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in culinary arts. Roughly 2,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,980 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,368 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 167 associate's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at Stratford University. About 63% of this group were women, and 74% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

156 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Johnson & Wales University - Denver is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in culinary arts. Roughly 900 attend the school each year. 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 156 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 69% of this group were women, and 44% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

Sullivan University

Louisville, Kentucky
143 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Sullivan University comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in culinary arts. Roughly 3,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,520 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,160 per year.

The culinary arts program at Sullivan University awarded 143 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 23% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 52% were women.

130 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
62% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Johnson & Wales University - North Miami. Each year, around 1,300 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, 130 associate's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at JWU North Miami. Of these students, 66% were women and 62% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

Culinary Institute Inc

Houston, Texas
118 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
76% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Culinary Institute Inc. Each year, around 300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 118 associate's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at Culinary Institute LeNotre. Around 76% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 65% were women.

#10

Monroe College

Bronx, New York
106 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
91% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Monroe College is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in culinary arts. Roughly 6,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,760 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,624 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 106 people received their associate's degree in culinary arts from Monroe College. Around 91% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 64% were women.

#11

National Louis University

Chicago, Illinois
92 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

National Louis University comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in culinary arts. Each year, around 7,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

The culinary arts program at National Louis University awarded 92 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 64% of this group were women, and 23% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

84 Yearly Graduations
29% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts - Boulder comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in culinary arts. Roughly 3,600 attend the school each year. The culinary arts program at Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts - Boulder awarded 84 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 29% were women and 31% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

Kapiolani Community College

Honolulu, Hawaii
78 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
82% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Kapiolani Community College. Each year, around 6,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 78 people received their associate's degree in culinary arts from Kapiolani CC. Of these students, 59% were women and 82% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

78 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
65% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts - Austin. Roughly 500 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 78 associate's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at Escoffier - Austin. About 54% of this group were women, and 65% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

Bradford School

Columbus, Ohio
75 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Bradford School. Each year, around 100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 75 people received their associate's degree in culinary arts from Bradford School. Around 27% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 59% were women.

#16

Niagara County Community College

Sanborn, New York
69 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Niagara County Community College. Each year, around 4,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 69 people received their associate's degree in culinary arts from Niagara County Community College. Of these students, 67% were women and 30% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Baker College

Owosso, Michigan
69 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Baker College is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in culinary arts. Each year, around 7,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,720 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,510 per year.

The culinary arts program at Baker College awarded 69 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 19% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 61% were women.

#18

The Art Institute of Atlanta

Atlanta, Georgia
64 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
75% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The Art Institute of Atlanta comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in culinary arts. Roughly 900 attend the school each year. The culinary arts program at The Art Institute of Atlanta awarded 64 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 58% of this group were women, and 75% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

St Philip's College

San Antonio, Texas
63 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
90% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

St Philip's College comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in culinary arts. Each year, around 12,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 63 people received their associate's degree in culinary arts from St Philip's College. Around 90% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 56% were women.

#20

Valencia College

Orlando, Florida
62 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Valencia College. Each year, around 47,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 62 people received their associate's degree in culinary arts from Valencia College. Around 52% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 65% were women.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Funeral & Mortuary Science 1,286
Cosmetology 940
Other Personal & Culinary Services 2

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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