July 8, 2019

4 Reasons to Choose Hospitality Management at the CIA


CIA hospitality management degree

There are other hospitality degree programs out there. So why choose to study hospitality management at the CIA? What makes our program stand apart?

#1. It’s the most food-focused

Our bachelor of science degree in hospitality management includes 30 credits in food and beverage—10 times more than at many other colleges. Why is that important?

Because, jobs. There are almost a million new ones expected in the leisure and hospitality sectors by 2024, with a corresponding need for educated professionals with firsthand knowledge of food, beverage, and service. By understanding what goes on in the professional kitchen and dining room, graduates with a CIA bachelor’s in hospitality management will be much better positioned to create first-rate customer experiences. And they’ll have a big advantage with employers when it comes time to hire.

“You’ll be working directly with culinary staff, and you may have to step in sometimes as well,” says hospitality management student Alessandra Sarria. “So it’s important to understand the back of the house.”

CIA hospitality management students in action

#2. Experiential learning

Hands-on, experiential learning isn’t limited to the food and beverage courses that CIA hospitality students take. They learn by doing in their hospitality management, liberal arts, and business courses, too. The curriculum also includes a paid, management-focused internship as well as the opportunity to take a life-changing study abroad elective.

Why choose hospitality management at the CIA? Because hands-on, experiential study is the absolute best way to learn.

#3. CIA Career Fair

Top hospitality employers come to the New York campus three times a year for CIA Career Fair, making it easy for our students to line up their hospitality management internship and post-graduation jobs. On day one of Career Fair, students meet representatives from leading companies and properties during a high-energy expo in the Student Commons. Day two is reserved for one-on-one job interviews with employers.

One such employer, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, has been recruiting on the CIA campus for more than 20 years. “We are thrilled that the CIA has a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management to complement its highly respected culinary curriculum and offerings,” says Kylie Hallinan, the company’s regional director of people and culture. “It’s reassuring to know we will find that same level of expertise when exploring candidates for a variety of hotel management positions.”

Career Fair held on the CIA's New York campus

#4. The CIA’s industry connections

Another reason why you should choose hospitality management at the CIA: because there’s simply no other college that’s as connected in the world of food and hospitality. And that means opportunities for our students like these:

Oftentimes, connections like these turn into something more. “When we went to the Marriott Marquis, one of the food and beverage managers we met was a CIA grad,” says hospitality management student Melissa Scalera. “I spoke with her afterwards, and she has become a kind of mentor to me.”

Learn more about how you can make hospitality career magic happen with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management from The Culinary Institute of America.