Bachelor's Degree Program—Singapore

Admissions Process

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

  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 the CIA (see Transfer Credit), they will receive credit for the courses already completed during their polytechnic education. These students will follow a typical sequence of courses, which can be found on the CIA Singapore website at www.ciachef.edu/cia-singapore. 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 The 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 Singapore Institute of Technology's website (www.singaporetech.edu.sg) 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, the student will be invited for a face-to-face interview. The purpose of the interview is to meet and get to know the student, and better understand the student's 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 the CIA's Letter of Recommendation Guidelines from www.ciachef.edu/cia-singapore and pass them along to the recommender.

For More Information

Please see General Admissions Information.

Admissions Process

To enroll in the CIA master's degree programs, you must meet the following requirements by the program start date:

  • Have a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution, or hold an international equivalent to a bachelor's degree.
  • Complete an English proficiency examination if your first language is not English. See the list of examinations the CIA accepts, along with qualifying test scores, under Application Procedure, step #7.

Application materials will be reviewed by CIA admissions, program administration, and the dean of the School of Business and Management.

Application Procedure

The steps to apply for admission to the master's degree program are as follows:

  1. Complete the application.
  2. Pay your $75 application fee.
    • You can pay by credit card at the end of the online application.
  3. Submit an essay. The graduate level programs are a rigorous course of study requiring commitment and professionalism. Please write an essay that describes your purpose for pursuing this master's degree and why you are a strong candidate for the program. Your response should be 500–1,000 words, and include the following:
    • Any relevant academic and/or professional achievements that allow us to understand you as a professional
    • Specific qualities and/or skills that you possess that can help you excel within this program (Some food and beverage experience is preferred, but not required. Professional experience with transferable skills is highly desirable.)
    • Professional and career goals
    • Your understanding of the program content (indicating which track you anticipate pursuing) and how you perceive the program content will help you achieve your goals

Applications are reviewed and evaluated individually and holistically by a program-specific committee for the ability to benefit from, and contribute to, this cohort-based program. It is important to include all of the requested components of the essay for consideration.

For the Master's in Food Business, our ideal candidates are looking to further their careers in a way that positively impacts the food system and addresses challenges that our industry faces today. This can be within an organization or in an entrepreneurial endeavor, and in a foodservice focused area or in a food product concept area. Please address this in your essay when writing about your professional and career goals.

In addition, please specify which track you may be interested pursuing during the second year of the program—Restaurant/Foodservice Track or Food Product/Concept Track—and note how your track selection relates to your goals.

  1. Provide a copy of your résumé or CV.
  1. Ask for one letter of recommendation. Through the online application, you will be prompted to provide the contact information for one recommender. That person will then receive an electronic request with instructions for submitting a recommendation through the application portal. The e-mail will be sent immediately upon saving your application.
    • The recommendation should be completed by supervisors or professional colleagues who can attest to your professional abilities.
    • A recommendation from a former professor is acceptable for applicants with limited professional experience.
    • Your recommender can submit the recommendation letter before you submit your application.
  2. Request official transcripts from all previously attended institutions. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions in the United States from which credit has been earned should be mailed to the CIA Admissions Office. Transcripts should either be sent in an envelope sealed by the school's registrar, or e-mailed to the CIA via an official online transcript provider.
    • If you have already completed your bachelor's degree, your transcript must state your degree and degree conferral date to be considered official.
    • If you are currently completing an undergraduate degree, your degree must be conferred by July 1 in order for you to be granted admission. All U.S. institutions must be accredited through one of the bodies officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions outside of the United States from which credit has been earned must be submitted to the CIA Admissions Office for review and evaluation. Applicants must demonstrate that they have successfully completed a degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree before they may be considered for admission to a master's program. Please be advised the CIA will not review graduate applications while a bachelor's degree is in progress at a higher education institution outside the U.S. Applicants applying to a master's program should complete the degree before submitting official transcripts.

  1. Demonstrate English proficiency. Graduate coursework at the CIA is reading- and writing-intensive and requires proficiency in written and spoken English. 

In lieu of an English Proficiency exam, you may also enroll and complete a program from one of our approved language schools.

All documentation provided with your CIA application must be in English or be accompanied by a notarized translation of the documents into English alongside the original copies