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Restaurant Business Management Certificate Programs in NY

There are 18 public and private not-for-profit schools in New York that offer restaurant management certificate programs. Read an overview of four of the largest schools' programs, requirements and tuition info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Essential Information

Although there are more than 450 colleges and universities in New York, only 18 public and private not-for-profit schools offer a certificate program in restaurant management, food service management or a related field. As part of the core curriculum of a 1-year certificate program, students can often gain field experience through an internship. Generally, no prior experience is required, but these programs can be beneficial to those already working in the restaurant industry. Below are short descriptions of the four largest school's certificate programs and a table comparing the schools' offerings and tuition information.


City College of New York

The City College of New York, in New York City, offers a Management First Program in food service management as part of its continuing and professional studies department. This restaurant leadership development program includes courses in hospitality and restaurant management, controlling food service costs and foodservice human resource management and supervision. Courses are taught by an experienced restaurant manager who is registered with the National Restaurant Association. To be eligible for the program, prospective students must have a high school diploma or its equivalent and experience in the hospitality or food service industry.

Kingsborough Community College

The Department of Tourism and Hospitality at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn offers a 1-year certificate program in culinary arts and food management. This one-year program is designed for students who have a degree in another field. In addition to gaining National Restaurant Association certification, students can expect to take courses in restaurant and foodservice operations, catering management and hospitality. The program also includes a field experience in tourism and hospitality. The college's Office of Career Development holds periodic job fairs and recruitment events to help connect students with employment opportunities.

New York University

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies at New York University, in New York City, offers a diploma program in restaurant operations and guest service, which is designed to train students to manage restaurants, cafes and other food service facilities. Courses cover both front-of-house and back-of-house restaurant operations. Some topics students study include menu design, hospitality, dining room supervision and inventory.

Suffolk County Community College

The culinary arts department in Suffolk County Community College in Long Island offers a 31-credit Certificate in Culinary Arts/Restaurant Management program. Held on the college's eastern campus in Riverhead, the program provides students access to 11 faculty members. Courses include sanitation, culinary arts, dining room management, wine and beverage management and hospitality cost control. The department also offers a 30-credit hotel and resort management certificate program. The college's Career Services department offers career counseling and workshops in resume writing and interviewing strategies to help students get started with job searching.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Restaurant Management Certificates Offered Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)
City College of New York Four-year, public; large city Management First Program $1,188 (cost for all three classes)**
Kingsborough Community College Two-year, public; large city Certificate in Culinary Arts and Food Management $5,202 in-state, $8,082 out-of-state*
New York University Four-year, private not-for-profit; large city Diploma in Restaurant Operations and Guest Service $1,750 (cost for diploma)***
Suffolk County Community College Two-year, public; large suburb Certificate in Culinary Arts/Restaurant Management $5,100 per year (in-state),*
$9,490 per year (out-of-state)*

Sources: *NCES, **City College of New York, ***New York University

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