While Massachusetts has 13 schools that offer cooking classes and programs, just 10 are public or private not-for-profit colleges and universities. Students should be aware in advance that, along with tuition, cooking programs often require out-of-pocket purchases, such as tools and uniforms.
The programs consist of cooking labs, and some may offer online study options. Cooperative education, cooking capstone courses or internships could be included in the curricula. The institutions profiled below include six community schools and two 4-year colleges. Aspiring chefs will also find a comparison table that outlines school info and the cost of attendance. Programs include:
- Culinary Arts
- Baking and Pastry Arts
- Hospitality Management
- Hotel, Restaurant and Service Management
- Culinary Arts and Food Service
Below eight of the schools offering courses in culinary arts in Massachusetts are profiled, followed by a table summarizing the programs and tuition for each of the schools.
Berkshire Community College
Pittsfield's Berkshire Community College offers a 1-year, 28-credit culinary arts certificate program. Requirements include cooking-related courses in food preparation, baking, garde manger and sanitation. Students also complete classes in food service and dining room management, as well as a 3-credit cooperative education experience.
Located in Boston, this major university offers a full-time culinary arts certificate program taught by professional chefs. Available through Metropolitan College, it requires a minimum of 400 clock-hours or one semester to complete, and instruction takes place in an up-to-date facility with state-of-the-art equipment. Enrollment is limited, and preference may be given to experienced applicants with relevant culinary skills.
In addition to acquiring hands-on experience, students have the opportunity to go on field trips and attend demonstrations and lectures. Training topics include ethnic and regional foods, baked goods and the traditional cooking practices associated with grains, proteins and vegetables. The curriculum also covers food history, nutrition and restaurant management.
Unique to the university is a 40-credit Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy program. Students can participate in optional cooking and baking labs; elective courses in wine tasting, French cuisine and food writing are offered as well.
Bristol Community College
Fall River-based Bristol Community College has associate degree programs in baking and pastry and the culinary arts. The baking and pastry program requires 61-62 credits of coursework and includes topics in artisan baking and presentation techniques, baking technology and decorated cakes. Students also complete a 3-credit baking capstone.
The 67-68-credit culinary arts curriculum includes topics in advanced cooking, baking and dining room service. Students also receive training in mixology and decorative ice carvings, and they participate in a cooking capstone. In addition to the degree requirements, students in both programs are expected to work at designated culinary arts functions.
Bunker Hill Community College
Boston's Bunker Hill Community College offers certificate and associate degree programs in the culinary and pastry arts. The 22-credit culinary arts program is a weekend course of study that includes topics in baking, cooking, food service sanitation and menu design. Students pursuing the 29-credit certificate in pastry arts receive specialty training in café and bistro cuisine, cake decorating and international baking.
Credits earned through the certificate programs can be transferred into the Associate in Applied Science program. Coursework specific to the culinary arts curriculum includes a 3-credit internship and topics in advanced and ethnic cuisines, beverage operations and menu design. An internship is also required for the baking and pastry program, where students learn how to make hot and cold desserts, candies, chocolates and healthy baked goods.
Holyoke Community College
Located in Holyoke, this community college is one of just two in Massachusetts that's accredited by the American Culinary Federation. The certificate program includes courses in a la carte and banquet cooking, baking and food service. Students must also pass the ServSafe exam.
The 31 credits acquired through the certificate program can be used to fulfill the first-year requirements for Holyoke's food service management degree. The 67-credit degree program includes a hospitality cooperative education experience, and select courses may be completed online.
Massasoit Community College
Brockton-based Massasoit Community College offers a 65-credit associate degree in the culinary arts. The curriculum includes training in American, classical and international cuisine, garde manger and table service. Students also learn how to prepare desserts, pastries and yeast doughs. Additional requirements include a 4-credit field experience.
Many courses in the associate program are also part of the food production and pastry certificate programs. Students who earn Massasoit's culinary arts associate degree may be eligible to receive those certificates. Likewise, certificate credits can be transferred into the associate program.
Newbury College - Brookline
At Newbury College in Brookline, students can pursue certificate, associate and/or bachelor's programs in the culinary arts, as well as food service and hospitality. Required topics for the 18-credit pastry and professional cooking certificates include breads and rolls, soups and sauces, contemporary baked goods and traditional or world cuisine.
Similar training can be found through the 65-credit associate degree programs, and students also complete a 3-credit summer internship. Unique to the baking and pastry arts curriculum are courses in artisan breads, bakeshop operations, chocolates and confections.
Cooking classes can also be found in the 122-credit bachelor's program in hotel, restaurant and service management. Undergraduates who choose the culinary management concentration complete many of the same courses found in the aforementioned certificate and degree programs, as well as a sophomore-year internship. As seniors, they can also choose between a management internship and a thesis.
North Shore Community College
North Shore Community College in Danvers offers a certificate and an associate degree in the culinary arts and food service. Aspiring cooks in the 25-credit certificate program become familiar with a la carte and garde manger operations. They also learn how to prepare a variety of soups and stocks, baked goods, fish and meat.
The credits earned through the certificate program can be applied towards the associate degree program, where students learn how to prepare croissants, Danish and international foods. This program culminates in a 3-credit cooperative education experience.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Cooking Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Berkshire Community College||2-year, public; rural fringe||Certificate in Culinary Arts|| $5,492 (in-state);
|Boston University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city|| Certificate in Culinary Arts,
Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy
|Bristol Community College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts,
Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts (baking and pastry option)
| $4,776 (in-state);
|Bunker Hill Community College||2-year, public; large city|| Certificate in Culinary Arts,
Certificate in Pastry Arts,
Associate in Science in Culinary Arts (baking and pastry arts or culinary arts option)
| $4,464 (in-state);
|Holyoke Community College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Certificate in Culinary Arts,
Associate in Science in Hospitality Management (food service management option)
| $4,902 (in-state);
|Massasoit Community College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Food Production Certificate,
Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts
| $4,824 (in-state);
|Newbury College - Brookline||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb|| Certificate in Pastry Arts,
Certificate in Professional Cooking,
Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts,
Associate in Applied Science in Baking and Pastry Arts,
Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Service Management (culinary management concentration)
|North Shore Community College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Certificate in Culinary Arts and Food Service,
Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts and Food Service
| $5,184 (in-state);
Source: *NCES College Navigator