Cooking Classes in the Worcester, MA Area with Program Info

Sep 25, 2018

Worcester, MA, has three colleges within 50 miles of downtown that offer cooking programs. Learn about the programs, admission info and program requirements for these schools to make an informed education decision.

Worcester Cooking Schools

While there are no cooking schools within the Worcester city limits, students can find culinary arts training at a few nearby schools. Read about three of these schools, all of which are less than an hour from downtown Worcester. Learn about course requirements and hands-on training. Provided is a table that compares valuable school information, like tuition rates, enrollment numbers and graduation rates.

  • Newbury College is 43 miles from downtown Worcester and has certificate programs in pastry arts and professional cooking, as well as an associate's degree program in culinary arts and a bachelor's degree program in culinary management.
  • Students at Boston University, which is 45 miles from Worcester's downtown area, can choose from a culinary arts certificate program and several standalone cooking courses.
  • Located 47 miles from downtown, Bunker Hill Community College offers certificates in pastry arts and culinary arts and an associate's degree in culinary arts.

Comparison of Schools

The following table makes it easy to choose the right school by comparing valuable school statistics.

Newbury College Boston University Bunker Hill Community College
School Type 4-year; private non-profit 4-year; private non-profit 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 620* 33,355* 11,881*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $34,470* $14,200 (2018) for the culinary arts certificate program** $4,224 in-state; $9,168 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017) 100%* 55%* 66%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 75%* 25%* N/A - Open admissions
Retention Rate (Full-time students starting Fall 2016 returning Fall 2017) 57%* 93%* 64%*
Graduation Rate 39% (students who started Fall 2011)* 87% (students who started Fall 2011)* 14% (students who started Fall 2014)*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Boston University.

Newbury College

The Roger A. Saunders School of Hotel and Restaurant Management at Newbury College features culinary and hospitality management programs at the certificate, associate's degree and bachelor's degree levels.

Pastry Arts Certificate

The 18-credit pastry arts certificate program includes courses in basic and advanced culinary techniques and concepts. The two bakeshop classes demonstrate the preparation of assorted baked goods, including breads, rolls, cookies and pies. Students also learn how to decorate cakes and create a variety of decorative pieces using chocolate and sugar.

Professional Cooking Certificate

The professional cooking certificate program prepares students for careers in the culinary arts by providing hands-on training in the preparation of soups, sauces and stocks. The curriculum also includes classes in international and American cuisine, culinary concepts and kitchen equipment.

Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts

Students enrolled in the associate's degree program learn culinary techniques, as well as nutrition and sanitary guidelines. The first year focuses on cooking and baking techniques, with courses in soups and sauces, breads and rolls and desserts. The second year emphasizes classic and contemporary cuisine methods, café cuisine, nutrition and advanced garde manger. To build practical experience, students participate in a culinary arts internship.

Bachelor of Science in Culinary Management

This bachelor's degree program is 122 credits and provides students with the theory and practical experience necessary to work in the culinary field. During the first year, students are required to complete two cooking fundamental courses. Additional coursework covers topics in hospitality operations, desserts and bread, beverage control, wine and spirits, nutrition and dining room service. Students are also required to complete an internship and thesis.

Boston University

Boston University offers food and wine programs through its Metropolitan College division. In addition to a culinary arts certificate program, students can also pursue professional certificates in beer and spirits and cheese studies. A 4-level wine studies program is also available, as well as individual cooking courses.

Culinary Arts Certificate

The culinary arts certificate program consists of more than 400 hours of instruction and teaches students about soups and sauces, poultry and meats, vegetables, pasta, wine, regional cuisines, nutrition and menu planning. Students learn through lectures and gain hands-on experience through demonstrations and field trips. The program also requires that students participate in food and wine seminars.

Bunker Hill Community College

Students at Bunker Hill Community College can pursue programs at the certificate and associate's degree levels. The college offers programs in business, visual and media arts, computer technology, allied health, culinary arts and education.

Pastry Arts Certificate

The 2-semester pastry arts certificate program provides students with the basic skills necessary to obtain entry-level positions in the food industry. Courses in the program teach students about sanitation, baking principles, cafe and bistro cuisine, desserts and pastries and cake decorating.

Culinary Arts Certificate

The culinary arts certificate is 22 credits and offers students the chance to gain basic cooking skills and knowledge. The curriculum ensures that students have an understanding of menu design, sanitation, cooking and baking. Graduates have the opportunity to transfer their credits to an associate's degree in culinary arts program.

Associate in Science in Culinary Arts

Graduates of the culinary arts associate's degree program have the option to pursue entry-level careers or continue their education at the bachelor's degree level. The 63-credit program includes coursework in baking, sanitation, desserts and pastries, food and beverage operations, menu design, food production and dining services. Students can also complete an internship and a culinary arts seminar.

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