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Culinary Arts Degree Programs in Brookline, MA with School Info

There are five schools within 20 miles of Brookline, MA, that have culinary arts or related degree programs. Read an overview of the programs, requirements and admission info for the three schools closest to the city and find out which school is the right one for you.

Brookline Culinary Arts Degree Programs

Students interested in becoming a chef or head cook might consider a degree in culinary arts. Several programs are available near Brookline, a suburb of Boston. This article looks at the three schools that are closest to downtown Brookline, none more than a 20-minute drive. It also includes a table of information about the schools, such as size, type and tuition, that prospective students can use when selecting a program. There's a listing of other Brookline area schools that offer culinary arts and other relevant programs as well.

  • Bunker Hill Community College is just five miles from downtown Brookline and has certificate and associate's degree programs in culinary arts.
  • Newbury College - Brookline offers certificate and associate's degree programs for those interested in culinary arts careers. The school is located directly in Brookline.
  • Also about two miles from downtown, the Metropolitan College at Boston University offers a certificate program in food studies as well as a master's degree program in gastronomy.

Comparison of Schools

The following table offers information about the schools profiled here, making it easy to compare them in various aspects.

Bunker Hill Community College Newbury College - Brookline Boston University
School Type 2-year; public 4-year; private, not-for-profit 4-year; private, not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 11,881* 620* 33,355*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $4,224 in-state; $9,168 out-of-state* $34,470* $52,082*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 66%* 100%* 55%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - open admissions* 75%* 25%*
Retention Rate (2017) 64% for full-time students; 50% for part-time students* 57% for full-time students* 93% for full-time students*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate 14% (23% transfer-out rate) for students who began studies Fall 2014* 39% (32% transfer-out rate) for students who began studies Fall 2011* 87% for students who began studies Fall 2011*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.

Bunker Hill Community College

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) is about five miles from Brookline. In addition to certificate and associate's degree programs in culinary arts, BHCC also has a certificate program in pastry arts.

Certificate in Culinary Arts

This 22-credit weekend program prepares students for entry-level roles as line, pastry and food prep cooks. Students learn about tools and cooking techniques, sanitation, menu design and purchasing. Other courses cover baking, desserts and pastries. Credits earned in the program can be applied to the associate's degree program in culinary arts at this college.

Associate of Science in Culinary Arts

Graduates of this 63-credit associate's program are prepared to work in entry-level positions as restaurant and food service managers or transfer to a 4-year program. In addition to the courses taught in the certificate program, students can study café and bistro cuisine, food and beverage, nutrition science, hospitality law and ethnic food preparation. Program participants can also complete an internship and earn hands-on experience at the campus restaurant.

Associate of Science - Baking and Pastry Option

While some of the same courses found in the A.S. in Culinary Arts program are taken here, this program offers coursework in cake decorating, chocolate and sugar artistry, hot and cold desserts, and classical and international pastries. An internship in pastry arts is part of the curriculum.

Newbury College - Brookline

Newbury College is located in Brookline and offers certificates in pastry arts and professional cooking and an associate's degree program in culinary arts. Most of the culinary courses are taught in testing kitchens at the Roger A. Saunders School of Hotel and Restaurant Management. Newbury College also has certificate programs in pastry arts and professional cooking.

Certificates in Pastry Arts and Professional Cooking

These 18-credit certificates are a combination of core courses drawn from the associate degree programs. Throughout the pastry arts program, students will learn about baking and an assortment of pastry and cake artistry. Those taking professional cooking will learn about the fundamentals of cooking as well as different types of cuisine. Students have the option to apply their certificate credits toward an associate's degree as they continue on in their studies at Newbury College.

Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts

This 64-credit associate's degree program trains students to work for restaurants, catering companies, cafeterias and resorts. The program takes about two years to complete and includes courses in breads, baking, pastries, garde manger, nutrition, classical dining service and café cuisine. Throughout the program, students work at the public restaurant located on the campus. The program requires an internship during the summer between a student's first and second years. Graduates can transfer credits earned in this program to the bachelor's degree program in hotel, restaurant and service management with a concentration in culinary management.

Bachelor of Science in Culinary Management

Combining business coursework such as accounting and HR management with classes in cafe cuisine operations and professional dining room practices, this program provides students with the managerial know-how and understanding of food service and preparation to obtain a career in the hospitality management field. In the fourth year, students take part in an internship or complete a thesis.

Boston University

The Metropolitan College (MET) at Boston University is located on the school's main campus in Boston, about two miles from Brookline. The certificate program in culinary arts and the master's degree program in gastronomy were created by Chefs Julia Child and Jacques Pépin. MET also offers professional certificate programs covering wine and spirits, cheese and food safety.

Certificate in Food Studies

This 16-credit program is crafted for those looking to expand their education in the food industry or looking to make a shift in their career. Studies will be geared toward nutrition, history of food, culture, cuisine and a variety of other topics pertaining to food. This certificate program may be completed on a part-time or full-time basis. As a four-course certificate that shares courses with the Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy, students also have the option to apply these credits toward future studies.

Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy

Students interested in applying for this interdisciplinary program must have a bachelor's degree. The program focuses on nutrition, food and food science. Students get practical instruction through the school's culinary kitchens. Core courses offered include food and the senses, food anthropology and theory of food. Learners are able to choose from a number of electives, such as food marketing, food ethnography, mastering wine and artisan cheeses. Concentrations are available in history and culture, business, communication and food policy. The program also offers an optional master's thesis or master's project to qualified students.

Other School Options

Massasoit Community College is located in Brockton, about 18 miles south of Brookline. This college offers a 15-course career program in culinary arts that involves a 240-hour field training requirement. Roughly 19 miles north of Brookline is North Shore Community College, which is located in Danvers and has certificate and associate's degree programs in culinary arts and food service.


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