Culinary Schools in Baltimore, MD with Degree Program Summaries

Dec 11, 2018

There are more than five schools in and around Baltimore that have culinary arts diploma, certificate or degree programs. To find out which one is right for you, read an overview of the program requirements at three colleges located within about 20 miles of downtown.

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Baltimore Culinary Programs

The Baltimore area has several schools with culinary programs. This article shines a spotlight on the coursework and learning opportunities offered by three colleges. It also includes a table of facts on the profiled institutions, as well as some details on other area school options.

  • Students who are seeking an associate's degree or certificate in culinary arts can look to Howard Community College in Columbia, which offers a certificate in culinary management - baking and pastries, along with an associate's program in culinary arts and baking. The school is about 21 miles from central Baltimore.
  • Arnold's Anne Arundel Community College, situated about 20 miles from Baltimore's downtown area, offers a culinary arts associate's degree program as well as certificates in baking and culinary arts.
  • An option for students who want a more urban environment is Stratford University, which has a campus within the Baltimore city limits just a mile from downtown. This private, for-profit institution is the only school in the area that offers a culinary bachelor's degree program; it also has two associate's degrees in the field.

Comparison of Schools

All of the profiled schools have open admissions and similar student retention rates; however, other differences - especially when it comes to tuition and fees - might make a particular institution stand out for you. Review this table to learn more about these and other stats.

Howard Community College Anne Arundel Community College Stratford University
School Type Public, 2-year Public, 2-year Private for-profit, 4-year
Total Enrollment (2017)* 9,476 13,354 2,282
Campus Setting Small city Large suburb Large suburb
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* In-district: $3,888
In-state: $5,880
Out-of-state: $6,960
In-district: $4,646
In-state: $7,706
Out-of-state: $12,566
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 57% 39% 100%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* Open admissions Open admissions Open admissions
Retention Rate (2017)* 69% full-time 72% full-time 25% full-time
Graduation Rate* 19% (students who began in fall 2014) 20% (students who began in fall 2014) 6% (students who began in fall 2011)

Sources: *NCES College Navigator.

Howard Community College

The Center for Hospitality and Culinary Studies offers baking and pastry programs at both the certificate and associate's degree levels.

Baking and Pastries - Culinary Management Certificate

This program is intended for students who want to enter the professional baking and pastry field in an entry-level position. It consists of 28 credits and 13 classes, including culinary basics, baking and pastries showpieces, and cake decorating.

Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts and Baking

This program is intended for students who hope to work in supervisory positions in culinary settings. Students complete 63 credits, which include a general education curriculum as well as required courses in accounting, business, internet use and communications. The program features two groups of elective courses: professional cooking, and professional baking and pastries. Required courses include culinary supervision, food service sanitation and safety, cake decorating and nutrition, along with an internship.

Anne Arundel Community College

The Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism (HCAT) Institute at Anne Arundel Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science program and several certificate programs. Students can deepen their passion for culinary arts through competitions, field trips and events through Team Anne Arundel and the HCAT Chef's Club.

Baking and Pastry Arts Certificate

This program prepares students to work in hotel, restaurant or private bakery settings. Students complete 25 credits hours over 9 classes, including intermediate bread production, advanced pastry production, food science and nutritional cooking, and certification in sanitation. Credits earned in this program can be applied toward a culinary arts degree.

Culinary Arts Certificate

This certificate program also includes 25 credit hours to complete. Along with basic cooking techniques, students will also spend the rest of the nine courses learning regional cooking, international cooking, and sanitation practices.

Associate of Applied Science in Hotel/Restaurant Management - Culinary Arts or Baking and Pastry

Students in this degree program complete general education courses, core curricula and concentration courses in this 62-credit program. The core courses that students in either concentration will complete include concepts such as an introduction to the hospitality industry, cooking basics, food and beverage management, world cuisine and an internship. In the culinary arts concentration, other coursework includes garde manger, intermediate and advanced cooking techniques, American regional cooking and international cooking. The baking and pastry concentration offers courses in bread production, cake production, chocolate work and European pastries.

Stratford University

Stratford University's Baltimore campus, located in the Inner Harbor, offers several programs in culinary arts and hospitality. The university offers associate and bachelor's programs in culinary arts, as well as a master's degree program in international hospitality management.

Associate of Applied Science in Advanced Culinary Arts

This program is designed to give students both culinary and critical thinking skills so they can enter the industry prepared for entry-level and supervisory positions. Students have the option of completing some of the required classes online. This 90-credit program consists of 15 core component classes and 5 general education classes. Core classes include kitchen fundamentals, elements of entrée production and advanced culinary theory. Students also complete a culinary skills externship.

Associate of Applied Science in Baking and Pastry Arts

Students who want to pursue careers as professional pastry chefs or bakers while also receiving a general education should consider this degree program, which requires 90 credits. The curriculum covers fundamentals of baking, specialty and wedding cakes, and artisan bread. Students can fulfill some requirements through online classes. A culinary skills externship is also required.

Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management

The hospitality management program prepares students to cook professionally and to secure leadership and management positions in the culinary field. This program consists of 180 credits, including 12 general education classes and 13 core and elective classes. This includes classes such as advanced culinary theory, nutrition and menu planning, introduction to gastronomy, dining room service and sales management. Students can choose electives ranging from international cuisine to presentation and plate design.

Other Schools

Culinary arts certificate and degree programs are also offered at Frederick Community College in Frederick and Prince George's Community College in Largo, both of which are 40-50 miles away from Baltimore.

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