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||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|City College of New York||Four-year, public; large city||Management First Program|| $7,140 per year (in-state),*
$14,810 per year (out-of-state)*
|Kingsborough Community College||Two-year, public; large city||Certificate in Culinary Arts and Food Management||$5,252 in-state, $8,132 out-of-state*|
|New York University||Four-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Diploma in Restaurant Operations and Guest Service||$51,828*|
|Suffolk County Community College||Two-year, public; large suburb||Certificate in Culinary Arts/Restaurant Management|| $5,792 per year (in-state),*
$11,012 per year (out-of-state)*
Sources: *NCES College Navigator.