JWU offers a number of accelerated programs in both culinary arts and baking and pastry arts to get students started on a rewarding career path.
Advanced StandingIf you already have some industry experience, you can get your associate degree in 12 months. Complete your first year of study over the summer through accelerated course work and pay only one-third the current tuition for the first term (June-August). In September you’ll begin your sophomore year and complete a hands-on learning experience at either a JWU facility or an off-campus site.
Who should apply? Those who have worked in the food service industry for a minimum of 3–5 years, or who have completed extensive food service courses, and who meet all entry requirements. For more information, download the brochure (747K PDF).
FAST ProgramIf your high school is a participating member of the Freshman Advanced Study Track (FAST) program, we offer an opportunity to earn credits toward a JWU degree while you're still in high school.
Culinary arts students enrolled in approved tech-prep programs — who meet academic requirements — may be eligible to earn up to 9 quarter credits toward their Culinary Arts associate degree.
If you have questions please contact Admissions.
Garnish Your DegreeIf you have a bachelor’s degree* and would like to enter the culinary field, you can get an associate degree in just 12 months.
In a program that runs from September-August at each of our campuses, you can learn the fundamentals, principles and techniques of culinary arts or baking and pastry arts in the first three terms. Then apply these skills in the fourth term through an internship learning experience in both kitchen preparation areas and front-of-the-house operations. You are required to pay tuition and fees for all four terms. For more information, download the brochure (747K PDF).
Ask us how you might also receive transfer credit for general studies and related professional studies courses already taken. Contact Admissions for more details.
*International students should note that the Garnish Your Degree course list is based on a US accredited bachelor's degree and evaluation of individual college/university transcripts. Those holding non-US degrees must meet English proficiency requirements and complete English Composition, ENG1020 and Advanced English Composition and Communication, ENG1021. Once ESL requirements have been met, international students should allow for an additional term of study to complete this program.