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Master Your Craft

Get the experience to stand out in your field — before you graduate. Get started  

Internships = Careers

Work at restaurants, spas, casinos, food development companies + hotels — for academic credit.

Heinz, major league baseball teams, Thomas Keller’s Per Se, the Denver Broncos + other top companies have employed JWU interns.  
More than 4,000 JWU students complete internships every year.  

Labs = Skills

Why wait to build professional skills? Do it now in labs where our student faculty ratio = 18:1.



Experts Make YOU Experts

They’re more than faculty — they share their industry experience to get you on the inside track — and mentor you to success.


Tomorrow’s Chef

The culinary field is transforming — and JWU is leading the way. Learn the scientific hows + whys behind cooking — and stand out in the new culinary revolution. Learn more

Modernist Cuisine

Discover groundbreaking, scientific preparation + presentation techniques.

Better science = better chefs


Medicine + Nutrition

Learn to create food that’s healthy, sustainable, socially conscious — and delicious.

Food + Health + Wellness


Think Global

Food is a universal language, and now, it’s an international business. Learn global and fusion cuisine with students from 90+ countries — and gain the perspective and skills to communicate (and lead) in any cultural context. Get info

Study Abroad

Where else can you get industry experience in another country — for academic credit?

JWU students aren’t just learning about other cultures — they’re living them!

FLORENCE: Apprentice with Tuscan chefs.
GERMANY: Taste 500+ wines, learn pairings and see wine-making process.
SINGAPORE: Learn Pan-Asian cuisine from masters, and even cater an event.
PERU: Make chocolate where Incans did 1,000 years ago.

Business Skills

Food service is a multi-billion dollar industry. So we integrate culinary, arts and sciences and business, taking you beyond the kitchen — to excel in the business of food. Make it happen

Learn to Manage

Build business skills to excel: financial analysis, management, operations, critical thinking, marketing, HR + communication.


Learn to Lead

Go beyond the classroom: network and lead teams with our professional + industry clubs.

  • American Culinary Federation
  • ProStart
  • Special Functions team
  • SkillsUSA
  • Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)

Limitless Careers

Our alumni are leading the way — as celebrity chefs, food product developers, entrepreneurs, restaurant owners, dieticians, spa chefs, food scientists, research chefs, vineyard executives, head chefs for pro sports franchises, presidents of restaurant chains and sport nutritionists. Join them

JWU alums like Emeril Lagasse, Lena Kwak + Chris Cosentino are culinary innovators + leaders.  
JWU alumni are making their mark in culinary.  

Majors + Degrees

Bachelor of Science

Baking & Pastry Arts

Build your creative skills in artisan breads, decorative pastry showpieces, wedding cakes, plated desserts and more — along with the purchasing, budgeting and inventory procedures to run a food-related business, and the managerial, communication and leadership skills to excel in the pastry world.


  • Leading restaurants + hotels
  • Boutique pastry shops
  • High-volume bakeries

Baking & Pastry Arts and Food Service Management

Want to own your own bakery? Manage a high-end hotel or food company? At JWU, expand on your technical/creative foundation — and build the business management, front-of-house, budget, finance, marketing and managerial skills to make it happen.

Culinary Arts and Food Service Management

Food service professionals need more than a technical and creative foundation — you need business, management and critical thinking skills. Build them at JWU: Hone your culinary skills while developing the industry-specific budget, finance, marketing, front-of-the-house, managerial and leadership skills essential for running any food-related business.

Culinary Nutrition

Improve the way people eat: At JWU, build your understanding of food’s role in health in culinary arts, nutrition and food science courses. Prepare for an growing range of careers as a research and development chef, athletic franchise nutritionist, food product developer, registered dietician, spa chef and more.

JWU's program is the first of its kind to receive accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.


  • Culinary Food Science
  • Clinical/Dietetics


  • Nutrition, anatomy + biochemistry
  • Healthy food preparation
  • Menu development
  • Spa + performance cuisine
  • Strategies to diagnose/treat food-related health issues

Food Service Entrepreneurship

The food industry has become big business, and it’s growing! At JWU, learn how to make the most of your culinary or baking skills, and capitalize on entrepreneurial opportunities. Build the knowledge to manage a food-related business, work as a corporate entrepreneur or open your own business.

Mix entrepreneurship courses with:

  • Management
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Marketing

WIN $1,000
Win start-up support from JWU at our annual business plan competition.

Use our Center for Entrepreneurship resources and start-up support to bring your ideas to life, before you graduate.


Associate in Science

Baking & Pastry Arts

Learn to produce artisan breads, classic pastries, pies, cakes and plated desserts in JWU's top-notch labs. Earn your associate degree, and build the food prep/production, pastry presentation, cost control, food safety, critical thinking and communication skills for long-term baking career development.


  • Restaurants
  • Food-related business
  • Hotels
  • Bakeries
  • Study abroad sites


All Culinary BS degrees

Culinary Arts

Learn the craft, science and business of culinary arts. In JWU's multidisciplinary program, balance creative artistry with problem-solving, scientific and managerial skills, working with expert chef-instructors in top-notch labs, at national competitions and on internships.


All Culinary Bachelor of Science degrees


  • Sustainability
  • Modernist techniques + trends
  • Cost control
  • Classical + international cuisines
  • Sourcing
  • Food safety

Adult Learning

Continuing Education

At certain campuses, you can earn these degrees in our Adult & Continuing Education program:

Bachelor of Science
Baking & Pastry Arts and Food Service Management
Culinary Arts and Food Service Management

Associate in Science
Baking & Pastry Arts
Culinary Arts

Online Programs

Earn these bachelor degrees in our Online Learning program:

Baking & Pastry Arts and Food Service Management
Culinary Arts and Food Service Management


1-Year Programs

Get Credit for Work Experience

In our Advanced Standing program, use your work experience to fast track your associate degree — earn your AS in just 12 months at JWU. Over the summer, complete accelerated course work. Then, during September-May, take courses and get work experience at our facilities or an off-campus site, and build the skills to stand out in the workforce.

Runs June-May.

You must have:

  • Worked in food service for 3+ years
  • Completed extensive food service courses

Pay only 1/3 the current tuition for your summer term.

Garnish Your Degree

Ready for a career change? Want to enter the food service field? In our Garnish Your Degree program, use your bachelor’s degree to earn your culinary or baking & pastry arts associate degree in just 12 months at JWU! Learn basics, principles and techniques — you can even complete an internship.

Runs Sep-Aug.

You must have a bachelor’s degree to apply to this program.

Do a one-term internship in both:

  • Kitchen preparation areas
  • Front-of-house operations

Application (PDF)