Online Chef Degrees

Since culinary arts is an extremely hands-on field, online entry-level training programs for chefs are not available. As a working chef, if you'd like expand your knowledge of the field and related areas, consider an online culinary degree. Learn more about the available programs, the online study process, common course topics and career prospects. Schools offering Art of Cooking degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Programs Are Available Online for Aspiring Chefs?

If you're thinking about becoming a chef, several schools offer campus-based culinary arts programs. Online culinary degree programs are available at the diploma, associate's and bachelor's degree level, but they are generally designed for those who already have experience or formal training in the culinary arts. You might also consider an online degree in hospitality or hotel and restaurant management.

Programs Available Diploma, associate's, bachelor's
Online Options Online programs are available
Online Study Process Online learning material, discussions, assignments, exams
Common Courses Facilities design, purchasing and product selection, technology for hospitality
Career Opportunities Kitchen supervisor, head chef, catering

How Do Online Programs Work?

You can earn a culinary arts diploma or certificate online in as little as six months. Most programs allow you to study at your own pace, but assignments may have due dates and exams may need to be completed at scheduled times. Course material will be made available to you online, but you may need to purchase textbooks and other reading materials. Every school has different technical requirements, but at minimum you'll need a computer with Internet access, an updated browser and word-processing software. You also typically need an e-mail address to communicate with your instructors and fellow classmates.

What Courses Will I Take?

Coursework for an online culinary diploma covers nutrition, kitchen tools, recipes and fundamental catering topics. Associate's and bachelor's degree programs are designed for those who have completed training working in a kitchen and focus on management, supervision and safety issues. Some of the courses you might find in an online program include:

  • Facilities design
  • Food and beverage operations management
  • Purchasing and product selection
  • Legal issues in hospitality management
  • Technology for hospitality

What Can I Do with My Degree?

With an educational background in culinary arts, you may pursue positions as a head chef or kitchen supervisor. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job growth for chefs and head cooks is expected to increase by 9% between 2014 and 2024 ( The BLS also reported that, as of 2015, median salaries for head chefs ranged from $23,150 to $74,170.

With experience, you may find more job opportunities or choose to move into other areas, such as teaching or catering. You might also open your own business. Additional certification through the American Culinary Federation may help you advance your career and lead to better paying positions, according to the BLS.

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