Top Baking and Pastry Schools

Explore some important considerations for choosing a school with a strong program in baking and pastry. Read about three well-regarded schools with programs in this field, and find out what kinds of baking and pastry certificates and degrees each school offers. Schools offering Baking & Pastry degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Should I Look For in a Top Baking and Pastry School?

While most training is provided by community and technical colleges, you can find some baking and pastry programs at 4-year schools. Look for schools that offer quality kitchen facilities, internships and study-abroad options. It's also worth determining if schools are regionally or nationally ranked, or if they're accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission.

What Are Three Top Baking and Pastry Schools?

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) was named a top Northeastern college and one of the best 376 schools in the nation by The Princeton Review in 2016. The university's Academy of Culinary Arts offers a 5-semester certificate program for culinary arts and baking and pastry arts. Culinary arts foundation studies are followed by two semesters of baking classes. The program includes a 4-month externship, often in a 4- or 5-star property.

The university offers an advanced program in baking and pastry arts, concluding with a second 4-month externship. Post-graduation training in Switzerland could help students acquire knowledge of European and Swiss standards and earn a European diploma. These programs are offered:

  • Certificate in Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts
  • Certificate in Baking and Pastry Arts

Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI

Johnson and Wales University was ranked 67th on U.S. News & World Report's list of best northern regional universities in 2016. Students can earn a bachelor's degree or associate degree in baking and pastry arts. The associate degree is also available at the university's other U.S. campuses. Admission to the bachelor's program requires an associate degree in either culinary arts or baking and pastry arts.

The Providence campus offers 52 kitchens, labs and other facilities. Three bakeshops include two chocolate and six pastry labs and an artisan bread lab. The 4-year curriculum requires an internship or study-abroad experience. Internship relationships have been established at more than 1,600 sites located in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Asia. These degrees are available:

  • Associate in Science (A.S.) in Baking and Pastry Arts
  • Bachelor of Science in Baking and Pastry Arts

Southern New Hampshire University in South Hooksett, NH

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) was ranked 101st on U.S. News & World Report's 2016 list of top regional schools in the North. Students can choose from a baking certificate program or a 2-year associate degree program in baking and pastry arts. Credits from the associate degree program can be transferred to bachelor's degree programs in culinary management or hospitality management.

SNHU offers baking and pastry training in the context of a traditional university experience. Students learn the basics of baking and pastry arts in the first year, followed by a second year choice of focus in baking and pastry arts or culinary arts. The school offers hands-on experience opportunities at the university's restaurant and student bakery and through internships. These baking and pastry programs are offered:

  • Baking Certificate
  • A.S. in Baking and Pastry Arts

Other Baking and Pastry Schools

College/UniversityInstitution TypeLocation
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts - Cambridge2-year, PrivateCambridge, MA
Culinary Institute of America4-year, PrivateHyde Park, NY
Del Mar College2-year, PublicCorpus Christi, TX
Trident Technical College2-year, PublicCharleston, SC
Athens Technical College2-year, PublicAtlanta, GA
Valencia College4-year, PublicOrlando, FL
Coast Career Institute2-year, PrivateLos Angeles, CA
Sinclair Community College2-year, PublicDayton, OH
Phoenix College2-year, PublicPhoenix, AZ
Oakland Community College2-year, PublicBloomfield Hills, MI

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