Cooking Classes in Boston, Massachusetts with Program Info

The Boston area has 5 schools that offer cooking programs. Learn about the classes, admission info and program requirements for 3 of these schools to make an informed education decision.

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Comparison of Cooking School Options in Boston

Several schools in the Boston area offer cooking classes through their culinary arts certificate and degree programs. Students interested in completing a certificate at a 4-year private school can consider Boston University. Bunker Hill Community College, on the other hand, is a midsize public school offering certificates as well as an associate's degree program in the culinary arts. Newbury College - Brookline offers the greatest variety of program options, including culinary certificate, associate's degree and bachelor's degree programs.

Boston UniversityBunker Hill Community CollegeNewbury College - Brookline
Cooking Programs OfferedCulinary Arts CertificateCulinary Arts Certificate,
Pastry Arts Certificate,
Associate in Science in Culinary Arts
Pastry Arts Certificate,
Professional Cooking Certificate,
Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts,
Associate in Applied Science in Baking and Pastry Arts,
Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Service Management
Related Programs Offered Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Administration Hotel/Restaurant Management Certificate,
Associate in Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management
Associate in Science in Hotel and Resort Management, Associate in Science in Food Service and Restaurant Management
School Type4-year, private not-for-profit2-year, public4-year, private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2011) 32,439* 12,934*1,022*
Campus SettingLarge city Large cityLarge suburb
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2012-2013) $42,994*$3,384 for in-state students; $8,328 for out-of-state students*$27,850*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2010-2011)65%*72%*100%*
Acceptance Rate49% (2011)* N/A - Open admissions* 62% (2012)*
Retention Rate (2011)92% for full-time students*73% for full-time students; 69% for part-time students*58% for full-time students; 50% for part-time students*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2011)85%*9% (29% transfer-out rate)*44%*
Relevant FacilitiesLaboratory kitchen with professional equipment Student-operated campus restaurantLois and David Weltman Dining Room
NoteworthyRanked 51st among national universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2013**State's largest community college Students can transfer credits from the Massachusetts Restaurant Associations' Prostart Program
Distance from Downtown (Driving Time)3.4 mi. (11 min.)1.6 mi. (7 min.)5.6 mi. (20 minutes)

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator, **U.S. News and World Report.


Programs at Boston University

Students in the culinary arts program at Boston University receive training in a laboratory kitchen set up with state-of-the-art equipment and individual cooking stations. They also participate in classroom instruction and view live cooking demonstrations.

Culinary Arts Certificate

Classes in this 4-month program teach students various methods for cooking food, such as roasting, simmering, braising, grilling and frying. The curriculum also covers a variety of cuisines ranging from Mexican to Japanese. Other topics of discussion include menu planning, the use of kitchen equipment, sanitation and restaurant management.

Programs at Bunker Hill Community College

Bunker Hill Community College features an on-campus restaurant where students in the culinary arts programs get hands-on experience preparing food. Students in the certificate programs can transfer the credits they've earned to the culinary arts associate's degree program.

Culinary Arts Certificate

This certificate program qualifies students for entry-level positions as line or prep cooks. Program coursework covers menu planning, purchasing and food sanitation as well as cooking and baking techniques. Students must complete 22 credits of coursework to receive this certificate. Classes are offered on the weekends over the course of 2 semesters.

Pastry Arts Certificate

Curriculum for this 29-credit program is similar to coursework required for the culinary arts certificate. Students take the same food sanitation, baking and culinary arts introductory courses in addition to cake decorating and international pastry classes. Advanced cooking classes in desserts and bistro cuisine are also included.

Associate in Science in Culinary Arts

Students in this 63-credit program prepare for supervisory or managerial positions in restaurants and other food service facilities. Many of the cooking classes offered in the certificate programs are included in the degree curriculum. Coursework also covers food and beverage operations, nutrition science and dining service essentials. Students are required to complete a summer internship as well.

Programs at Newbury College - Brookline

The cooking programs at Newbury College - Brookline are offered through the Roger A. Saunders School of Hotel and Restaurant Management. Students in these programs can receive experience working in the Lois and David Weltman Dining Room on campus.

Professional Cooking Certificate

This 18-credit certificate program teaches students how to make stocks, soups, sauces and buffet foods. In addition to 4 core courses, they choose 2 courses from a slate of electives in such topics as contemporary, Italian trattoria and classic French cuisine.

Pastry Arts Certificate

Students must complete 18 credits to receive this certificate. They learn how to decorate cakes and bake breads, rolls and desserts. Students also receive instruction in basic knife skills, the use of weights and measures and advanced pastry decorating techniques.

Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts

Students must complete at least 65 credits to earn the associate's degree. In addition to topics covered in the professional cooking certificate program, they study methods for baking desserts, rolls and breads. A handful of general education courses in the humanities, math and social sciences are also included in the curriculum. Students have the option of completing internships or hospitality electives to fulfill program requirements.

Associate in Applied Science in Baking and Pastry Arts

This program might be of interest to students who'd like to take advanced topics on artisan breads, classical pastries, candies and tiered cakes. They can also learn basic cooking skills and techniques for successfully operating a retail bakery.

Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Service Management

This bachelor's degree program offers students the choice of 2 concentrations. Topics covered in the culinary management option include wines and spirits, breads and rolls, nutrition, café cuisine and desserts. Food and beverage cost control, accounting and hospitality management courses are also included in the curriculum. Students enrolled in this program can choose to write a culinary management bachelor's thesis or complete a culinary management internship.

Other School Options

Massasoit Community College in Brockton offers food production and pastry certificate programs in addition to an associate's degree in the culinary arts. Another option is Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. This school features several associate's and bachelor's degree programs in the culinary arts.

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  • School locations:
    • California campus Stanford
    Areas of study you may find at Stanford University include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
    • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
      • Legal Research and Professional Studies
  • School locations:
    • Massachusetts campus Cambridge
    Areas of study you may find at Harvard University include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Post Degree Certificate: Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
    • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
      • Legal Research and Professional Studies
  • School locations:
    • Pennsylvania campus Philadelphia
    Areas of study you may find at University of Pennsylvania include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Post Degree Certificate: First Professional Certificate, Post Master's Certificate, Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
    • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
      • Communication Studies
      • Comparative Language Studies and Services
      • English Language and Literature
      • Foreign Language and Literature
  • School locations:
    • Rhode Island campus Providence
    Areas of study you may find at Brown University include:
      • Graduate: First Professional Degree, Master
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
    • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
      • Chemistry Sciences
      • Natural Resources Conservation
      • Physical and Environmental Science
      • Physics
  • School locations:
    • North Carolina campus Durham
    Areas of study you may find at Duke University include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Post Degree Certificate: Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
    • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
      • Medical Diagnostic and Treatment Professions
      • Medical Residency Programs
      • Nursing Professions
      • Therapeutic and Rehabilitation Professions
  • School locations:
    • Indiana campus Notre Dame
    Areas of study you may find at University of Notre Dame include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
    • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
      • Medical and Health Preparatory Sciences
  • School locations:
    • Columbia (D.C.) campus Washington
    Areas of study you may find at Georgetown University include:
      • Graduate: First Professional Degree, Master
      • Non-Degree: Coursework
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
    • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
      • Medical Administrative Services
      • Medical Diagnostic and Treatment Professions
      • Medical Residency Programs
      • Nursing Professions
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