Students create a dish in the culinary lab

Culinary Management - Associate Degree

Are you looking to combine your culinary passion with hospitality and business skills? Culinary management is a rewarding career for you. In year one, earn your Culinary Specialist Technical Diploma with hands-on experiences in our state-of-the-art facility learning proper cooking and baking techniques. Year two focuses on hospitality, event, and business skills to be an asset for any organization as you plan, coordinate, and lead activities. Blend your cooking passion with your skills to make a dining experience for all customers to remember! The program includes testing for a National Restaurant Association Certification.

Program Code: 103171 New at NWTC
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Area of Study: Business, Hospitality

Start or advance your food industry career with this new associate degree program! Hospitality, business, and event planning skills are combined with the cooking and baking techniques used as a chef. You'll be prepared for a career as a manager in a banquet, catering, restaurant, or other food service environment.

Program Costs & Financial Aid

See costs of tuition, books, and supplies.

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

Estimates based on in-state residency. Learn more about tuition and fees.

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Offered At:


  • Day
  • Full-time
  • Part-time

How do I get started in this program?

Requirements for Program Entry

  • Apply at
  • Submit high school, GED, or HSED transcripts and college transcripts (if applicable) to
  • Tip! Our admission advisors will assist you through every step. Have questions? Connect with NWTC Admissions at or 920-498-5444.

What are my courses?


Students following the study plan below will complete the Culinary Management Associate Degree in the number of semesters shown.

Total Credits 63
  • Curriculum Note: The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program requirements, but must be passed with a C or better.

Program Outcomes

  • Apply principles of safety and sanitation in food service operations.
  • Apply basic principles of nutrition.
  • Demonstrate basic culinary skills.
  • Food service management
  • Plan Menus
  • Manage food service financial information.

What careers are in my future?

Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

  • Banquet Manager or Catering Manager
  • Food and Beverage Manager or Director
  • Food Service Manager or Director
  • Restaurant Manager or General Manager
  • Dietary Manager
  • Kitchen Manager

What's next after graduation?

Start here. Finish at a four-year.

NWTC transfer programs are offered through collaborative agreements with our four-year college and university partners. See where your associate degree credits will transfer.

What else do I need to know about the program?


  • The Culinary Specialist program students are required to order and prepay for two sets of personalized chef uniforms and one pair of kitchen safe shoes three weeks prior to the beginning of classes. These supplies are approximately $200. Students accepted to the program will receive details through their NWTC e-mail account on how to order these supplies.

Industry Credentials

National Restaurant Association Certification. The course includes National Restaurant Association Certifications as well as the CESIM Hospitality Simulation.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses.

Learn more about upcoming study abroad opportunities.


Classes wherever you have an internet connection. 

  • An in-person career experience, such as an internship, practicum, or credit for prior learning, may be required.
  • Some online courses may be held at specific dates/times.
Classes between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Classes between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
A combination of online classes and Saturday and/or Sunday classes.
12 or more credits per term.
Fewer than 12 credits per term.