Skip to main content
A community college sponsored by Niagara County

© 2019 SUNY Niagara | All rights reserved.

NFCI logoNiagara Falls Culinary Institute

Empire State College

B.P.S. in Business, Management, and Economics with a Concentration in Culinary Management

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions for SUNY Niagara Culinary Arts Faculty

Why do culinary students need a bachelor’s degree?

  • A four-year degree increases graduates’ career potential, especially for moving into management.
  • Graduates from this program will have a solid foundation for developing the skills to be a manager and to progress to owning a business

What topics are included in this program?

  • Students will study such topics as financial management, cost control, facilities, and events management, management information systems, customer and vendor relations, marketing, sustainability, in addition to advanced-level culinary courses.
  • The courses designed for this program take account of current practices and future trends in the culinary field.

What’s different about this program?

  • All SUNY Niagara graduates who complete an associate’s degree in Culinary Arts are guaranteed admission to Empire State College.
  • SUNY Niagara students in the Culinary Arts associate degree program complete four semesters at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute – here’s the difference for SUNY Niagara graduates in Culinary Arts, who enroll at Empire State College to pursue a B.P.S. degree:
    • in the fifth semester, students are Empire State College students, but their courses are SUNY Niagara courses, taught by SUNY Niagara faculty, as provided by the Pathways agreement
    • in the fifth semester, students also take a two-credit course with an Empire State faculty member to begin planning their bachelor’s degree.
    • In semesters 6, 7, and 8, students will be enrolled in blended (hybrid) courses, with 5–7 meetings per semester and online coursework between meetings.
    • Blended study in semesters 6, 7, and 8 mean that students who are employed can continue their studies while working.
    • All courses that lead to a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in Culinary Management are offered at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute.
    • All courses are taught by faculty who meet SUNY requirements and have expertise in their field – credentials, and experience.
    • Empire State College can grant college credit to students for what they know as a result of working in the culinary field — referred to as earning credit for college-level knowledge gained through employment.
    • Students earn a SUNY degree, which is both respected and affordable.

Other important information:

  • Students who transfer to SUNY Niagara and complete the associate’s degree in Culinary Arts, are guaranteed admission to Empire State. Consult SUNY Niagara for transfer information.

Additional information and an online application can be found at

Request Information

Schedule a Visit

Contact Admissions