Culinary Studies

Culinary Studies

EMCC offers an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program in Culinary Studies as well as Certificates of Completion in Baking and Pastry, Culinary Studies, and Basic Culinary Studies.

Students are provided with a broad expanse of culinary education that includes over 500 hours of hands-on lab work in our fully equipped kitchen, as well as courses in food service management. The program also serves lunch during the fall and spring semesters in our on-campus restaurant, Regions.

A variety of courses are offered in different cuisines, buffet, cold kitchen and baking to provide a well-rounded education that trains students for jobs in the professional food service and/or baking and pastry industry. Graduates of the program are prepared for entry level positions in the kitchens of restaurants, hotels, caterers, and institutional operations.

Students are required to purchase knives and uniforms for these programs.

Why Culinary Studies @ EMCC?

Our mission is to provide a well-rounded culinary education that will give students the skills and experience needed for gainful employment in the food service industry. The culinary program at EMCC is well-respected in the industry and is becoming recognized as a top option for culinary education across the valley, with very competitive tuition.

Our general education credits are fully transferable to many four year colleges and universities throughout the region.

This program is part of the Culinary Institute at EMCC, which helps students succeed by offering educational networks and professional opportunities within their selected field(s) of study.

Career and Employment Outlook

In 2015, the restaurant industry employed 273,200 residents of Arizona, representing 10% of employment within the state. Job growth is expected to reach 23.8% over the next decade in Arizona (2025), with 65,000 new jobs.*

*The National Restaurant Association,

Transfer Options

Maricopa Degree Options

At EMCC, get a degree in... And transfer to a university to get a degree in...
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Bachelor of Applied Science
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Bachelor of Hotel and Restaurant Management, NAU