Program Overview

  • Location
  • Tuition
    $5,109 - $8,253
  • Program Length
    2 years
  • Learning Environment
  • Financial Aid
    FAFSA Eligible

Program Description

The Culinary Arts program caters to students aspiring to become skilled professionals in various culinary roles such as cooks, chefs, bakers, pastry chefs, institutional cooks, kitchen managers, and those planning to pursue a four-year college education. This program provides students with a hands-on experience to apply and refine their culinary skills in real-life scenarios. Upon completing the Associate of Science degree program and joining the American Culinary Federation, students can obtain certification by successfully passing their cumulative practical exam.

Degrees & Certificates

The tuition cost for all programs is $131 per credit for Hawaiʻi residents. Here are the degree and certificate programs available, along with their respective tuition costs:


Associate of Science with a specialization in Culinary Arts (61-63 credits) – Tuition: $7,991-$8,253
Associate of Science with a specialization in Pastry Arts (60-62 credits) – Tuition: $7,860-$8,152
Associate of Science with a specialization in Food Service Management (61-62 credits) – Tuition: $7,991-$8,122


Certificate of Achievement:
Culinary Arts program (39-44 credits) – Tuition: $5,109-$5,764

Certificate of Competence:
Culinary Arts (12 credits) – Tuition: $1,572
Culinary Competition (8 credits) – Tuition: $1,048
Dining Room Service (8 credits) – Tuition: $1,048
Pastry Arts (16 credits) – Tuition: $2,096

Advanced Professional Certificate:
Culinary Arts (18 credits) – Tuition: $2,358

Learn more about Kapiʻolani Community College’s Culinary Arts program