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Culinary Management

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Degree Type
61-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Code

Time to Degree
2 years

Start Date
August / January

How You'll Learn

  • On Campus

Culinary management is a field for those who are passionate about food and business savvy, and want to combine the two for a rewarding career. Devote 1,000-plus lab hours to learn the latest culinary techniques and trends, and gain practical, hands-on experience in meal planning, preparation, presentation and serving at the on-campus training restaurant.

How To Apply

  • Apply online and pay the $30 application fee.
  • Submit a copy of one of the following to demonstrate your reading, writing and math skills:
    • High school GPA of 2.60 or above. Transcript must include completed coursework through the 11th grade.*
    • ACT, ACCUPLACER® or GED - 2014 Series (165 or higher).*
    • Prior college coursework may meet this requirement in whole or in part. Courses must be in the specific area(s), and you must have earned a grade of C or better (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) in the courses.*
    • If none of the above apply, sign up for the ACCUPLACER® placement test.

*Unofficial copies of these documents can be sent to

Questions on the application process? Visit the Admissions page or contact an enrollment counselor.

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Contact Us

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Potential Careers

Those working in culinary careers place a high priority on customer service in order to provide guests with a top-notch dining experience. If you possess excellent time management skills, are manually dexterous and can work safely and effectively in the kitchen – plus, the physical endurance needed for fast-paced work, a career in culinary management may be right for you.

  • Sous Chef
  • Assistant Manager
  • Line Cook
  • Kitchen Manager
High School Eligibility

This program is open to qualified high school applicants. Learn more >

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Career Salaries

$27,900 – $52,300 annually

Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.

Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.

Financial Aid

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.

What Makes This Program Unique

  1. Hospitality and Culinary students gain valuable experience at WCTC’s training restaurant, The Classic Room and The Classic Bistro.
  2. International study tour opportunities and internships are available. In the past, students have traveled to Italy, France, England and Germany.
  3. The Hospitality, Baking and Culinary Club promotes professionalism among members, develops and uses resources and talents to increase members’ knowledge of the hospitality/culinary industry, and improves human relations through club and industry interaction.

Culinary student serving plate of food


This program earned exemplary status with the American Culinary Federal Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC). Exemplary programs symbolize the highest educational standards recognized by ACFEFAC. This is awarded to programs that have proven full compliance with all ACFEFAC accreditation requirements in the last visiting team report along with excellent program management.

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