School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management
Your Avenue to Become a Leader in the Food Service and Hospitality Industries
Whether your goal is to manage a five-star hotel, own a premiere restaurant, or become a personal chef, a degree from Stratford’s School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management will certainly help you achieve your career aspirations. Our degree programs will equip you with the skills and expertise that employers are looking for in fast-paced and competitive industries. Our highly diverse staff and international study body creates a culturally rich setting that allows you to learn the world of hospitality from a global perspective.
Accredited by the American Culinary Federation (*Falls Church and Baltimore campuses only), Stratford’s School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management is internationally respected and provides the ideal learning environment for newcomers to the industry as well as seasoned culinary and hospitality professionals.
Programs that Build Skills, Industry Knowledge & Careers
Critical thinking in the classroom is an integral part of our approach to building knowledgeable culinary and hospitality leaders. That is why our culinary and hospitality programs include key business related topics, such as problem solving, hospitality human resource management, control systems, food and beverage operations, and managing for profitability.
Through our culinary and hospitality degree programs, you will access an accelerated path that will help you land a job or advance your career in the Culinary, Baking and Pastry or Hospitality industry. Specifically, you will access the practical and academic resources you need to excel, by:
- Learning the latest trends in food science, culinary techniques, and hospitality;
- Being exposed to diverse educational content (guest lectures, lab exercises, externships, etc.)
- Gaining hands on and technical experience;
- Developing problem-solving, analytical, and communication skills;
- Engaging in career enrichment activities (i.e. competitions, field trips, dining events); and
- Obtaining important career skills training.
The School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management offers Masters, Bachelor, and Associate degrees as well as a professional diploma. Many students choose to integrate an additional degree into their educational plan, such as Information Technology or Business Administration, to broaden their skill set.
Stratford Graduates Industry Leaders
The School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management produces some of the nation’s top leaders in the culinary and hospitality fields. Highly rated restaurants, hotels and food service facilities in the country, such as Marriott, Hyatt, Westin Hotels, Wolfgang Puck, and the White House, employ some of our former students.
Stratford has recruited some of the country’s leading culinary and hospitality practitioners to lead classroom instruction. All of our faculty have a Bachelor or Masters degree and possess an average of eight years in industry experience. These professionals have worked in some of the top restaurants and hotels throughout the U.S. and abroad. With their expertise, they are equipped to teach the underlying theories of successful management, and are in tune with the skill sets and competencies employers require.
State-of the-Art Learning Environments
Stratford offers state-of-the-art teaching facilities that provide the perfect setting for developing and honing your culinary and hospitality skills. Our culinary and baking kitchens are equipped with tools and equipment found in commercial facilities and are used for time-tested classical preparations and teaching the trendiest most modern techniques. Our facilities accommodate small, hands-on lab activities and are designed to encourage collaboration and knowledge sharing between instructors and students.
Residential classes are offered day, evening, and weekends to accommodate your busy schedule. All residential classes are blended with a portion of the course delivered online to reduce the time in the classroom. You can complete a class in five or ten weeks and start your program five times a year (January, March, May, August, and September). The accelerated programs at Stratford University allow students to finish a Bachelors degree in 30 months or a Masters degree in 15 months.