Culinary Management—Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree

The Culinary Management (CLM) program at MCC introduces you to the range of opportunities found in the hospitality field. We prepare you with the necessary skills for starting positions within various settings of the food service industry. Coursework includes an introduction to hospitality and safety and sanitation, as well as skills classes in both culinary skills and in baking and pastry. Courses are designed to meet industry standards.

The purpose of the CLM program is to increase the number of individuals trained in specialized food handling and preparation skills to fill a growing number of entry-level positions in the regional food service industry.

Looking to go further in your culinary career? MCC is pleased to announce a 2+1 program with Southern Illinois University (SIU). Complete an AAS degree in culinary management at MCC, and transfer to SIU to complete a Bachelor's degree in Hospitality and Tourism Administration. 30 additional credit hours can be completed at MCC. The degree and classes are offered at both the Carbondale and Gray’s Lake campus sites.

Sweet Scots Bakery, our student-run bakery, operates in the Fall semester.

Tartan Bistro, our student-run restaurant, operates in the Spring semester.

All students in lab skills classes must purchase their own approved MCC student uniform, hat, and tool kit from the MCC Store by the second week of classes. We suggest you pre-order your supplies from the MCC Store online and pick them up from the store, B126. Student course fees only cover the cost of food.


Contact (815) 479-7521 with specific questions about this program.

(in-district) Total Amount: $10,507

Credit Hours to Complete: 64

Weeks to Complete: 80


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Sample Semester 1 16 Credit Hours

    COURSE LIST Course Ids: ENG-151#3 hrs,CLM-101#7 hrs,CLM-105#2 hrs,Select a Mathematics, Physical or Life Science Course#3 hrs,MCC-101#1 hr

Sample Semester 2 17 Credit Hours

    COURSE LIST Course Ids: CLM-102#7 hrs,CLM-130#3 hrs,PAS-101#7 hrs

Sample Semester 3 16 Credit Hours

    COURSE LIST Course Ids: CLM-103#5 hrs,CLM-107#3 hrs,SPE-151#3 hrs,PSY-151#3 hrs,CLM-100#2 hrs

Sample Semester 4 16 Credit Hours

    COURSE LIST Course Ids: CLM-140#4 hrs,CLM-160#3 hrs,CLM-208#7 hrs,Select a General Education Course#3 hrs

Career Outlook

Related Programs

What you need to know about getting your Culinary Management AAS (CIP 12.0504)

Total Culinary Management AAS Costs
Cost in-district out-of-district out-of-state international
Tuition $7,136 $23,089 $30,238 $30,238
Additional Costs $3,371 $3,371 $3,371 $3,371
Program Total $10,507 $26,460 $33,609 $33,609

What makes MCC's Culinary Management AAS program better than or distinct from similar programs at other institutions?

MCC offers two Associate of Applied Science degrees and several related certificates. The program is designed so you can complete your Chef's Assistant I Certificate or Baking and Pastry Assistant I Certificate as you work toward either your Culinary Management AAS or your Baking and Pastry Management AAS.

Be sure to apply for MCC scholarships to help defray the cost of your education. We have several scholarships especially for culinary students.

How do I know this program is right for me?

  • Are you able to maintain a professional level attendance record?
  • Are you able to perform repetitive tasks for an extended amount of time?
  • Are you physically able to work in situations with time limits?
  • Are you mentally able to work in situations with time limits?
  • Are you able to lift up to 50 pound boxes or bags of product?
  • Are you able to efficiently and safely handle and grip a knife?
  • Are you able to read and write clearly and concentrate effectively?
  • Are you able to perform basic math skills without the aid of a calculator?

Typical jobs

  • Line cook
  • Lead cook

How will MCC's Culinary Management AAS program prepare me for my career or connect me to opportunities?

  • By completing the Sanitation and Safety course, you are eligible to sit for the State of Illinois Sanitation Certificate examination.
  • Ask about internships!

By the Numbers:

  • Job Outlook:
    • On average there are more than 800 openings in the culinary field in McHenry County alone
    • Ninety percent of students find jobs in culinary arts within one year of graduation

What have graduates gone on to do?

Outside of the Classroom

Additional information:

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Semesters to complete assumes students are taking a full-time credit load of 12 credits per semester (the minimum required for federal financial aid).

Proportion of students completing in normal time is the percentage of completers who earned the credential within the specified time of their first enrollment at the College.

Students attending part-time or changing their program of study are two common reasons why they may not complete in "normal" time.

Tuition and fees are set by the Board of Trustees. Prices for books and supplies are subject to change.

See additional information about international student costs.