About CIV

About Culinary Institute of Virginia

Culinary Institute of Virginia houses a passionate community of students and educators. Under the guidance of experienced chefs, students receive rigorous, hands-on education, learning both the art and science of food.

At the Culinary Institute of Virginia, we strive to admit only the most dedicated and committed students. We adhere to selective enrollment standards designed to help you choose the program that best matches your interests and professional goals.

Since opening in September 2006, Culinary Institute of Virginia, the College of Culinary Arts of ECPI University, has been operating under single premise: offer education and training that helps elevate the Hampton Roads food scene.

Culinary Institute of Virginia (CIV) currently offers degree and diploma programs in: Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry Arts, and Food Service Management. All educational programs emphasize hands-on training, lead by industry-seasoned professionals, with class sizes that enable individual attention. With over 700 graduates, CIV is recognized as a source of skilled food service professionals ready to join the ranks of the hospitality workforce.


Fast-track 18-month Associate and 2.5-year Bachelor’s degree programs

Curriculum designed with input from employers in the food industry

Learning from experienced professional chef instructors who will help you explore classics techniques and some of the latest culinary trends

Regional accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and diploma programs

About ECPI University

ECPI University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, and master degrees and diploma programs. With campuses in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, ECPI, a private university established in 1966, offers convenient classes during the day, evening, and online; graduate employment services are provided. Continuing education certification classes and testing are also available. ECPI’s fields of study include:

TECHNOLOGY: Master of Science in Cybersecurity, Cyber and Network Security, Information Systems, Software Development, Cloud Computing and Virtualization, Web Development, Database Programming, Business Systems Administration, Accounting Administration, Electronics Engineering Technology, Mechatronics, Medical Imaging Equipment Technology;

BUSINESS AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Accounting, Master of Business Degree in Business Administration,Business Administration, IT Management, Food Service Management, Criminal Justice, Homeland Security;

HEALTH SCIENCES: Healthcare Administration, Health Information Management, Physical Therapist Assistant, Massage Therapy, Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting, Medical Radiography, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Surgical Technology;

NURSING: Master of Science Degree in Nursing (MSN), Nursing (BSN), Registered Nursing, Practical Nursing;

CULINARY: Culinary Arts. (Program field availability varies by campus.) For more information, visit www.ecpi.edu.