Catalog of Culinary Schools in Nevada

Nevada could very well be the Mecca for students of the culinary arts and hospitality trade. The large number of programs concentrated in just a few schools across Nevada does a good job of preparing its graduates to quickly and effectively enter some of the top gaming and hospitality destinations in the world: Las Vegas, Reno, Lake Tahoe, and Laughlin. With thousands of hotels, resorts, convention centers, restaurants pouring billions of dollars into the state’s economy each year, students in Nevada are assured a quality and innovative education in the hospitality and culinary arts services.

What’s Here?

Nevada knows hospitality. If you throw a stone anywhere in Last Vegas or Reno, it’s very likely that it will land on an education program that is somehow connected to the hospitality and food service industry. Students have a range of degree choices from certificate, Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD.

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Degrees and Programs

Clearly, the most prevalent types of culinary and hospitality program in Nevada are those focusing on hotel and hospitality management. At the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV), students can earn a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, or PhD in programs that specialize in hospitality administration, sports and leisure services management, beverage management, culinary arts, food service management, lodging and resort management, and meeting and events management. Unlike at other schools, these are not single classes, but intensive programs that go deep into the science, art, and practicalities of specific areas within the hospitality profession.

Associate level degrees and certificates are available at the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) in North Las Vegas, and are designed to transfer directly to the university level Bachelors programs. At CSN, courses teach students a foundational knowledge of the culinary and hospitality industry. Courses cover restaurant operations, food production, food and beverage purchasing, and food sanitation.

For students who lean more toward the science and nutritional side of the food industry, the University of Nevada at Reno offers Bachelor and Master level programs in nutritional science and dietetics. Students learn to identify and research the science of food, nutrition, and the cultural factors that influence what we eat. Graduates from these programs often go on to become Registered Dietitians, but can also find work planning meals or designing whole food programs at a variety of food service venues.

Industry professionals who would like to continue their education have alternative class opportunities at The International School of Hospitality in Las Vegas. TISOH offers executive diplomas and certificates in catering, hotel management, wedding planning, and conferences and events. Courses last between three and five months, and can be taken online or at an accelerated pace.

Graduates are likely to find a job they love in any of the thousands of restaurants, resorts, schools, and hotels in Nevada. Typical food industry salaries in Nevada range according to position, city, and experience. A waiter/waitress will earn an annual average salary of $23,770; a Registered Dietitian earns an of $62,940; a first-line supervisor will earn about $37,620; a head chef will earn approximately $56,850; and a restaurant cook earns an average salary of around $33,500.

2019 wage data sourced from the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook. Current wage conditions in your area may vary.

On-Campus Schools

Community College of Southern Nevada
3200 East Cheyenne Avenue Z1A
North Las Vegas, NV 89030-4296
(702) 657-4193
Culinary Arts Management
Hospitality Management
ACF Accredited

Truckee Meadows Community College
700 Dandini Boulevard RDMT -207
Reno, NV 89512-3999
(775) 673-7000
Culinary Arts
Dietetic Technician
ACF Accredited

University of Nevada Las Vegas
Box 453026, 4505 South Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154-3026
(702) 895-4985
Culinary Arts
Hotel Management
Nutrition sciences
ADA Accredited

University of Nevada Reno
SFB, Mail Stop 142
Reno, NV 89557
(775) 784-6487
Nutritional Science
ADA Accredited

The International School of Hospitality
3614 E. Sunset Rd. Suite 110,
Las Vegas, NV 89120
Hotel Management
Conferences and Events
NCPE Accredited

Online Programs

American Culinary Federation
The ACF has over 200 chapters in the United States; its main campus is located in Florida
180 Center Place Way
St. Augustine, FL
Continuing Education
Chef Certification
Chef Educators
Food Safety Certification
ACFEFAC Accredited

The Art Institutes of Pittsburgh – Online Division
The Ai has over 40 campus locations across North America, plus this online campus
420 Blvd of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA
Hotel and Restaurant Management
Culinary Management
MSCHE Accredited

Ashworth College
430 Technology Pkwy
Norcross, GA
Professional Gourmet Cooking and Catering
Hotel and Restaurant Management
DETC Accredited

DeVry University
This University has 90 campus locations in 26 different states
One Tower Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL
Hospitality Management
HLC Accredited

eCornell is an online program and subsidiary of Cornell University, located in New York
950 Danby Road, Suite 150
Ithaca, NY
Leadership and Strategic Management
Project Leadership and Systems Design
Financial Management
Management Essentials
Human Resources Management
Hospitality and Foodservice Management
Certificate in plant-based nutrition
HRCI and PMI Approved

Johnson and Wales University
JWU has campuses in Providence, Charlotte, and North Miami; its largest campus is in Rhode Island
8 Abbott Park Place, Providence, RI 02903
Baking & Pastry Arts and Food Service Management
Culinary Arts and Food Service Management
NEASC Accredited

New England Culinary Institute
NECI has two campuses in Vermont; its main campus is in Montpelier
56 College Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
Hospitality and Restaurant Management
ACCSC Accredited

Penn Foster Career School
925 Oak Street
Scranton, PA 18515
Hotel and Restaurant Management
DETC & CHEA Accredited

Sullivan University
SU has three campuses in Louisville, Lexington and Fort Knox. The main campus for its Global e-Learning program is located in Louisville
2100 Gardiner Lane
Louisville, Kentucky 40205
Beverage Management
CCSACS & ACF Accredited

University of Phoenix
This University has campuses in over 40 states, and two locations in Canada
4602 East Elwood Street
Phoenix, AZ
Hospitality, Travel and Tourism
HLC Accredited

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