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Culinary Entrepreneurship

Open for Fall 2018

Length: 1 Year
Credential: Post-Diploma Certificate
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Prepare yourself for the exciting world of entrepreneurship as you immerse yourself in the day-to-day operations of a real-life business.  Learn about your tolerance to risk, your ability to manage and your ability to lead. Graduates can look forward to career opportunities in management or as independent business owners.  

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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $10,163
Year 1 (International): $14,763

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change


You will be offered admission to this program if you meet the admission requirements and qualify through competitive entry. Competitive entry is based on a two-step process: review of your supporting documentation (current resumé and two letters of reference) and an interview, if requested.  

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for fall 2018 open Oct. 18, 2017.
TermProgram start
Fall 2018 Sept. 4, 2018

The Tastemarket by SAIT

The Tastemarket provides you with a flexible platform to generate and market your products to the public. This 9,000 sq foot space features four stations: charcuterie and bar, patisserie, flatbread and a line with daily creations produced by you and your fellow entrepreneurs.

Program Details

Program Description

Whether you're an entrepreneur at heart or you want to increase your business acumen, the Culinary Entrepreneurship post-diploma will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to turn an idea into reality. An intensive year-long certificate program, you'll learn first-hand all about the world of entrepreneurialism as you manage an actual, real-life hospitality enterprise.

The experiential learning from a live classroom environment will provide you with the skillset required to operate a business, provide creative solutions and drive product development - skillsets that are increasingly sought after in a globalized, competitive environment.

While managing a business, your learning will be complimented with online courses and professional mentorship from industry experts. Your studies will cover everything from business operations, facilities, and business regulations to finance, human resource management, sales and marketing.

Upon completion of this post-diploma certificate, you will be able to make informed decisions about your tolerance to risk, your ability to manage and your ability to lead. Further, you will be able to determine if you are suited to entrepreneurship, whether or not you are ready to become an entrepreneur, or if you should use your entrepreneurial mindset to enhance your position within an organization.

World-Class Experiential Learning Environment

An integral part of your learning experience will be SAIT's new state-of-the-art facility designed to foster culinary excellence, creative exchange and innovation. An incubator for entrepreneurs, this space will provide you with a flexible platform to develop and market your products, engage with paying customers in real time and fully immerse yourself in the day-to-day operations of entrepreneurialism.

Student Awards

Three $5,000 entrance awards are available to qualifying students.

Your Career

Graduates of the program can look forward to career opportunities in management within the hospitality industry or as independent business owners.

Student Success

Most successful students spend approximately 20 hours per week doing homework and review, with additional study required to prepare for exams.

Keep in mind hospitality industry hours can range from early morning to late in the evening and often include holidays and weekends.

The material is presented at a fairly rapid rate, so for the greatest level of success you must be present and take responsibility for your learning experience. You must be able to read, write and comprehend the English language at a level exceeding basic conversational English.

The intensive nature of the program requires students to have well developed time management skills.


Graduates of the program will receive a post-diploma certificate in Culinary Entrepreneurship.

Transfer Options

Once completed, this SAIT credential may be eligible for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. Visit Transfer Options to learn more about the transfer agreements currently available to SAIT graduates and incoming students.

Have questions? Write to us at transfer.options@sait.ca.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date. 
  • Fall 2018 start: applications open Oct. 18, 2017.

Admission Requirements

Completion of the following diplomas or work experience:

  • Completion of a Professional Cooking Diploma or Baking and Pastry Arts Diploma or equivalent, or, 
  • Completion of Journeyman Cook or Baker certification, or,  
  • Three to five years of work experience in the Hospitality or Food industry with approval from the program Academic Chair.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Competitive Entry: Seven Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Review the selection information to understand the process and deadlines. 

Applications and proof of the admission requirements (transcripts and/or anticipated final grades) along with all supporting documents must be submitted to be included in selection.  

In the selection process, applicants will be assessed on the following criteria and seats will be offered accordingly. 

  • Current resumé
  • Two letters of reference

Resumé and reference letters will be reviewed and successful applicants will be invited to attend an interview with representatives of the Culinary Entrepreneurship program. Offers of admission will be determined based on the resumé, references and interview. 

Step 4: Apply to Culinary Entrepreneurship and submit your transcripts.

Step 5: Log in to mySAIT.ca to check your admission status. If eligible, your status will indicate that you're "In Selection."

Step 6: Submit your resumé and letters of reference. 

  • Applicants who fail to submit a resumé and letters of reference will be excluded from selection.

Step 7: Continue to monitor changes to your application status through mySAIT.ca.

Failure to meet anticipated final grades will result in offers being rescinded.

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications.

We recommend you add culinary@sait.ca and the sait.ca domain to your safe senders list or you risk missing critical email messages.


Program Outline

Semester 1

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
APST-400 Technology for Business 3.0
FDBS-400 Food Service Retail Management 3.0
FNCE-400 Applied Finance I 3.0
LDSH 400 Applied Entrepreneurship I 3.0
LDSH-401 Applied Leadership I 3.0
MGMT-404 Managing Business Operations I 3.0
MKTG-403 Applied Sales and Marketing I 3.0
PHYF-401 Facilities 3.0
Semester 1 Total: 24.0


Semester 2

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
FNCE-401 Applied Finance II 3.0
HRMT-401 Applied Human Resources 3.0
LDSH-402 Applied Entrepreneurship II 3.0
LDSH-403 Applied Leadership II 3.0
MGMT-406 Managing Business Operations II 3.0
MKTG-404 Applied Sales and Marketing II 3.0
OPMT-400 Supports and Regulations 3.0
Semester 2 Total: 21.0
Program Total: 45.0


Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA feesEstimated 2017/18 total
1 $9,200 $440 $523 $10,163

International Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA feesEstimated 2017/18 total
1 $13,800 $440 $523 $14,763


Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $280 You may be eligible to purchase the UPass.

SAIT Students' Association Fees

Health Plan: $110 
Dental Plan: $125
SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA): $288

Books and Supplies*

  • Books and supplies cost approximately $500. 
  • Membership to the SAIT wellness centre — including an ice arena, swimming/diving pool, gymnasium, squash and racquetball courts and weight room is available at a discounted rate.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Contact Information

School of Hospitality and Tourism