Application Requirements

Accepting Applications for January

Our admissions process is your opportunity to get to know the CSCA faculty, staff, facilities and culture, while we get to know you as an individual and prospective student. We want to make sure you are confident and excited about your decision to pursue your culinary education at CSCA, and are here to answer any questions you may have. You are encouraged to attend one of our monthly information sessions, or to schedule a private tour with one of our admissions representatives. We also strongly suggest observing one of our classes for a day to experience our school through the eyes of a student.

How to Apply

Visit Us

Don’t take our word for it. Come see the school in action. Join us for an information session or schedule a private tour with one of our admissions representatives to make sure CSCA is the place for you.

Complete Your Paperwork

As soon as all completed application materials have been received, you will be contacted to arrange your personal interview. All interviews are completed on campus, although phone interviews will be granted under special circumstances.

Following the individual interview your file will be evaluated by our admissions team, and a decision will be made within two weeks. All decisions are made, and applicants are notified, on a rolling basis.

Application Deadline: EXTENDED to Friday, January 12, 2018

Please submit all materials to:
Cambridge School of Culinary Arts
Attn: Admissions
2020 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02140

2018-2019 Academic Calendar

January Certificate Programs
Orientation: January 18, 2018
Classes Begin: January 22, 2018
Classes End: May 12, 2018
Graduation: June 28, 2018

January Professional Programs
Orientation: January 18, 2018
Classes Begin: January 22, 2018
Summer Break Begins: June 22, 2018
Classes Resume: September 10, 2018
Thanksgiving Break Begins: November 19, 2018
Classes Resume: November 26, 2018
Winter Break Begins: December 17, 2018
Classes Resume: January 7, 2019
Classes End: January 19, 2019
Graduation: January 31, 2019

May Certificate Programs
Orientation: April 26, 2018
Classes Begin: April 30, 2018
July Break Begins: July 2, 2018
Classes Resume: July 9, 2018
Classes End: August 25, 2018
Graduation: August 30,2018



  • A completed application
  • A non-refundable application fee of $45.00
  • A personal statement detailing your background, training, or experience in the culinary arts (if applicable), interests, goals, and reasons for applying
  • A resume
  • Official copies of your most recent educational transcripts: high school, high school equivalent (GED, HiSet, or TASC), or college
  • Two letters of reference from an employer, co-worker, or friend
  • A passport-sized photograph

Veteran Applicants

CSCA is approved for the training of veterans and/or eligible persons. Applicants who believe they might qualify must obtain and complete VA Form 22-1990 Application for Educational Benefits. Determination of eligibility and notification of approval amount will be issued directly through the VA. Once an applicant who has been approved for VA benefits has been accepted into the school, an appointment must be scheduled with the admissions office to process the additional required paperwork.

Nonimmigrant Applicants

CSCA is approved for attendance of nonimmigrant (M-1) students. Admissions requirements and procedures are the same as those for students who are citizens of the U.S., with the following exceptions:

1) Once accepted, students are eligible for admission into the U.S. only if a Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status for Vocational Students (I-20 M-N) is completed and properly endorsed by the official designated by CSCA. Accepted students should apply to the American consulate in their country for visas available to students.

2) Documentary evidence of the student’s financial ability as required is included.

Foreign applicants must be fluent in English. A standardized admissions test or TOEFL may be used at the discretion of the admissions office.

Please note: International students residing either outside or inside of the USA must submit a completed application for the Professional Chef’s Program, Professional Pastry Program, Culinary Certificate Program, or the Certificate Pastry Program at least 60 days before the class start dates for each term.