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

Attend an Information Session or Schedule a Tour

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.

Learn the ins and outs of our Professional Programs. Join our admissions staff for an introduction to each program, an overview of the application process, and answers to your most pressing questions. Learn about labs, seminars, student events, and career placement support. Alumni and instructors will be available to talk about “a day in the life” of a CSCA student and help you envision your culinary future.

We also regular Open Houses that allow you to get to know our school in a casual, comfortable setting.

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.

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

2019 Academic Calendar

January Certificate Programs
Orientation: January 17, 2019
Classes Begin: January 21, 2019
Classes End: May 11, 2019
Graduation: June 27, 2019

January Professional Programs
Orientation: January 17, 2019
Classes Begin: January 21, 2019
Summer Break Begins: June 21, 2019
Classes Resume: September 9, 2019
Thanksgiving Break Begins: November 25, 2019
Classes Resume: December 2, 2019
Winter Break Begins: December 23, 2019
Classes Resume: January 6, 2020
Classes End: January 11, 2020
Graduation: January 30, 2020

May Certificate Programs:
Orientation: April 25, 2019
Classes Begin: April 29, 2019
July Break Begins: July 1, 2019
Classes Resume: July 8, 2019
Classes End: August 24, 2019
Graduation: August 29, 2019

September Certificate Programs:
Orientation: September 5, 2019
Classes Begin: September 9, 2019
Thanksgiving Break Begins: November 25, 2019
Classes Resume: December 2, 2019
Holiday Break Begins: December 23, 2019
Classes Resume: January 6, 2020
Classes End: January 18, 2020
Graduation: January 20, 2020

September Professional Programs
Orientation: September 5, 2019
Classes Begin: September 9, 2019
Thanksgiving Break Begins: November 25, 2019
Classes Resume: December 2, 2019
Holiday Break Begins: December 23, 2019
Classes Resume: January 6, 2020
Classes End: June 13, 2020
Graduation: June 25, 2019

Requirements

Requirements

  • 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

Applicants who believe they may be eligible to receive VA educational benefits should complete the application process through the VA to determine eligibility by visiting www.ebenefits.va.gov or www.gibill.va.gov/. We ask eligible students to bring all documentation in accordance with eligibility to your admissions interview.

Any student who receives funding from a third party is responsible for any remaining balance not covered under eligibility through the third party.

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.