Application Requirements

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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

Now Accepting Applications for January 2018

Application Deadline: Friday, December 22, 2017

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

2017-2018 Academic Calendar

September Professional and Certificate Programs
Orientation: Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Classes Begin: Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Fall Break: Wednesday, November 22 – Sunday, November 26, 2017
Classes Resume: Monday, November 27, 2017
Winter Break: Sunday, December 21, 2017 – Sunday, December 31, 2017
Classes Resume: Monday, January 1, 2018
Classes End: Saturday, June 9, 2018
Graduation: Thursday, June 21, 2018

Upcoming Programs

January Professional and Certificate Programs
Orientation: Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Classes Begin: Monday, January 15, 2018

May Certificate Programs



  • 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.