Career Programs

Career Programs Frequently Asked Questions

How large are the classes?
How many hours a week am I in class?
How long are the programs?
What is the class schedule?
What degree will I receive?
Can I get a student loan?
Is the tuition due in full before I start school?
Does The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts offer scholarships?
Am I required to live on campus?
Where is the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts located?
Will I receive job placement assistance?
What type of job can I expect when I graduate?
How can I get a course catalogue?

How large are the classes?

The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts prides itself on low student to instructor ratio in order to optimize learning potential. Class size is restricted to 15 students per instructor.

How many hours a week am I in class?

All programs meet for 19 hours per week: 8 hours per lab class and 3 hours per seminar. Students are able to work full or part time while in school.

How long are the programs?

  • The Professional Chef's Program is 37 weeks long or 744 clock hours (a clock hour is a 50-60 minute period of instruction time).

  • The Professional Pastry Program is 37 weeks long or 744 clock hours (a clock hour is a 50-60 minute period of instruction time).

  • The Culinary Certificate Program is 16 weeks long or 326 clock hours (a clock hour is a 50-60 minute period of instruction time).

  • The Certificate Pastry Program is 16 weeks long or 326 clock hours (a clock hour is a 50-60 minute period of instruction time).

What is the class schedule?

September Class Schedule

Professional Chef's Program

Food Basics Lab offered

  • Monday AM (8:30), Monday PM (4:30), or Tuesday AM (8:30)

Baking Lab offered

  • Wednesday AM (8:30), Thursday AM (8:30), or Thursday PM (4:30)

Seminar offered

  • Tuesday PM (6:00) or Wednesday PM (6:00)

Culinary Certificate Program

Food Basics Lab offered

  • Monday AM (8:30), Monday PM (4:30), or Tuesday AM (8:30)

Baking Lab offered

  • Wednesday AM (8:30), Thursday AM (8:30), or Thursday PM (4:30)

Seminar offered

  • Tuesday PM (6:00) or Wednesday PM (6:00)

Professional Pastry Program

Labs offered

  • Lab 1: Wednesday PM (4:30) and Thursday PM (4:30)
  • Lab 2: Thursday AM (8:30) and Friday AM (8:30)

Seminar offered

  • Tuesday PM (6:00) or Wednesday PM (6:00)

Certificate Pastry Program

Labs offered

  • Lab 1: Wednesday PM (4:30) and Thursday PM (4:30)
  • Lab 2: Thursday AM (8:30) and Friday AM (8:30)

Seminar offered

  • Tuesday PM (6:00) or Wednesday PM (6:00)

Please Note: All day (AM) lab classes are 8:30am-4:30pm and all evening (PM) lab classes are 4:30pm-12:30am.
All seminars are held in the evening (PM) 6:00pm-9:00pm.

What degree will I receive?

  • The CSCA is not a Title IV school, therefore, it does not award degrees.

  • With successful completion of the Professional Chef's Program, students earn a Culinary Arts Diploma.

  • With successful completion of the Professional Pastry Program, students earn a Pastry Arts Diploma.

  • With successful completion of the Culinary Certificate Program, students earn a Certificate of Completion.

  • With successful completion of the Certificate Pastry Program, students earn a Certificate of Completion

Can I get a student loan?

The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts is not a Title IV school. Students who are in need of a personal loan may contact the School's loan officer for help information and assistance.

Is the tuition due in full before I start School?

Tuition can be paid in full or on a quarterly basis. See the School's accountant for the payment schedule.

Does The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts offer scholarships?

The Alumni Association offers the Kit Campaign Scholarship, which covers the cost of a student's equipment kit. In addition, the Admissions Department is able to help students apply for scholarships funded by various culinary organizations.

Am I required to live on campus?

The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts does not provide student housing. There is an abundance of housing/apartment rentals in the Cambridge/Boston area.

Where is the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts located?

The CSCA is located in Cambridge, MA, minutes from Harvard Square and three miles from downtown Boston. The MBTA Red Line and Commuter Rail Porter Square station is a 3-block walk from the school. Several bus lines run on Massachusetts Ave., enabling students to commute from area locales.

The address of the school is 2020 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02140.
(Click here for driving directions).

Will I receive job placement assistance?

The CSCA's Career Services office receives dozens of job postings per week. The Alumni/Career Services Coordinator assesses the job/career desires of each student to help him or her obtain culinary positions upon graduation.

What type of job can I expect when I graduate?

Positions vary depending on the level of experience and what type of position a student desires. Entry-level positions include: prep cook, dessert plater, assistant pastry cook, line cook, sauté cook, garde manger, baker, banquet cooks, personal chef.

How can I get a course catalogue?

You can request a course catalogue by clicking the "Request a Catalogue" link or view and download our online PDF version of the catalogue.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140-2104
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