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For over 40 years, Cambridge School of Culinary Arts (CSCA) has fostered culinary passion and expertise in an intimate and nurturing environment. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the hub of the New England culinary scene, we have helped thousands of students pursue their culinary education within our kitchens. Our alumni continue to find great success across New England, the United States, and internationally. Today we offer you the opportunity to join the CSCA family and launch your culinary future.

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Gain the essential knowledge and foundational skills that a strong culinary education demands: classic fundamentals of cooking and baking, history and influences of the world’s greatest cuisines, techniques for mastering common and exotic ingredients, and more.

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Professional FAQ

How large are the classes?

CSCA is proud to provide a low student to instructor ratio in order to optimize learning potential. Class size is restricted to 12 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. Many students continue 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?

Professional Chef’s Program- September 2017

  • 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- September 2017

  • 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- September 2017

  • Lab 1 offered Wednesday PM (4:30) and Thursday PM (4:30)
  • Lab 2 offered Thursday AM (8:30) and Friday AM (8:30)
  • Seminar offered Tuesday PM (6:00) or Wednesday PM (6:00)

Certificate Pastry Program- September 2017

  • Lab 1 offered Wednesday PM (4:30) and Thursday PM (4:30)
  • Lab 2 offered 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?

  • 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?

CSCA is not a Title IV school. Students should contact our admissions office for information about payment plans and assistance.

Is the tuition due in full before I start School?

Tuition can be paid in full or on a quarterly basis.

Does Cambridge School of Culinary Arts offer scholarships?

CSCA does not offer scholarships at this time.

Am I required to live on campus?

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?

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. View Map >

Will I receive job placement assistance?

CSCA posts job opportunities on a private portal for current students and alumni. Students may set up appointments to discuss job aspirations, resume building, stage opportunities, and more with our Manager of Admissions and Student Life.

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, line cook, garde manger, assistant pastry chef, baker, and caterer or personal chef.