About Academics

A Perfect Recipe For Success

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.

Why CSCA?

  • Four unique programs allow you to choose the tract best suited to your goals:
  • A unique combination of lectures, hands-on lab instruction, and seminars provide an intense culinary education in a condensed time frame
  • Event participation in CSCA recreational classes and the local culinary community offers additional opportunity to learn from our instructors and work with top chefs and restaurateurs
  • Lifelong placement services provide career guidance and support for all graduates within our expansive and ever growing CSCA network.

Academics Schedules

Schedule Advantages

Flexible scheduling is a unique feature of the Culinary Certificate Program and Professional Chef’s Program and allows students to work while attending school. Many students set up residence in Cambridge and neighboring cities, while others take advantage of flexible scheduling to commute to and from their home base. Many students maintain employment during non-school hours, helping to offset the cost of education.

Students may elect from day and evening laboratory classes to formulate a schedule that best suits their needs. Morning classes begin at 8:30 am and evening classes begin at 4:30 pm. Each class is designed to last eight hours. Lab class times vary by semester. Students must elect an evening lecture schedule from either Tuesday or Wednesday nights. Lectures begin at 6:00 pm.

The professional program mandates two lab classes and one evening seminar per week. The school does not offer part-time status.

September Certificate

and Professional Programs

Culinary Certificate Program
& Professional Chef’s Program

Lab I
Tuesday 8:30am or Monday 4:30pm

Lab II
Wednesday 8:30am or Thursday 4:30pm

Seminar
Tuesday or Wednesday 6:00pm

Certificate Pastry Program
& Professional Pastry Program

Lab I
Wednesday 4:30pm or Thursday 8:30am

Lab II
Thursday 4:30pm or Friday 8:30am

Seminar
Tuesday or Wednesday 6:00pm

2018-19 Academic Calendar

September Certificate Programs
Orientation: September 5, 2018
Classes Begin: September 10, 2018
Thanksgiving Break Begins: November 19, 2018
Classes Resume: November 26, 2018
Holiday Break Begins: December 17, 2018
Classes Resume: January 7, 2019
Classes End: January 26, 2019
Graduation: January 31, 2019

September Professional Programs
Orientation: September 5, 2018
Classes Begin: September 10, 2018
Thanksgiving Break Begins: November 19, 2018
Classes Resume: November 26, 2018
Holiday Break Begins: December 17, 2018
Classes Resume: January 7, 2019
Classes End: June 15, 2019
Graduation: June 27, 2019

January 2019 Programs Schedule TBD