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 restauranteurs
  • 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.

Culinary Certificate Program and Professional Chef’s Program

Lab I (choose 1)
Monday 8:30am
Monday 4:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am

Lab II (choose 1)
Wednesday 8:30am
Thursday 8:30am
Thursday 4:30pm

Seminars (choose 1)
Tuesday 6:00pm
Wednesday 6:00pm

Certificate Pastry Program and Professional Pastry Program

Lab I (choose 1)
Monday 8:30am
Monday 4:30pm

Lab II (choose 1)
Tuesday 8:30am
Tuesday 4:30pm

Seminars (choose 1)
Tuesday 6:00pm
Wednesday 6:00pm

2018-19 Academic Calendar

January Certificate Programs
Orientation: January 18, 2018
Classes Begin: January 22, 2018
Classes End: May 12, 2018
Graduation: June 28, 2018

January Professional Programs
Orientation: January 18, 2018
Classes Begin: January 22, 2018
Summer Break Begins: June 22, 2018
Classes Resume: September 10, 2018
Thanksgiving Break Begins: November 19, 2018
Classes Resume: November 26, 2018
Winter Break Begins: December 17, 2018
Classes Resume: January 7, 2019
Classes End: January 19, 2019
Graduation: January 31, 2019

May Certificate Programs
Orientation: April 26, 2018
Classes Begin: April 30, 2018
July Break Begins: July 2, 2018
Classes Resume: July 9, 2018
Classes End: August 25, 2018
Graduation: August 30,2018