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.

January Certificate

and Professional Programs

Culinary Certificate Program
& Professional Chef’s Program

Lab I
Monday or Tuesday 8:30am

Lab II
Wednesday or Thursday 8:30am

Seminar
Tuesday or Wednesday 6:00pm

Certificate Pastry Program
& Professional Pastry Program

Labs I & II
Monday and Tuesday 8:30am

Seminar
Tuesday or Wednesday 6:00pm

May Certificate Programs

Culinary Certificate Program

Labs I & II
Wednesday and Thursday 8:30am

Seminar
Tuesday or Wednesday 6:00pm

Certificate Pastry Program 

Labs I & II
Monday and Tuesday 8:30am

Seminar
Tuesday or Wednesday 6:00pm

September Certificate

and Professional Programs

Culinary Certificate Program
& Professional Chef’s Program

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

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

Seminar
Tuesday or Wednesday 6:00pm

Certificate Pastry Program
& Professional Pastry Program

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

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

Seminar
Tuesday or Wednesday 6:00pm

2019 Academic Calendar

January Certificate Programs
Orientation: January 17, 2019
Classes Begin: January 21, 2019
Classes End: May 11, 2019
Graduation: June 27, 2019

January Professional Programs
Orientation: January 17, 2019
Classes Begin: January 21, 2019
Summer Break Begins: June 21, 2019
Classes Resume: September 9, 2019
Thanksgiving Break Begins: November 25, 2019
Classes Resume: December 2, 2019
Winter Break Begins: December 23, 2019
Classes Resume: January 6, 2020
Classes End: January 11, 2020
Graduation: January 30, 2020

May Certificate Programs:
Orientation: April 25, 2019
Classes Begin: April 29, 2019
July Break Begins: July 1, 2019
Classes Resume: July 8, 2019
Classes End: August 24, 2019
Graduation: August 29, 2019

September Certificate Programs:
Orientation: September 5, 2019
Classes Begin: September 9, 2019
Thanksgiving Break Begins: November 25, 2019
Classes Resume: December 2, 2019
Holiday Break Begins: December 23, 2019
Classes Resume: January 6, 2020
Classes End: January 18, 2020
Graduation: January 20, 2020

September Professional Programs
Orientation: September 5, 2019
Classes Begin: September 9, 2019
Thanksgiving Break Begins: November 25, 2019
Classes Resume: December 2, 2019
Holiday Break Begins: December 23, 2019
Classes Resume: January 6, 2020
Classes End: June 13, 2020
Graduation: June 25, 2020