Academic Calendar

A Perfect Recipe For Success

Cambridge School of Culinary Arts (CSCA) offers four unique programs that allow you to choose the tract best suited to your goals. We offer culinary and pastry arts training programs that begin every September, January, and May. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, CSCA has helped thousands of students pursue their culinary education within our kitchens and watched them grow into successful chefs, restaurateurs, and culinary professionals in Greater Boston and beyond.


  • 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 seminar schedule from either Tuesday or Wednesday nights. Seminars begin at 6:00 pm and may be delivered remotely or in-person, depending on content.

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

January 2022*

Orientation: January 13, 2022

Professional Chef’s and Culinary Certificate Programs*
Labs I & II:

  • Day Time Option: Wednesday and Thursday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Evening Option: Monday and Tuesday 4:30 pm – 12:30 am

Seminar: Tuesday or Wednesday 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm (1 per week)**

Professional Pastry and Certificate Pastry Programs*
Labs I & II

  • Day Time Option: Monday and Tuesday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Evening Option: Wednesday and Thursday 4:30 pm – 12:30 am

Seminar: Tuesday or Wednesday Evenings 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm (1 per week)**

*Schedule subject to change.
**Seminars may be held remotely (online) or in person.

January Certificate Programs (16 Weeks)
Orientation:  January 13, 2022
Classes Begin:  January 17, 2022
Classes End:  May 7, 2022
Graduation:  June 30, 2022

January Professional Programs (37 Weeks)

Orientation: January 13, 2022
Classes Begin:  January 17, 2022
Summer Break:  June 17, 2022
Classes Resume:  September 12, 2022
Fall Break:  November 21, 2022
Classes Resume:  November 28, 2022
Winter Break: December 19, 2022
Classes Resume: January 2, 2023
Classes End:  January 14, 2023
Graduation: January 26, 2023

Schedule subject to change.

When is the next Evening Program?

The next Culinary Certificate and Certificate Pastry evening programs are tentatively slated for January 2022*.

*Subject to Change.


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