Application Requirements

Prepare Your Application Today

Our admissions process is your opportunity to get to know the CSCA faculty, staff, facilities and culture, while we get to know you as an individual and prospective student. We want to make sure you are confident and excited about your decision to pursue your culinary education at CSCA, and are here to answer any questions you may have. You are encouraged to attend one of our monthly information sessions, or to schedule a private tour with one of our admissions representatives. We also strongly suggest observing one of our classes for a day to experience our school through the eyes of a student.

How to Apply


  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have completed high school or the equivalent.
  • All applicants for whom English is a second language, must also demonstrate competency in English.


  • A completed online application
  • A non-refundable application fee of $45.00
  • A personal statement detailing your background, training, or experience in the culinary arts (if applicable), interests, goals, and reasons for applying
  • A resume
  • Official copies of your most recent educational transcripts: high school, high school equivalent (GED, HiSet, or TASC), or college
  • Two letters of reference from an employer, co-worker, or friend
  • A passport-sized photograph

Begin your application process:

Complete Your Paperwork Online

As soon as all completed online application has been received, you will be contacted to arrange your personal interview and pay your application fee online. You will have the option to submit additional materials online, have them mailed to CSCA, or bring them with you to your interview. All interviews are completed on campus, although phone interviews will be granted under special circumstances.

Following the individual interview, your application materials will be evaluated by our admissions team, and a decision will be made within two weeks. All decisions are made, and applicants are notified, on a rolling basis.

Please submit additional materials online or mail to:
Cambridge School of Culinary Arts
Attn: Admissions
2020 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02140

Additional Application Information

Attend an Information Session or Schedule a Tour

Learn the ins and outs of our Professional Programs. Join our admissions staff for an introduction to each program, an overview of the application process, and answers to your most pressing questions. Learn about labs, seminars, student events, and career placement support. Alumni and instructors will be available to talk about “a day in the life” of a CSCA student and help you envision your culinary future.

We also regular Open Houses that allow you to get to know our school in a casual, comfortable setting.

Academic Schedule

Flexible scheduling is a unique feature of the Culinary Certificate Program and Professional Chef’s Program and allows students to work while attending school. A unique combination of lectures, hands-on lab instruction, and seminars provide an intense culinary education in a condensed time frame. Select an academic calendar that best suits your schedule.

Tuition and Fees

All students in the Certificate and Professional Programs may select the tuition payment plan that best serves their needs. Tuition can be paid in full, half, or on a quarterly basis. CSCA is not a Title IV school and not eligible for federally subsidized loans. Students should contact our admissions office for information about payment plans and assistance.

Veteran Applicants

Applicants who believe they may be eligible to receive VA educational benefits should complete the application process through the VA to determine eligibility by visiting or We ask eligible students to bring all documentation in accordance with eligibility to your admissions interview.

Any student who receives funding from a third party is responsible for any remaining balance not covered under eligibility through the third party.

Nonimmigrant Applicants

CSCA is approved for attendance of nonimmigrant (M-1) students. Admissions requirements and procedures are the same as those for students who are citizens of the U.S., with the following exceptions:

1) Once accepted, students are eligible for admission into the U.S. only if a Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status for Vocational Students (I-20 M-N) is completed and properly endorsed by the official designated by CSCA. Accepted students should apply to the American consulate in their country for visas available to students.

2) Documentary evidence of the student’s financial ability as required is included.

Foreign applicants must be fluent in English. A standardized admissions test or TOEFL may be used at the discretion of the admissions office.

Please note: International students residing either outside or inside of the USA must submit a completed application for the Professional Chef’s Program, Professional Pastry Program, Culinary Certificate Program, or the Certificate Pastry Program at least 60 days before the class start dates for each term.


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