Massachusetts Culinary Schools

Culinary Schools in Massachusetts
Total Schools:
11
Undergraduate Programs:
11
Graduate Programs:
1
Average Acceptance Rate:
56%
Average Tuition Cost:
$12,282
Average Loan Amount:
$5,723
Average Scholarship Award:
$4,732
Average Classroom Size:
20 Students

Massachusetts, one of the most densely populated states in New England, offers plenty of dining options to residents and tourists. Like other New England states, Massachusetts offers chefs access to fresh, delicious seafood on a daily basis. You may find more restaurants in Massachusetts' largest cities, which include Boston, Worcester, and Springfield. Some of the finest restaurants in Massachusetts are Area Four, Bergamot, and Journeyman.

The cost of living in Massachusetts is about 38% higher than the national average. However, it is important to keep in mind that salaries tend to be higher as well. In fact, the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that the median household income in Massachusetts is about $13,000 above the national average.

School Information: 

Massachusetts is home to 11 different culinary schools, many of which are located in or close to Boston. The average tuition cost in Massachusetts is $12,282, although tuition can cost as little as $600 at North Shore Community College. Many students are awarded scholarships, leading to an average scholarship award of $4,732. An average acceptance rate of 56% means that you have a good chance of getting into the school of your choice with a strong application.

You may have to choose whether you want a certificate or Associate's degree. A certificate can generally be completed in one year or less, while an Associate's degree can generally be earned with two years of full-time study.

Culinary programs in Massachusetts are meant to give you a thorough education in every part of working as a chef. This includes perfecting mundane tasks like prepping vegetables for dinner service as well as more lofty tasks like planning menus and doing food pairings. Your program will start with the simpler tasks, since you will need to be fast and accurate to get hired by a kitchen.

If you plan on one day opening your own restaurant, you may want to take courses that can help you achieve that. Some schools allow you to take business and management courses on top of your culinary courses.

Employment Information: 

One of the best parts of earning a culinary degree is the variety of ways in which you can use it. Far and away, restaurants are the largest employers of chefs. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 46% of working chefs work in restaurants. Other choices for culinary graduates include working as a private chef or working for a catering company. Overall, some of the largest culinary employers in Massachusetts include Smith & Wollensky, HARU, and LSG Sky Chefs.

If working for yourself seems like something you want to pursue, there are two main paths to follow. You can start a catering company or open your own restaurant.

In Massachusetts, you do not need a license or certificate to work as a chef or cook. This means that you can start your career immediately after earning your degree or certificate. While there are no certification requirements, you may choose to pursue American Culinary Federation certification. This option can demonstrate your expertise in one or multiple areas.

As a chef, your salary is influenced by a number of factors. Chefs with more experience and seniority tend to earn more money than newer chefs, and the type of restaurant you work in also plays a factor.

The average salary for a Massachusetts cook is $27,400 per year (O*Net, 2012). Chefs in Massachusetts earn an average salary of $52,000 per year (O*Net, 2012).

The outlook for chefs and cooks in Massachusetts fluctuates based on what job title you have. While the demand for chefs is not expected to change significantly between 2010 and 2020, the demand for cooks is expected to grow by 9% in the same time frame (O*Net, 2010).

Massachusetts Culinary Schools
(Pittsfield,
MA)
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
$624 Tuition Cost
$540 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Rural Campus Setting
(Boston,
MA)
• Culinary Arts
$42,400 Tuition Cost
$22,614 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Urban Campus Setting
(Springfield,
MA)
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
• Urban Campus Setting
(Fall River,
MA)
• Culinary Arts
$576 Tuition Cost
$805 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Suburban Campus Setting
(Boston,
MA)
• Baking and Pastry Arts
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
$576 Tuition Cost
$1,776 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Urban Campus Setting
(Holyoke,
MA)
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
$3,384 Tuition Cost
$516 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Suburban Campus Setting
(Cambridge,
MA)
• Baking and Pastry Arts
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
$15,768 Tuition Cost
$3,290 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Urban Campus Setting
(Brockton,
MA)
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
$576 Tuition Cost
$333 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Suburban Campus Setting
(Brookline,
MA)
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
• Culinary Arts
$26,750 Tuition Cost
$11,737 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Suburban Campus Setting
(Danvers,
MA)
• Culinary Arts
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
$600 Tuition Cost
$978 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Suburban Campus Setting
(West Boylston,
MA)
• Culinary Arts and Chef Training
• Suburban Campus Setting