Prospective Student/Applicant FAQ


Academic & Program Information

What is the difference between the Art Business program and the Arts Management program at CGU?

Choosing between the Art Business and Arts Management program depends on the student's career goals or aspirations.

Art Business focuses on the visual arts with an emphasis on the for-profit side of the industry and the institutions that manage, conserve, exhibit, promote and sell works of art. Students who pursue a degree in Art Business typically work in art galleries, auction houses, museums, exhibition spaces and other art enterprises. Art Business students tend to be entrepreneurial and many start their own innovative art businesses.

Arts Management focuses on all aspects of the arts (theater and dance, arts education, arts organizations, etc.) culture, and policy. The program also has a focus on management and the non-profit side of the arts. Students who pursue a degree in Arts Management manage and build art organizations; work in art education and policy; cultural organizations; etc.


Why did CGU and SIA develop this joint program?

Sotheby's Institute of Art and Claremont Graduate University created a groundbreaking partnership establishing a new master's degree in Art Business to align with the Drucker School's strategy on the creative industries. The partnership will blend a deep understanding of art and its markets with business and management knowledge and application. The visual arts, as part of the creative industries, require managerial and leadership skills and insight that blend creative talent with rigorous business fundamentals.


How is this program the same as/different from the Art Business programs offered in NY and London? Which one is better for me?

The Drucker/SIA collaborative program brings together the strengths of the two partners: a premier management program with the resources of a comprehensive university and The Claremont Colleges; a distinguished institute of the arts which brings over 40 years of experience in graduate art education, with its partnership with Sotheby's auction house, a large alumni network and extensive links in the global art world.

The New York and London Art Business programs are exclusively concentrated on the business of the visual arts and students have the opportunity to specialize in diverse areas of the field. Core courses are supplemented by art-related electives such as Art Collection Management, Curating Contemporary Art, Art Finance and Investing, and The Auction Business. The programs provide access to the NYC and London art scenes whereby students interact with a broad spectrum of leaders in the field, including auctioneers, dealers, collectors, consultants, museum directors, curators, and critics.

The LA program offers more depth in business and management education through the Drucker School, proximity to the Los Angeles art world, and opportunity to take courses in a diverse range of disciplines available at CGU including museum studies, archival studies, media studies, arts management, and general management.


What is the format of the courses: how many students will be in my classes? Are the classes offered during the day and evening? In LA or on the CGU campus?

Courses at the Drucker School are typically 3-hour seminar style classes with 20-30 students that run for 7 to 15 weeks. The art business courses will vary in format to include field work and practice-based experiences.

Classes will be offered during the day and early evening on the CGU campus. Some courses may be taught off campus at various locations including downtown LA.


Who are the faculty?

The core business courses will be taught by regular Drucker faculty who have been recognized for their highly quality instruction and student centered teaching. The art business specific courses will be taught by distinguished scholars and art world practitioners. Together, this diverse group of brings a broad range of knowledge and experience to the classroom.


If I go to NY or London for the third semester, what courses will I take? Who will be my advisor? Will I still be a CGU student?

The LA Program Director will advise you on courses in coordination with
NY and London staff and will advise you on completing your capstone
project. You will remain a CGU student and will be enrolled in a concurrent program for the final semester of study.


What does the field study (travel) component add to the academic program?

Field study is an integral part of the program and is required for all students. Regional site visits and visits to events, institutions and sites farther afield are planned by faculty each semester to provide students with opportunities for direct engagement with leaders of the field. These visits offer students direct immersion in a cultural, aesthetic and professional experience and support the Institute’s emphasis on real-world learning; students experience works of art in situ and discuss elements such as production, installation, interpretation and condition, as well as distribution, conservation and related legal issues. Classes are seminar style, with a faculty lecturer or expert leading discussion.

A travel fee of $2750 per semester will be a cost to students in addition to tuition and fees.


What is the Master's Project? When will I choose my topic/project focus?

The Master's Project is both research- and practice-based. Master's projects are problem-solving experiences conducted by individuals or groups of students as the capstone of their academic program. Group projects provide students with a team experience that approximates a future work environment; individual projects provide students with the experience of a consultancy, including evaluation, analysis, client report writing and presentation. Students will plan their capstone Master’s Project in the second semester and complete the project in their third semester.


Can the program be taken on a part-time basis?

The current design of the degree and curriculum is a full-time, three semester program of study.


Can I work while attending the program?

The fall and spring semesters are full-time, requiring a 16 credit course load and numerous site visits as well as group travel. It is strongly recommended that students do not work during the academic semesters. However, the spring semester ends in early May and the fall semester begins in early September, permitting students four months during the summer to pursue internships or employment. Program staff will coordinate internship possibilities but placement is not guaranteed.


What is the Institute’s/CGU’s track record on job-placement? Who will help me find a job when I am finished with my studies?

Art business is new to CGU, but MBA students have about a 75% job placement three months after completion. This is similar to historic placement rates for Art Business graduates of Sotheby’s Institute of Art. The Drucker School has a professional career service, see:


Does the program take students in the Fall and Spring semesters?

Students matriculate (start) in the fall semester only. We do not accept applications for the spring semester.


What is the cost of attending?

Tuition per semester: $27, 856
Student fees per semester  
CGU Student fee: $175
Technology fee $75
Study Travel fee**  
Per semester: $2,750

** The MA Art Business requires travel that may include visits to galleries, special collections, art fairs and art-related events including destinations abroad.

Estimated living expenses per semester can be found by following the link below:

The estimated cost of living expenses is set by CGU as recommended by the U.S. Department of Education.


Are Financial Aid and/or fellowships available?

Fellowships are awarded to select candidates on the recommendation of the Admissions Committee and the faculty and are based on merit. Fellowships are awarded in the form of a percentage tuition reduction.

Visit the CGU webpage for complete information on available sources of aid and the process for applying.

US citizens must complete the online FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). International students are not required to file the FAFSA. Visit the website above for more information.


Is Housing available?

Yes. We understand that as a graduate student, academic success is the highest priority. We want you to understand that the quality of your living environment impacts your academic success. The CGU Apartments offer a living environment conducive to that success. The complex is quiet enough that it will allow you to focus on your academics, yet vibrant enough that you will have opportunities for fun while living in our community. For more information see:

For students wishing to live in downtown Los Angeles, there is a Metro stop in Claremont (a five minute walk to campus) and the commute to Union Station takes about 45 minutes. See:


Admissions Information

What is the application process?

Applications should be submitted online.

Now accepting applications for 2015.


Criteria for Admissions Decisions?

Criteria for admissions include the high probability of the student’s success in graduate study and their potential to thrive in subsequent professional careers following graduation. In keeping with the philosophy of Claremont Graduate University and Sotheby’s Institute of Art, the admission decision is individualized and based on a wide range of information about the applicant, rather than on rigid, preselected criteria.

Evaluation of an applicant’s ability to pursue graduate study is based on several kinds of evidence:
  • Quality of previous undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate work. CGU requires applicants to submit proof of a completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. The school also requires a minimum standard of a B average in undergraduate coursework (3.0 on a 4.0 scale). Applicants with international credentials must submit academic records in both their original language and literal English translation.
  • Strength of resume or curriculum vitae. Candidates are required to submit a resume as part of the application.
  • Candidate’s personal statement of his or her academic career objectives and their relation to the intended program of study. The personal statement allows the faculty to gauge whether the candidate’s research will thrive with the goals of the department and greater University.
  • Strength of letters of recommendations from individuals competent to judge the candidate’s probable success in graduate coursework. These letters are usually from individuals the candidate knows well including former professors, mentors, supervisors or those who can give an in-depth evaluation of the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses in regard to his or her preparedness for graduate study.
  • Interviews. All applicants who are invited for an interview will be notified via email. Interviews are required for admission. It is highly recommended that applicants conduct their interviews on the CGU campus or at SIA-NY or London. However, special accommodations will be made for applicants who must interview over the telephone or via Skype.
  • Scores on nationally standardized examinations. Applicants to the Art Business degree may choose to submit scores for the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE).  This score is preferred, not required, and there is no minimum test score requirement.  The Admissions Committee considers test scores as one among multiple areas to determine the strength of an applicant. As listed on the ETS website, CGU’s institution code is 4053. All scores are sent directly to the main admissions office regardless of the department code selected.
  • Other evidence of potential success in graduate studies. Candidates may submit additional materials that they think are relevant to their application to CGU.


International Candidates and TOEFL/IELTS requirements?

To learn more about Claremont Graduate University's TOEFL and IELTS requirement, click here.

Students who score below 600 on the paper-based test, 250 on the computer-based test, and 100 on the internet-based test may be required to participate in the Drucker International Fellows Program. All non-native english-speaking international students are eligible to join the International Fellows Program.
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