Thank you for your interest in applying to Claremont Graduate University. Please refer to the following instructions as you work on your online application. The online application is part of the ApplyYourself Application Network. When starting your application, you will either fill out the account creation form to create a username and password for your application, or utilize the username that was assigned to you (typically your email address) if you previously requested information from Claremont Graduate Univerisity or attended an admissions event.
The online application form is intended for use by new applicants who are seeking a degree or certificate from Claremont Graduate University. It is not intended for use by currently enrolled students.
Students enrolled at CGU who wish to apply to another degree program should visit www.cgu.edu/records for instructions and the forms to receive academic approval to begin another program. This presumes that there will be no lapse of enrollment from one semester to the next (with the exception of the summer semester).
Please refer to our International Student webpage at www.cgu.edu/international for information and specific requirements for international applicants. You may also contact our staff in the International Student and Scholar Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1 909.607.0434.
Alumni who have received a degree from CGU more than one semester ago (with the exception of the summer semester) and are seeking admission to another degree/program should begin by completing the online Application for Admissions form. We will work with your proposed academic department to advise you on additional supporting documentation needed. Please note the CGU retains former student files for five years after the completion of a degree. Alumni seeking coursework for enrichment purposes (not working towards a degree) should complete the alumni registration form.
Please provide your complete personal information in this section (international applicants without a U.S. Social Security Number may leave that line blank).
Please provide an active email and mailing address where you intend to receive information regarding your application status. If your email, mailing, or permanent addresses change at any time during the application process, please notify us at email@example.com so we can update your record.
If you have previously applied to or graduated from CGU, please indicate so in this section. Please indicate the semester and year for which you would like your application to be considered, as well as the degree type and specific program/degree of study to which you are applying. For a complete list of academic departments and degrees offered, please refer to the CGU website at www.cgu.edu/degrees.
BA/MA 4+1 Applicants
Please indicate the Claremont Colleges school with which you are affiliated. Please visit www.cgu.edu/bama for more information on the BA/MA 4+1 program.
Single Degree Applicants
Please indicate the CGU program for which your would like to be considered.
Joint Degree Programs (with other institutions)
Applicants who wish to pursue an established joint degree program with an outside institution will have their file reviewed by each university. You will be notified of the admission decisions jointly. You are encouraged to visit www.cgu.edu/jointdoc to ensure that you are following the correct application procedures for your program of interest.
Dual Degree Applicants
This section should be completed by applicants who wish to pursue two CGU degrees concurrently. It is strongly recommended that you speak with each academic department of interest prior to applying. Your file will be reviewed by each academic department and you will be notified of the decisions jointly.
Interfield Ph.D. Applicants
Those interested in a single Ph.D. degree with two combined areas of study should complete this section. In an interfield degree, the first area of study listed is the "major" field and the second area is the "minor."
List all undergraduate and graduate institutions from which you earned a degree or transferred units towards a degree. You must use the "Look Up" function to locate your university. As noted in the “Look Up” function instructions, if your school is not located through the search function, type “NO” into the State field, and search again. Towards the top of the window, you will see the 999999 generic code. Click on this link. You will then be able type in the name of your school in the text field. You should use this method only if your school is not found.
If you attended a university but subsequently transferred to another institution, please list the degree status as "Transferred from." For those from which you took courses but did not earn a degree, please indicate "Did not complete." If you do not have enough space to list all of your schools, please indicate only the ones from which you earned degrees, but make sure to request that transcripts from ALL schools you attended be sent to us.
Please request that each college or university send a sealed official transcript to you to submit with your other application materials. If you have not yet completed your current degree, please request an in-progress official copy from that institution.
Unofficial (unsealed) or student copies are not acceptable.
International students, please include any English language studies you have completed.
Transcripts that are not in English must be accompanied by an official, professionally translated copy. Please ensure these translations are submitted in sealed envelopes issued directly from the translation service.
International students may wish to obtain additional degree verifications in sealed envelopes. Please see www.cgu.edu/international for “Additional Transcript Guidelines.”
All applicants must submit scores from the general section of the GRE; please note variations/exceptions below. Applicants requesting institutional fellowships should take all necessary tests in time for the results to be received by CGU prior to the priority dates for completed applications.
1. Art, Art Business, Arts Management, Executive Management and Teacher Education applicants are not required to submit a GRE/GMAT score.
2. Economics, Financial Engineering, Human Resource Management, Information Systems and Technology, Management, and Politics and Policy degree program applicants must submit either GRE or GMAT scores.
3. The GRE subject section test is recommended but not required for applicants to the Economics and Psychology programs. Subject tests are recommended in addition to, but not in place of, the GRE General test.
4. Applicants to the School of Community and Global Health may submit MCAT scores in place of the GRE.
Scores must be sent directly to CGU by the testing agency. Scores more than five years old will not be considered by CGU to meet the admission requirements. For GRE testing information, refer to www.gre.org. For GMAT testing information, refer to www.mba.com or call 800-717-4628. Please refer to the Test Score guidelines page for the most current information regarding CGU's institutional codes for score reporting.
TOEFL or IELTS scores are required of all applicants who meet all the following criteria:
Whose native language is not English;
Who are not citizens or permanent residents of countries where English is the sole official language of instruction, e.g., Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Canada (except Québec), England, Ghana, Ireland, India, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad, Tobago, Uganda, and Wales (see the CGU Bulletin for a complete list of accepted countries); and
Who do not hold an undergraduate or advanced degree, or will not have earned such a degree prior to enrolling at CGU, from an institution in the U.S. or in countries where English is the sole official language of instruction (see above).
Scores must be sent directly to CGU from the testing agency. Scores more than two years old are not accepted. CGU's school code for the TOEFL exam is 4053.
CBEST and CSET
The CBEST is required for all Teacher Education applicants. Please send a copy of your personal CBEST scores with your application materials. Additionally, applicants who have passed the appropriate CSET examination or who have a subject matter waiver letter in the area for which they are seeking their credential should submit these scores to CGU. If you have not yet passed the CSET examination, please provide proof of registration for an upcoming test with your supplementary materials.
We ask that you please provide the information in the Applicant Survey section. Your response is voluntary and confidential and will only be used for statistical purposes. It will not affect the status of your application.
Please indicate if you will be receiving tuition sponsorship from any outside agency, company, or other organization.
The Office of Financial Aid can assist U.S. citizens and permanent residents in the application process for federal and private loans, as well as Federal Work Study. Visit www.cgu.edu/studentfinancing for additional information. In order to be considered for federal financial aid (loans and work-study) you must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA can be completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. CGU's institutional code for the FAFSA is G01169.
Transcripts - see details under Previous Education section Recommendations - see details under Recommendations section Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)*
Please submit a current resume listing the names of your employers and nature of your work. Also include awards received, association memberships, computer literacy, and language competencies. *In certain academic fields, a CV is acceptable in lieu of a resume. Please check with your prospective academic department.
Please include professional experience and full- or part-time work, accounting for all time periods since graduating high school and including details about compensation and the nature and extent of responsibilities.
Executive Management applicants
Your resume should include a description of duties and responsibilities reflecting mid- to senior-level management experience, including number of direct reports, current salary, and nature of business.
Statement of Purpose
The statement of purpose is an important part of your application. It is your opportunity to provide information about your background, interests, and aspirations, and how they relate to your proposed academic program.
Unless otherwise noted in the department-specific instructions for the statement of purpose listed below, please follow these guidelines when writing your statement of purpose:
Please submit a 2-3 page statement of purpose that details your academic and/or professional achievements, your specific areas of interest within your desired field of study, why you are a strong candidate for graduate studies at CGU, and your career goals.
Department-specific instructions for the statement of purpose If the program you are applying to is listed below, please refer to these instructions for the statement of purpose in lieu of the 2-3 page statement described above.
Provide a one-page artist statement (no longer than 500 words) in lieu of the 2-3 page statement of purpose (please see Additional Department-Specific Instructions below).
Write a 5-page, double-spaced statement of purpose that addresses the following questions:
1. Who are you?
2. What is your research interest?
3. Why are you pursuing this graduate degree?
4. What is your professional and academic background?
5. Why CGU?
6. Why the School of Educational Studies?
Write a 3-5 page statement detailing why you wish to obtain your desired degree or certificate, what you hope to gain from your experience at the Drucker School, your goals, and what you feel you can contribute to the classroom.
Human Resource Management
Include in your 2-3 page statement of purpose (see instructions above) descriptions of relevant research and work experience in applied settings.
MBA All applicants are required to answer the following 2 essay questions in their statement of purpose:
Personal Statement (500 words maximum): Why is pursuing a Drucker MBA important to you? What is your immediate short-term goal following the completion of the Drucker MBA? What measures would you put in place to ensure that you achieve your short-term goal?
Creative Essay (Complete one of the following): Option 1:Written Essay (750 words maximum)
At the Drucker School, creativity and innovation are at the core of what we teach. We pride ourselves on giving our students the tools and knowledge they need to find creative solutions to management problems. With this in mind, discuss a time when you used creativity and innovation in your personal and professional life to solve a problem, create change, or make an impact within an organization, group, or team.
Option 2: Visual Essay
Develop a visual representation of who ou are personally and professionally. The visual(s) should depict your career aspirations and demonstrate how the Drucker MBA will help you achieve your career goals.
The content you provide for the visual essay is your choice; please submit your essay in one of the following formats: PowerPoint, Word Doc, PDF, video link, or an image file.
You must submit your presentation in one of the following formats: PowerPoint, Word Doc, PDF, or an image file.
If you choose to provide a video link, there is a 5 minute limit. If you choose to submit a video link, please paste the URL of the video into a Word Doc and upload that document in the Supporting Document section of the online application.
If you choose to provide a PowerPoint presentation, there is a 5 slide limit. You may choose to include notes in any slides or with any images. All presentations will be printed and reviewed in detail.
The presentation will be evaluated on the quality of content (self-reflection and ideas) and your ability to convey your ideas, not on technical expertise or design elements.
Financial Engineering Write a 3-5 page statement answering the following:
1. Why is admission to the MSFE program important to you?
2. What special contributions do you believe you will make to Claremont Graduate University?
3. Describe an ethical dilemma you have encountered and the process by which you resolved the situation.
Include in your 2-3 page statement of purpose (see instructions above) details of special training, travel, exhibitions, or performances of particular note.
Include in your 2-3 page statement of purpose (see instructions above) descriptions of relevant research and work experience in applied settings.
Write a 2-3 page statement (typed, double-spaced) addressing the following:
1. Why are you pursuing this program? In what ways do your reasons reflect your personal values and professional goals?
2. What special gifts (intellectual, linguistic, physical or spiritual) or special interests or experiences (athletics, art or music, travel or volunteer work) do you bring with you to the challenge of teaching/working with youth?
3. Please describe in detail your experiences teaching/working with youth.
4. What needs to be done in today's schools that you are personally committed to addressing in your work with youth?
5. Please describe the role that the principles of academic excellence, social justice and integrity have played in your own life and how you would encourage the development of these principles in your work.
Additional Department-Specific Instructions
Art Applicants must electronically upload a portfolio of representative work for evaluation. Portfolios will only be accepted through the online service provided by SlideRoom: www.claremont.slideroom.com. Portfolios should consist of 15 images of recent artwork that represent a cohesive body of work. Performance and/or video artists may submit work that is no longer than 3 minutes in length. Summary educational information, the names of your three references, and a copy of your one-page artist statement will also need to be provided with your SlideRoom portfolio submission.
Applied Women's Studies, Cultural Studies, English, History, Philosophy, Religion programs A writing sample of 20-30 pages of previous work is required.
MBA, Professional MBA, Executive MBA, and Financial Engineering programs A personal interview will be arranged for selected applicants. The Management department will contact you directly regarding an interview, if applicable.
Applicants to degree programs in performance must audition as part of their application process. Auditions are scheduled after an application for admission is submitted. Visit the Music Audition Information page for additional details.
Applicants should provide a list of relevant upper-division undergraduate and/or graduate religion courses taken, including institution, term/year, grade, and a brief content description. Applicants also need to include a list of ancient and modern languages studied, and the reading, writing, and speaking proficiency in each, if this is not already indicated on the application. A writing sample is highly recommended.
Applicants will be contacted for an interview.
CGU's non-refundable application fee is $80. Once you have completed all sections of the application form, you will be directed to remit your application fee by credit card or indicate that you will provide it via check.
Please list two or three non-family references (depending on your program-specific requirements) acquainted with your potential for success who will submit a written recommendation on your behalf. In most academic departments, references from faculty members are preferred; applicants with substantial work experience may request professional references.
The following programs require three letters of recommendation: Art, Applied Women's Studies, Botany, Community and Global Health, Cultural Studies, Economics, Educational Evaluation, Education, English, History, Human Resources Management, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Politics, Economics & Business, Politics & Policy, Public Policy & Evaluation, Psychology, Religion, and Teacher Education.
The following programs require two letters of recommendation: Arts Management, Executive Management, Management (MBA), Financial Engineering, and Information Systems and Technology.
Additional program-specific instructions
Teacher Education applicants: References addressing work experience (paid or unpaid) with children and/or youth are also desirable.
Management (MBA) and Executive Management applicants: Professional references are equally desirable.
You will be required to input information for your recommenders (whether they are submitting online or not) in the Recommendations section. Please follow the directions in this section carefully before clicking on Recommendation Provider List to input the names and contact information for each recommender. You will have an opportunity to indicate if the reference writer will be submitting online. These reference writers will receive an email from CGU with instructions on submitting an online recommendation.
Recommenders who are indicated as offline will not receive an email from CGU with instructions to submit. These reference writers can submit via traditional mail and should use the supplemental New Student Recommendation Form found under Downloadable forms.
Please use this section to ensure that all required questions have been completed before you move to the submission stage. When all required questions have been completed, you will see the Proceed to Submission button. Click on this to remit your application fee and proceed to the final submission page.
You will be able to preview your application in PDF format prior to submission. Please do not send a printed version of your application with your supplementary materials.