Applicants must submit a sealed, official transcript from every undergraduate and graduate institution that has granted the applicant a degree. For undergraduate coursework, applicants are required to submit proof of a completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
Applicants currently earning a degree that will be completed prior to attending CGU are required to submit a transcript showing work in progress for evaluation purposes. Once the degree has been granted, a final official transcript documenting the degree conferred must be submitted to CGU.
When filling out the online application, please list two or three* non-family references 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, Financial Engineering, Management (MBA), and Information Systems and Technology.
You will be required to input information for your recommenders (whether they are submitting online or not) in the "Recommendations" section of the online application. 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. Recommenders can also email their letter of recommendation to the Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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).
CGU's school code for the TOEFL exam is 4053. For more information about CGU's English Proficiency requirements, click here.