Founded in 1925, Claremont Graduate University is America ’s only graduate-only, research-extensive university. Our five graduate schools provide Ph.D.s and masters degrees to about 2200 students in 23 subjects. The CGU community is characterized by unusual diversity, collegiality, and environmental beauty. CGU is one of the seven Claremont Colleges, a consortium built on the Oxford model that The Fiske Guide has called “the most extraordinary assemblage of educational excellence in the nation.” Over two hundred professors from the other Claremont Colleges and from the Claremont School of Theology collaborate in our teaching and research. Our location in Southern California, the most ethnically diverse region in the United States, and alongside one of the fastest-growing areas, the Inland Empire, is a living laboratory for the study of important social trends, problems, and possibilities.
Like other graduate institutions, Claremont Graduate University educates scholars, experts, and leaders and creates new knowledge through research. But CGU is nimble and free from many of the constraints faced by huge research universities. CGU can take distinctive approaches that produce an outsized impact on the world.
Our tradition says, “Follow the problem.” This means that our research and teaching transcend academic boundaries. Our University disregards artificial divides between theory and application. We believe that academic rigor and addressing big questions can go together.
CGU’s first president, James Blaisdell, once said, “The center of a college is in great conversation, and out of the talk of college life springs everything else.”Our tradition values talking and listening across the disciplines, and taking on the big issues of our times. In our seminar rooms and through our research, our University catalyzes great conversations that matter.
“Great conversations that matter” is a metaphor for something special about teaching and research at Claremont Graduate University.
Our graduate-only education takes place through small classes and seminars and close scholarly relationships between students and faculty. Our research aspires to advance knowledge and also to do something more: to convene leaders and scholars to tackle the most important problems facing our region and our world.
Our teaching and research reach across the disciplines and out into the world, enabling the very best professors and graduate students to take topics and fields in new and fruitful directions. We define our research agenda, carry out our research, and consider its implications with diverse partners from government, business, and civil society. In both teaching and research, our trademark is the interchange of ideas—inclusive of diverse points of view and attentive to evidence—to catalyze new ways to address tomorrow’s challenges.
In other words…great conversations that matter.
Each of the five schools of Claremont Graduate University emphasizes these themes.
The Drucker School of Management is carrying forward the legacy of Peter Drucker to address “the responsibility gap,” namely the widespread shortfalls in ethical leadership and effective management in the United States and elsewhere.
The School of Educational Studies emphasizes both social justice and accountability as it educates scholar-activists to transform public education.
The School of Social Science, Policy, and Evaluation is a national leader in evaluation, studying issues from education to health care, from individual well-being to civic engagement.
Students in the Department of Religion learn what it means to be inside a community of faith and also outside that community. We hope that the insider-outsider perspective can advance research and promote religious understanding and tolerance.
The Department of Politics and Economics creates synergies across those two fields to bring fresh perspectives to issues such as religion and politics; the “predictive modeling” of crisis points in the world; trust, collaboration, and “moral markets”; and globalization.
The Center for Information Systems and Technology explores the interfaces between people, information technology, and social progress. The Kay Center for E-Health explores how technology can improve the quality, reduce the risks, and lower the costs of health care, especially for the disabled.
In “theoretical” work in the humanities, disciplinary silos tend to preclude richer understandings of times and places. Our world needs the knowledge, sensitivities, and skills of the arts and humanities. Yet, few graduate schools enable their students to reach across disciplinary boundaries and out into the world. Our School of Arts and Humanities does.
The Institute of Mathematical Sciences has positioned itself to advance areas of national need: computational biology, computational science, and industrial applied mathematics. It has pioneered “clinics,” where students and professors work with businesses or government agencies on problems of practical importance. The institute spearheads the new Claremont Center for the Mathematical Sciences, which spans all seven of the Claremont Colleges.
CGU’s newest addition, the School of Community and Global Health, addresses the behavioral drivers of and solutions for some of tomorrow’s most challenging health issues.
In 2007 the Board of Trustees’ Long-Range Planning Committee described our mission and vision as follows:
What is our ultimate goal?
CGU’s ultimate goal is to advance knowledge and contribute to a better world.
Who we are:
Claremont Graduate University is an intimate, student-focused center of graduate education that emphasizes a transdisciplinary learning environment and a focus on both applied learning and research in its selected academic fields.
What we do:
CGU prepares diverse students for critical, creative leadership responsibilities in an ever-changing world that requires broad experience and sound judgment.
How we do it:
CGU fulfills its mission through leadership in graduate-level education and innovative research on some of the world’s most pressing problems.