We encourage applications from experienced working professionals interested in promoting accountability and social justice in education—from K-12 to college, from policy-makers to classroom teachers.
CGU operates on a priority deadline cycle. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit complete applications by the priority dates in order to assure maximum consideration for both admission and fellowships.
Once the priority deadlines have passed, the University will continue to review applications for qualified candidates on a competitive, space-available basis. The final deadlines listed are the last date the University can accept an application in order to allow sufficient time to complete the admissions, financial aid, and other enrollment processes.
Priority Deadline Dates
Priority Deadline: November 1, 2016
Final deadlines: December 1, 2016 (international applicants), January 1, 2017 (domestic applicants).
Priority Deadline: March 1, 2017
Final deadlines: April 1, 2017 (international applicants), May 1, 2017 (domestic applicants).
Priority Deadline: February 1, 2017.
Final deadlines: July 1, 2017 (international applicants), August 15, 2017 (domestic applicants).
PhD/MA Admissions Information
Criteria for admission to the CGU programs in education include the probability of success in graduate study and future teaching, research, or professional careers, as well as the capacity to profit from the resources of the faculty of Claremont Graduate University.
The admission decision is based on an array of information rather than a rigid, pre-selected criteria. A complete application includes:
Official transcripts from all graduate and undergraduate universities
Three references from individuals qualified to evaluate the applicant's academic performance
Official GRE scores taken within the last five years
(Claremont Graduate University school code = 4053)
Résumé or curriculum vitae
A five page, double spaced personal statement that answers 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?
Faculty in Education carefully review the application materials for evidence of promise and for compatibility of applicant interests with areas of specialization within the school.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; however, there are priority deadlines for those who wish to be considered for fellowship awards. Those admitted early for fall may request to begin course work during the preceding summer session.
***NOTE to prospective students interested in Special Education:
This is one of our smallest and yet best known emphasis areas and there is far more demand for this program than we are able to accommodate. We are presently at our enrollment limit in Special Education and have suspended admissions to this emphasis area. We look forward to reopening admissions to Special Education in a future semester. In the meantime, however, we encourage you to consider applying to one of our other emphasis areas. These include Teaching, Learning, and Culture; Urban Leadership; and Higher Education.