4+1 BA/MBA Application Process

About the Application Process

You should apply to the program in your Junior year so that you can begin coursework at CGU in your senior year. Applications are available through the CGU Office of Admission and Records (located in Harper East Hall on Tenth Street between Dartmouth Avenue and College Avenue), on the CGU website as well as through the CGU academic departments.


Helpful Hints About the Application Form

  • Please state on your application that you are applying to CGU for the semester that follows your graduation (that is the semester you will be considered a full CGU student).
  • On the application, there is a place for you to circle your undergraduate campus; this indicates that you are interested in the Accelerated Program.
  • Your application fee is waived because you are a student within the Claremont Consortium.
  • You will need to provide the following documents in with your application:
  • Official (in-progress) Transcripts
  • Official GMAT or GRE scores (waived)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (including at least one from your current academic faculty member)
  • Resume and/or Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Purpose: Personal Statement and Creative Essay
Personal Statement: (Essay - 500 words max)
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
At the Drucker School, creativity and innovation are at the core of what we teach. 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.
Question 2 Guidelines
  • The content and format you provide for the visual essay is your choice; however, you must submit in one of the following formats: PowerPoint, Word Doc, PDF, video link, or an image file.
  • 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.
  • If you choose to provide a video, 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 word document to your online application.
  • All presentations will be printed and notes will be reviewed.
  • 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.
Students complete their online application or submit their applications to the CGU Office of Admission and Records, located in Harper East, on Tenth Street between Dartmouth Avenue and College Avenue. Note: Claremont McKenna students interested in the Robert A. Day 4+1 program (B.A./M.B.A.) should seek advisement from and turn in applications to the Robert A. Day Program, located in Bauer Hall.


All applicants will be invited to an On-Campus interview, however special accomodations can be made for applicants who must interview over the telephone or via Skype. You will receive an official decision letter from the CGU Office of Admission and Records. If you are offered admission, you will also be sent a decision card for you to complete and return. This will confirm your attendance into the program.


Changing from the Master’s to the Doctoral Program

If a student enters the accelerated program and is subsequently admitted to the Ph.D. program in the same field, the upper division undergraduate courses originally counted toward the masters may in turn be counted as part of the units required for the Ph.D. Remaining units must be completed at CGU and have approval of faculty advisors and the dean of the school.


Applying Units to Your MBA Degree

Once you begin the program, you can apply up to 16 units of approved coursework to your master’s degree. Approved courses are usually those which would also fulfill requirements for a bachelor’ degree.

All courses are evaluated on a case-by-case basis by Drucker faculty. Students must maintain of B or better.

For more information about the 4+1 BA/MBA Program application process, contact the MBA Admissions Office at drucker@cgu.edu or call (909) 607-7811.


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