The Claremont Graduate Scholars Program is a combined bachelors to master’s program that offers you significant benefits in starting a graduate degree program while completing your undergraduate studies.

The unique relationship between Claremont Graduate University and the five Claremont Colleges* allows students to earn graduate-level credit during their senior undergraduate year. The Graduate Scholars Program is designed to allow undergraduate students to begin work toward the master’s requirements simultaneously with the completion of their undergraduate degrees.

Up to 16 units of transferable credit can be earned upon admission to one of our master’s degree programs (listed below). Students should apply to the program as early as possible, usually in their junior year. This allows coordination in course planning between the student, the CGU school or department, and the undergraduate advisor.

Regardless of your career path, a graduate degree can open many doors and enhance professional options.

Benefits
  • Earn an MA, MS, MPH, or a California Preliminary Teaching Credential on an accelerated timeline
  • Save as much as a semester’s worth of tuition
  • Maintain continuity with faculty and research facilities
  • Avoid the requirement to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)**
  • Gain a competitive edge in the marketplace and increase your earning potential
  • Eligible for a minimum fellowship award of $5,000 per semester based on 12 units of enrollment.

*The Claremont Graduate Scholars program option is only available to undergraduate students at Pomona, Scripps, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, and SOKA. Certain degree options may not reduce the length in time needed to complete the master’s degree but will still allow for overall unit reductions.

**Some programs still require an examination score with the application. Please contact your admissions representative.

Accelerated Degree Programs