Key Dates and Deadlines
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.
|Early Action Deadline*||January 15, 2019|
|Priority Deadline 1||March 1, 2019|
|Priority Deadline 2||May 15, 2019|
|Final Deadline||July 5, 2019
August 15, 2019
*The Early Action deadline is a non-binding deadline for applicants.
Applicants will receive an email from the admissions team acknowledging receipt of their application within 24 hours. This email will include an update on any documents or required information that may still be outstanding.
The admissions committee reviews and processes applications on a “rolling basis.” This means that applications are considered throughout the year as long as space is available. Applicants whose documentation is complete generally receive an admissions decision within two weeks of their interview.
Required application materials include:
If you are applying to our MA in Art Business or MA in Arts Management programs, you submit your application via the Sotheby’s Institute of Art application. You are not required to submit an additional application to CGU directly.
The application fee is non-refundable.
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.
International applicants are advised to review the International Transcript Guidelines for additional information on submitting international transcripts.
Copies of official transcripts should be mailed to:
Sotheby’s Institute of Art – Los Angeles
c/o Jodi James
Claremont Graduate University
1017 N. Dartmouth Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711
Applicants must submit a copy of their resume.
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, 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.
Program-specific Application requirements
Unless otherwise noted in the program-specific instructions, please follow these guidelines when writing your statement of purpose:
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.
Letters should come from individuals competent to judge the candidate’s probable success in graduate coursework.These letters are usually from individuals the candidate knows well including former professors, mentors, supervisors or those who can give an in-depth evaluation of the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses in regard to his or her preparedness for graduate study. All applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation. A third is recommended, but not required.
All applicants that are invited for an interview will be notified via email. Interviews are required for admission. It is highly recommended that applicants conduct their interviews on the CGU campus or at SIA-NY or London. However, special accommodations will be made for applicants who must interview over the telephone or via Skype.
Applicants are asked to provide a writing sample that demonstrates the best of the candidate’s written and cognitive abilities. The writing sample helps the Admission Committee understand how a prospective student develops ideas, creates a theme or a position, communicates and defends the work in writing. Please submit one of the following:
- A graded paper of no fewer than 1000 words from an undergraduate or graduate course, completed within the last 5 years. These may be course papers, published articles, professional reports, or other materials that exhibit the candidate’s capacity for written communication. An emphasis on business, performing/visual art, or communications is preferred.
- A 500-word original review of a current performance or visual art exhibition (modeled on a standard newspaper or magazine review). Please address some or all of the following: analysis of the work, information on the artist and his/her career, profile of the organization hosting the piece.