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.
Priority Deadline – November 1, 2023
Final Deadline (International) – November 15, 2023
Final Deadline (Domestic) – December 1, 2023
Classes begin – January 16, 2024
Priority Deadline – February 1, 2024
Final Deadline (International) – July 5, 2024
Final Deadline (Domestic) – August 15, 2024
Classes begin – August 26, 2024
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For priority admission and fellowship consideration, applications should be submitted by the priority deadlines.
All supporting documents should be sent to Claremont Graduate University at the following address:
CGU Office of Admissions
150 E. 10th Street
Claremont, CA 91711
Application materials, including electronic transcripts, can also be sent via email to email@example.com.
University Application Requirements
The Claremont Graduate University online application is hosted online by Slate Technolutions via a secure web server. You will create a username and password so that you can return to continue your application over several sessions and check your status after submission. After you submit your application, it is made available for review by our faculty and staff.
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. Electronic transcripts sent to firstname.lastname@example.org are also accepted. For undergraduate coursework, applicants are required to submit proof of a completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Unofficial copies of transcripts are accepted for review purposes, but official copies will be required upon admission.
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.
Applicants must submit a copy of their resume.
A valid score on one of the following examinations TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson PTE scores is required of all non-native English-speaking applicants. The examination is not required for the following applicants:
- Citizens or permanent residents of countries where English is the sole official language of instruction, e.g., Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Canada (except Quebec), 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).
- Applicants who hold an undergraduate or advanced degree, or will have earned such a degree prior to enrolling at CGU, from an institution in the US or in countries where English is the sole official language of instruction (see above).
- Applicants who have successfully completed an academic English pre-master’s or intensive graduate bridge program from a nationally recognized, regionally accredited four-year college or university in the United States in the last two years, with submitted evidence of successful completion, and subject to curriculum approval.
CGU’s school code for the TOEFL exam is 4053.
International applicants are encouraged to visit our International Applicants page for more information, including score requirements.
Program-specific Application requirements
Standardized test scores are not required in order to apply for this program. Applicants who have taken the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test are invited to submit scores, but are not required to do so.
Applicants who feel that their Grade Point Averages do not adequately represent their ability to succeed in a graduate program may find it helpful to submit GRE scores for consideration.
CGU’s school code:
ETS (GRE and TOEFL) 4053
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.
When filling out the online application, please enter references acquainted with your potential for success who will submit a written recommendation on your behalf. In most academic departments, references from faculty members who can speak to your academic ability are preferred; applicants with substantial work experience may request professional references. Please do not enter family members as references.
You will be required to input information for your recommenders (whether they are submitting online or not) in the “Recommendations” section of the online application. Please follow the directions in this section carefully before clicking on “Recommendation Provider List” to input the names and contact information for each recommender. You will have an opportunity to indicate if the reference writer will be submitting online. These reference writers will receive an email from CGU with instructions on submitting an online recommendation.
Recommenders who are indicated as offline will not receive an email from CGU with instructions to submit. These reference writers can submit via traditional mail and should use the supplemental New Student Recommendation Form. Recommenders can also email their letter of recommendation to the Office of Admissions at email@example.com.
Applicants to degree programs in performance must audition as part of their application process.
Auditions are not scheduled or considered until an application has been received by the Office of Admission and Records. You will be contacted to schedule your audition by a Music faculty or staff member.
If you are outside the Southern California area please refer to the section at the bottom of this page.
Please note: the requirements for degree programs at CGU are beyond those of the usual music conservatory. Upon completion of our doctoral performance degrees, students must be equipped with an in-depth knowledge of music theory and history, as well as the ability to read two languages other than English. Those languages may include German, French, Italian, or Latin. Spanish may be approved upon request.
- For instrumental performance programs (MA, DMA):
Include works representing three musical periods.
- For vocal performance programs (MA, DMA):
DMA: Minimum of a song or aria in each of the following four languages: English, German, French, and Italian.
MA: Minimum of a song or an aria from three of the following languages: English, German, French, Italian, or Spanish.
- For composition programs (MA, DMA):
Submit a large composition or several smaller works.
- For conducting programs (MA, DMA):
The Music Department will contact you to schedule an audition. Upon request, conducting majors must also submit audition materials in viewable form.
- For musicology programs (MA, PhD):
Submit an appropriate research paper of no fewer than 10 pages.
Applicants outside of Southern California
If travel to CGU is difficult, you may submit a recorded audition rather than appearing in person. The Music Department accepts audition material in the form of CD or DVD. Distance applicants to the conducting program must submit audition material in viewable form (DVD only).
Where to Send Audition Materials
Your audition material should be sent when you send your other application materials. Send audition materials clearly labeled with your name, the name of the program you are applying to, and the semester you are applying to enter to the following address:
Music Department (RE: audition materials)
Claremont Graduate University
925 N. Dartmouth
Claremont, CA 91711