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.
|Round 1: Early Admissions||December 1, 2017*|
|Round 2: Priority Deadline||February 1, 2018|
|Round 3||April 1, 2018|
|Round 4||June 1, 2018|
|Final Deadline||July 2, 2018|
August 15, 2018
*The Early Admissions deadline is a non-binding deadline for applicants whose first choice is the Drucker MBA program.
- You must hold a U.S. equivalent bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
- Three years of work experience is recommended but not required. The Admission Committee weighs the quality of work experience more heavily than the quantity. Direct management experience is preferred, but not required.
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
University Application Requirements
This application is part of the ApplyYourself Application Network. You will create a Username and Password so that you can return to work on your application over several sessions. Your information is transmitted through a secured server and is kept confidential until you submit your application. Only after you submit your application will it be available for review by our admissions 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. 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.
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
GMAT or GRE examination scores are required. Scores must be dated within the past five years. Request that an official GMAT or GRE score be sent to admissions directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS). Information on examination waivers can be found below.
Scores must be sent directly to CGU by the testing agency.
CGU’s school codes:
ETS (GRE and TOEFL) 4053
For the Drucker MBA program, an applicant may be eligible to receive a waiver of the GMAT/GRE examination requirement if any of the following circumstances apply:
- A bachelor of science degree in finance, accounting, business analytics or STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics)
- The equivalent of 4 units of undergraduate or graduate courses in statistics or calculus with a grade of B+ or better at an accredited institution
- An official score in the 50th percentile or higher on a test that assesses quantitative skills such as MCAT, PCAT, DAT, or OAT
- Students, or alumni, who graduated in the past five years from a partner institution (the Claremont Colleges, Southwestern Law School, Art Center College of Design)
- Five years or more of professional work experience with a strong quantitative component
- A licensed CPA, CFA, CMA or Professional Engineer designation
To request a waiver, please send the applicable information to firstname.lastname@example.org at the time you have begun an application for admission.
(Essay – 500 words maximum) Why is pursuing this degree important to you? What is your immediate short-term goal following the completion of your degree? What measures would you put in place to ensure that you achieve your short-term goal?
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. For programs requiring two letters of recommendation, you are welcome to enter an optional third reference.
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.
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 you 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.
- 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.
After an initial review of your application to the program, you may be invited to interview with the program faculty.