Unique Approach to Leadership
Develop the management and people skills needed to make a difference in the world.
Peter Drucker wrote the landmark book The Practice of Management, and only the Drucker School features this practice-based approach to management and leadership. Marketing, finance, accounting, strategy—yes, of course, you will master the basics. But at the Drucker School, you will also learn your own management style, how to effectively manage teams, and how to lead organizations to be productive and socially responsible. You will learn these skills from renowned educators who have extensive day-to-day business experience in a wide variety of industries.
Our approach stresses the holistic practice of management, and we facilitate this through distinct degrees and courses across disciplines and fields. We offer more than 15 degrees, including full- and part-time MBA, Executive MBA, Financial Engineering, Art Business, Arts Management, and dual MBA-MA/JD/PhD degrees with other CGU schools and partner institutions. Our Center for Supply Chain & Logistics and Information Systems and Technology provide additional opportunities for specialized courses, experiences, and degrees. In short, you can customize your degree to fit your ambitions.
Focus on Creative Organizations
Learn to manage creative and knowledge workers in today’s rapidly changing economy.
Creativity is the primary source of innovation in contemporary society. Creative industries range from software design to entertainment, fashion, and the arts, and they are the single largest growth segment in Los Angeles and California. Peter Drucker coined the term “knowledge worker,” and what we see now is a creative revolution in how this knowledge is applied. Businesses, governments, and nonprofits worldwide need creative managers to lead them into the future.
Only the Drucker School provides a complete set of courses and programs dedicated to the creative economy, creative industries, and creative management practices. You will have the opportunity to take truly unique courses on a range of topics, including Management as Design, Business Law for Creative Industries, Managing in the Creative Economy, Managing High Technology Leadership, Mindfulness, and Self-Management, to name a few. The Drucker School also actively pursues research, internships, and career opportunity areas through its partnership with Sotheby’s Institute of Art.
Inspiring Innovation: Claremont and Los Angeles, California
Study in tree-lined Claremont, while taking full advantage of the cultural, intellectual, and career opportunities of Los Angeles.
Known as the “City of Trees and PhDs,” Claremont enjoys the advantages of proximity to Los Angeles while maintaining an idyllic college environment for study and informal conversation. The Drucker School is situated within the prestigious Claremont Colleges and shares their hallmarks of world-renowned faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, and small, intimate class sizes designed to promote interaction. This setting is designed to inspire innovation, collaboration, and imaginative thinking.
You will also have numerous opportunities to explore the dynamic business environment of Los Angeles, with downtown Los Angeles only 30 minutes away by car and accessible through regular train service. In Fall 2015, Claremont Graduate University opened a location in downtown Los Angeles (DTLA). In this space, we will offer an array of courses and events through our Center for the Management in Creative Industries. Through our Center for Supply Chain Management and Logistics, you will meet Los Angeles leaders in this burgeoning field. All of our courses focus on the practical, in-the-field method of translating theory into practice, and you will have numerous opportunities to work with business innovators throughout LA. Only the Drucker School combines this small town/large city California experience.
We Educate Remarkable Leaders
Since its inception, the Drucker School has been dedicated to helping students achieve remarkable and meaningful careers. Our 4,500 alumni are testament to our success in helping our students find their unique paths in the world, whether in the private business, nonprofit, or government sector.
It is no surprise that one of the pioneers of the “maker movement” is a Drucker alumnus: Mark Hatch, (MBA 1995). Mark and his company, TechShop, specialize in enabling innovations, such as the prototype for the Square credit card reader. Other notable Drucker alumni include Tawni Cranz (EMBA, 2011), Chief Talent Officer for Netflix, and Eugene Young (MBA, 2010), who leads Ryan Seacrest Productions as President. These entrepreneurial and innovative careers are but a few among many. As a Drucker student, you can look forward to creating your own remarkable path.
At Drucker, your journey begins on your first day. We don’t wait until your last semester to “place” you; it begins on Day One. Our Office of Career Development will work closely with you to help you hone in on your interests and strengths and how they influence your career choices. Our professors will provide you with insight both in and outside the classroom. And our Drucker Board of Industry Advisors will provide you mentoring and networking opportunities in many of the leading companies in management, technology, financial services, and related fields. We work with you from the first day to the last (and after!) to enable success on your terms.