2010-2011 Bulletin 
    Jan 24, 2022  
2010-2011 Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Application Information

Office of Admissions
160 E. Tenth Street
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 621-8069

Application Priority Dates

Applications to CGU are accepted on a rolling basis. However, applicants are advised to be mindful of the following priority deadlines:

Fall Admission:

  • Psychology: January 15th
  • Drucker School of Management
    • Masters of Business Administration & Financial Engineering
      • Early Action: November 1st
      • Round 1: January 15th
      • Round 2: February 1st
      • Round 3: April 1st
    • Executive Management
      • Round 1: April 1st
      • Round 2: June 1st
  • All other academic programs*: February 1st

*The Teacher Education department does not admit to the fall semester.

Spring Admission:

  • Mathematics Joint-Doctoral Program w/CSULB: October 1st
  • All other academic programs**: November 1st

        ** Financial Engineering does not admit to the spring semester.

Summer Admission:

  • April 1st is the priority application date for all academic departments with summer admission.***

*** Math, Art, and Economics do not admit to the summer semester.

Applications received after the dates indicated above will be evaluated on a space-available basis, however, you should note that departments use the priority deadline in determining fellowship aid; if you are planning on applying after the priority deadline and wish to maximize your chances for fellowship aid you may wish to first contact your department directly about submitting an application. 


Fellowships & Deadlines

The CGU academic departments award fellowships, stipends, and assistantships to selected students based on their individual academic merit and/or need. Applicants may direct any questions about fellowships, stipends, and assistantships to the academic department of interest

Departments use the priority deadlines listed above in determining fellowship aid. Applicants are encouraged to submit a completed application by the priority deadline (or the earliest priority deadline for departments with multiple deadlines) to maximize the chance for fellowship aid.

Minority Fellowship Support
CGU provides fellowship funds to award to US citizens and permanent residents who are members of ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in American higher education (American Indian, African American, Asian American, and Latin American/Hispanic). Directions for applying for this fellowship can be found in the Application Packet.


Basis for Admission

Student selection is based on academic potential, without regard to race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, place of national origin, age, or handicap.

Criteria for admission includes the high probability of the student’s success in graduate study and in subsequent teaching, research, or professional careers, and the capacity to profit from the particular type of program available in a given subject area. Academic departments and schools vary somewhat in their criteria. Prospective students are encouraged to discuss specific admission standards with the academic department of interest. In keeping with the philosophy of Claremont Graduate University, the admission decision is individualized and based on a wide range of information about the applicant, rather than on rigid, preselected criteria.

Evaluation of an applicant’s ability to pursue graduate study is based on several kinds of evidence:

  • undergraduate record, particularly in the field chosen for graduate work.
  • academic and professional references.
  • scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), as required.
  • practical experience in the proposed field, as relevant.
  • completed graduate work at another institution, if applicable.

The University grants admission on the basis of faculty review and recommendation.


Application Components

The following items are required for an application to the University to be considered complete:


Applicants must submit a sealed, official transcript from every undergraduate and graduate institution that has granted the applicant a degree. Transcripts for work transferred towards the completion of a degree are not required, but may be asked for at the discretion of the reviewing committee.

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 showing the degree conferred must be submitted to CGU.

Applicants who submit transcripts with a significant number of courses with a pass or credit grade, may be requested to provide additional documentation.

International Students

Transcripts from universities outside of the United States will be evaluated to ensure equivalency to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. Transcripts written in a language other than English must be accompanied by an official certified English translation. Non-Bologna three-year degrees should be supplemented with additional coursework, or a one-year master’s degree. Foreign transcripts that do not state a degree conferral must be accompanied by a degree certification from the degree-granting institution.

It is highly recommended that all international applicants review the Transcript Guidelines to ensure that submitted documents will be acceptable.


Three official reference letters are required and should be submitted by the applicant with all other supporting documents or online directly by the recommendation writer. Reference forms are available in the paper-based application packet online.

How to Submit References

Online applicants should complete the online Recommendation Module and provide the email address of the reference writer. The recommenders will then be contacted via email to submit their references online. Should this method be chosen no paper reference letters will be required.

Applicants who will not have their references submitted online should request that their reference writers seal the reference letter in an envelope, sign over the sealed envelope flap, and return the letter to the applicant. The reference writer’s signature will help ensure confidentiality of the document.

Who Should Submit References

Most academic departments request references from individuals acquainted with the applicant’s academic ability. References from employers may be desirable or required in some professionally-related programs. Applicants are encouraged to provide specific information to their reference writers, which will aid in strengthening the reference. For information regarding the University’s policy on the confidentiality of references, see the “Policies ” section of this Bulletin.

Résumé/Curriculum Vitae (CV)

A current résumé or C.V. is required and should list, at minimum, the last three employers and the nature of your work. Publications, awards received, association memberships, and computer literacy should also be included. For specific instructions for the resume/CV, please refer to the instructions in the application packet.

Personal Statement

The personal statement is the applicant’s opportunity to provide information about his/her background, interests, aspirations, and how they relate to the proposed academic program. For specific instructions for the personal statement, please refer to the Personal Statement instructions in the application packet.

Required Tests

Applicants requesting institutional fellowship should take all necessary tests in time for the results to be received at CGU prior to the priority deadlines (this will be the earliest possible deadline for programs with multiple deadlines).


All applicants must submit scores from the general section of the GRE; please note variations/exceptions below.


1)  Art, Executive Management, and Teacher Education applicants are not required to submit the GRE/GMAT. Teacher Education applicants must submit the CBEST & CSET (please see below).
2)  All Economics, Financial Engineering, Human Resources Design, Information Systems & Technology, and Politics and Policy degree applicants must submit either GRE or GMAT scores.
3)  The GRE subject section is recommended but not required for applicants to Economics and Psychology. Subject tests are recommended in addition to, but not in place of, the GRE general test.
4)  All Management applicants must submit GMAT scores, not GRE scores.
5)  Applicants to the School of Community & Global Health may submit MCAT scores in place of the GRE.

Scores must be sent directly to CGU by the testing agency. Scores more than five years old will not be considered by
CGU to meet the admission requirements. For GRE testing information, refer to www.gre.org. CGU’s institutional code for the GRE is 4053. For GMAT testing information, refer to www.mba.com or call 1-800-717-4628. 


The CBEST is required for all Teacher Education applicants. A personal copy of CBEST scores may be sent with supplmentary application materials. Additionally, applicants who have passed the appropriate CSET examination or who have a subject matter waiver letter in the area for which they are seeking their credential, should submit these scores to CGU. Applicants who have not yet passed the CSET examination, should provide proof of registration for an upcoming test with their supplementary materials.


All applicants whose native language is not English and who do not hold a degree (or will not have earned a degree prior to enrolling at CGU) from a US college or university must submit either TOEFL or IELTS scores. Scores must be sent to CGU directly by the testing agency. Please remember that your scores cannot be older than 2 years at the time of application.

A minimum TOEFL score of 80 iBT, 213 CBT, or 550 paper-based is required for admission to CGU. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is necessary for admission. NOTE:  Admitted students who score below 100 iBT, 250 CBT, or 600 paper-based on the TOEFL (or below a 7.5 on the IELTS) will be required to enroll in the Global Communications Class in their first semester or complete the summer Academic Writing & Speaking Program (please see below).

Applicants with permanent resident status or American citizens whose native language is not English may be required to take the TOEFL at the discretion of the reviewing committee. If admitted, they may also be required to take the Global Communications course, a non-credit English course, during their first semester of enrollment. Separate enrollment fees associated with this course are available online at www.cgu.edu/studentaccounts.

Global Communications Course (GCC) or Academic Writing & Speaking Program

These programs provide intensive instruction in American English academic discourse to strengthen international students’ ability to succeed in graduate-level courses. Students will have weekly tutoring sessions with graduate students to work on individual needs.

Application Information Accuracy

Applicants are required to sign a statement at the end of the application certifying the accuracy of the submitted information. Any misrepresentation may be cause for denial of admission. If misrepresentation is discovered after admission,dismissal from CGU and revoking of any degree granted may result.

Additional Department-Specific Instructions for Admission


Applicants to the Art Department must electronically upload a portfolio of representative work for evaluation. Portfolios will only be accepted through the online service provided by SlideRoom: www.claremont.slideroom.com. Portfolios should consist of 15 images of recent artwork that represent a cohesive body of work. Performance and/or video artists may submit work that is no longer than 3 minutes in length. Summary educational information, the names of your three references, and a copy of your one-page artist statement will also need to be provided with your SlideRoom portfolio submission.

Masters in Business Administration (MBA)

A personal interview will be arranged for selected applicants. The Management department will contact the applicant directly regarding an interview, if applicable.


Applicants with a concentration in performance must audition and and should fill out the Audition Materials form found in the Application Packet. Taped recordings may be accepted in place of a personal appearance in cases of hardship. Applicants with a concentration in composition must submit representative samples of their work. Applicants with a concentration in education or history must submit published articles, unpublished term papers, or other examples of their work.


Applicants should provide a list of relevant upper-division undergraduate and/or graduate religion courses taken, including institution, term/year, grade, and a brief content description. Applicants also need to include a list of ancient and modern languages studied, and the reading, writing, and speaking proficiency in each, if this is not already indicated on the application.

Teacher Education and Professional Administrative Services Credential in Education

A personal interview will be arranged for applicants. The Teacher Education and Education departments will contact the applicant directly regarding an interview.


Special Programs

Claremont Consortium BA/MA Accelerated Degree Program

This program is open to all undergraduates of the Claremont Colleges (). The accelerated Bachelors/Masters program offers significant benefits in obtaining a graduate degree on an accelerated track. Students will begin taking CGU courses in their senior year while completing their Bachelors program. With the completion of their Bachelors degree, these students will become CGU students where they will obtain their Masters degrees in one year.

Applicants to the program should apply in their junior year for the Fall semester of the year after they will graduate. For a complete timeline and program procedures please visit the BA/MA Accelerated Degree Program page.

Joint-Doctoral Programs


CGU currently offers the following joint doctoral programs in management, math, and higher education (click on the link for program information).

Management/JD with: Southwestern Law School (information forthcoming)

Mathematical Sciences with:

  • California State University, Long Beach (CSULB)
  • Keck Graduate  Institute of Applied Life Sciences
  • San Diego State University (SDSU)

Higher Education with: San Diego State University (SDSU)

Applicants to these programs must follow specific application instructions and are encouraged to visit the Joint Doctoral Applicants page for detailed information on each program.


Classification of Admission

Each student admitted by the University is classified in one of the following categories:

Full Graduate Admission. Full graduate admission status may be awarded to applicants who are admitted without reservation and whose application document requirements are satisfied. Only students who have full graduate standing may become candidates for a degree.

Provisional Admission. Provisional admission may be awarded to applicants whose application documents are incomplete at the time admission decisions are made. The documents on file at the time of an admission decision must be strong enough to warrant provisional admission pending receipt of the outstanding credentials. Students who do not submit the necessary credentials by the end of the first semester of study will not be permitted to register for the following semester. As soon as all admission requirements have been met, the graduate faculty serving the department will review the student’s file. The faculty may then recommend that the student be moved to full graduate standing.

Conditional Admission. Conditional admission may be awarded to an applicant whose academic record shows certain deficiencies or who lacks certain prerequisites. The student must demonstrate ability to do graduate work at a high level of achievement at CGU before being considered for full graduate standing. After completing the conditions specified by the faculty (typically, a minimum of eight units of graduate work or, in the case of a full-time student, the first semester of work), the record of a student with conditional standing will be reviewed by the graduate faculty serving the department. The faculty may then recommend full graduate standing,determine that the student should remain on conditional standing until specified requirements have been met, or terminate the student from the program.

Contingent Admission. Contingent admission may be offered to an applicant who is required to complete particular prerequisites prior to enrolling at CGU. An example might be providing a passing CBEST score (for Teacher Education applicants) or completing a particular course prior to enrolling at CGU. Students with contingent admission status should plan ahead to ensure that they have sufficient time to complete the requirement and submit evidence of completion prior to their first semester at CGU.



Deferred Application. If maximum enrollment has been reached, an academic department may offer an applicant the option to be considered for admission to a later semester than the one to which he/she originally applied.

Applicants also have the option to defer their application once for up to one year to be considered for a future semester. Applicants can contact the Office of Admission and Records or the Academic Program to which they applied to pursue this option.

Deferred Admission. If maximum enrollment has been reached, an academic department may offer an admitted student the option to enroll in a later semester than the one to which he/she originally applied.

Students who are unable to attend in the semester to which they were admitted may contact the academic program to which they were admitted and request a deferral. Admission is not guaranteed with a deferred application, even if the applicant was previously admitted. Students may request to defer admission once for up to one year.

Multiple Deferrals: Multiple deferrals are not granted. Students who have previously deferred must reapply. Students who fall in this category must submit a new application and application fee. Additional supporting materials are not required if the applicant is resubmitting an application within one year of the time of the original deferral. However, applicants may wish to update any application materials as they see fit.

Special Enrollment Categories

Alumni: CGU graduates are eligible to take CGU courses for personal enrichment at a 50% discounted rate. Courses taken at the alumni discount may not be applied toward a degree. To register for classes, please fill out an Alumni Course Registration Form.

Audit*: A student who is not enrolled in a degree program but wishes to audit one or more courses (no credit will be given for courses) must submit an admissions application, application fee, and official bachelor’s degree transcripts. The approval of the dean as well as the approval of the instructor(s) of the course(s) concerned is required for study in this category.

International students in F-1 and J-1 visa status are not eligible to audit courses unless they are also enrolled in a degree program. International students in degree programs may not use audit courses towards their 8-unit minimum.

Certificate*: Various schools at CGU offer certificate programs. To be admitted to a certificate program, applicants will be required to submit a complete application packet, with the exception of test scores. See the previous section on “Application Components” for details. Certificate students wishing to subsequently apply to a degree program at CGU will need to submit any outstanding application components missing at the time the student began the certificate program, such as test scores, and complete a Certificate to Degree Change Form. The faculty may request supplemental documentation when a certificate student is being considered for admission into a degree program.

Special Standing*: Applicants who wish to attend CGU as a non-degree student may be admitted as a special standing student. Special standing applicants must submit an application, an application fee, and official bachelor’s degree transcripts. special standing students who later decide to apply for a degree or credential program must supply additional application components to be evaluated for admission. Admission to special standing is limited to one academic year/12 units of study. Approval by the Provost is required for further study in this category. International students in F-1 and J-1 visa status are not eligible to enroll as special standing students.

Visiting Summer Student*: During the summer semester only, interested individuals may take courses at CGU without the need to obtain admission to the university. To do so, please fill out a Visiting Student Registration Form. Please note that participating in CGU’s summer semester as a visiting student does not constitute admission to CGU. Visiting students who wish to enter a degree program must submit a complete application packet to the Office of Admission and Records for evaluation by the academic program of interest. International students in F-1 and J-1 visa status are not eligible to enroll as visiting summer students without permission from their host campus.

*Participation as a CGU Audit Student, Certificate Student, Special Standing Student, or Visiting Student does not constitute admission to a degree program at CGU; therefore, these students are generally not eligible for financial aid consideration. Students registered as such who wish to seek admission to a degree program must submit a complete application packet to the Office of Admission and Records.


International Students

Claremont Graduate University is authorized under federal law to enroll international students with nonimmigrant visas. Graduates of colleges or universities outside of the U.S. Who have completed the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree may apply for admission to Claremont Graduate University. Requirements for admission include records of academic distinction and an ability to read, write, and speak rapid idiomatic English with a high degree of facility.

International students who enroll at CGU are responsible for adhering to the requirements stated by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (US CIS). As a part of these requirements, dmitted international students must prove their ability to support themselves financially for at least the first year of study by submitting a completed Affidavit of Financial Support form and providing verification of the statements made on the affidavit. These documents are required in order for the University to issue a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS2019). Admitted international students are encouraged to visit www.cgu.edu/international for information on Obtaining an I-20 (or DS-2019) to CGU.

Third-Party or Sponsored Students

Students who are being sponsored by an organization or government agency must be aware of their sponsoring agency’s regulations on payment of tuition and fees. Students who need the University to bill their sponsor directly should contact the Student Accounts Office each semester to ensure proper billing.

Medical Requirements

All admitted international students are required to complete a Graduate Medical History Report. Medical clearance is required of all international students before registration. In addition, all international students are required to show proof of health insurance, or purchase the Claremont Consortium’s insurance plan, throughout their time at CGU.

The Student Health Service on campus provides health services to all Claremont Colleges students. Student Health Service includes an inexpensive immunization program (including tetanus, measles, mumps, and rubella) and a tuberculin skin test. New students who have not completed the required tests should make arrangements to visit the Student Health Service for immunization soon after their arrival.