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Claremont Graduate University (CGU)

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Claremont Graduate University (CGU) is a research university located in Claremont, California, and is the oldest graduate-only higher education institution in the United States. The university is a member of The Claremont Colleges, a group of seven world-class institutions modeled after Oxford and Cambridge, and is spread across a 19-acre campus, within walking distance to the popular Claremont Village and just 35 miles from downtown Los Angeles. CGU embraces all nationalities and welcomes students from over 50 different countries around the world.

Students have the option of studying a wide range of postgraduate programs, including master's degrees, doctoral degrees, and certificates. All programs are practice-based and tailored to students' specific career needs and goals, thus helping to ensure that they will meet their career aspirations following graduation. Students also have the chance to gain industry experience through a variety of internship options.

There is a dedicated Career Development Office at CGU which offers a wide range of services, including helping students to launch or advance their career, develop a stand-out CV and cover letter, and help them with finding internship opportunities and relevant career workshops, among other services.

A wide range of clubs and societies are available for students to get involved with during their graduate careers, and many of these groups also provide students with ideal networking opportunities as well as skills to boost their CVs.

Other student support services are available at the university, including confidential counselling with a trained team of professionals, access to an on-site medical team, and a dedicated Student Disability Resource Centre for those with a disability or special needs.

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What's new

What's new

‘Harvard Business Review' honors Paul Zak with Warren Bennis Prize

Paul Zak, CGU professor of economic sciences, psychology, and management and director of the university's Center for Neuroeconomics Studies, is this year's recipient of the Warren Bennis Prize, which was named in honor of the successful leadership scholar and professor in USC's Marshall School of Business, for his article ''The Neuroscience of Trust'' published in Harvard Business Review's 2017 January-February issue.

Among this year's District VII winners is Claremont Graduate University, which was awarded medals in the following three categories:

  • Design and Photography

Multi-page publications: Silver medal for the Claremont Evaluation Center-New York (CEC-NY) ''Strategic Global Leadership in Evaluation'' brochure.

  • Digital Communications

Institutional websites: Bronze medal for CGU's main website (launched last year).

  • Magazines

General Interest, circulation under 30,000: Silver medal for the Fall 2016 and Summer 2017 issues of The Flame, CGU's alumni magazine.

Claremont Evaluation Center Teams with Accenture to Launch First-of-Its-Kind Talent Innovation Lab

The CEC Accenture Talent Innovation Lab at Claremont Graduate University (CGU) gives new hands-on experience to positive organizational psychology and evaluation students.

As one of the world's leading professional services companies, Accenture will work with CGU to develop projects focused on global recruiting's transformation and a research-and-evaluation project focused on Performance Achievement. Such projects will provide students with real-experience that will give them a competitive edge in the job market.

New Institute Serves the Needs of Family Businesses Around the World

The Drucker School of Management has launched the Drucker School Global Family Business Institute to provide executive training and development regarding the specific needs of family-run and family-owned businesses.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Faculty & research

CGU faculty are widely recognized as leaders in their fields who bring the latest expertise into the classroom and conduct applied research that improves the world. They also work to nurture the next generation of leaders, building close, collaborative working relationships with students to help them develop their own professional reputation while still students. Faculty teach and conduct research across disciplines to look at problems in new ways.

Being part of the highly reputable Claremont Colleges provides CGU students with access to superior resources and services. As a CGU student, one can take classes with many of the 550 faculty members from the colleges, make use of four libraries with more than two million volumes, and get involved in a host of affiliated organizations, programs, and institutes.

CGU is purposefully small. With a median class size of 9, meaning professors are highly accessible. Because CGU is small, it is able to collaborate, innovate, and stay current. Its commitment to cultural and intellectual diversity fosters interaction that leads to novel and creative approaches to issues facing our world.

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Department structure

Department structure

CGU's seven schools - each with a unique vision and mission - embrace a transdisciplinary approach to teaching that focuses on applied learning and research.

The Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management prepares leaders with powerful, ethical, and universal management skills, with a focus on being globally-minded and socially conscious. The Drucker School is affiliated with Sotheby's Institute of Art, Southwestern Law School, and Art Center College of Design.

The School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation (SSSPE) engages students in holistic, interdisciplinary scholarship to solve real-world problems and enhance society. SSSPE houses two scholastic divisions devoted to this mission: The Division of Behavioral & Organizational Sciences and the Division of Politics & Economics.

The School of Arts & Humanities (SAH) teaches the disciplines of Art, Music, Applied Women's Studies, Cultural Studies, English, History, and Religion, creating a unique educational environment designed to promote disciplinary depth and flexibility.

The School of Community & Global Health (SCGH) is catalyzing a new vision of how humankind conceptualizes and promotes health to improve the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities.

The School of Educational Studies (SES) offers programs in Education and Teacher Education and prepares future educators for the unprecedented challenges facing today's K–12 and higher education climates.

The Center for Information Systems & Technology (CISAT) provides research-infused instruction that prepares professionals and educators to assume leadership positions in the field of Information Systems & Technology.

The Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMS) trains mathematical scientists for positions in education, industry, and government laboratories, and is part of the Claremont Center for the Mathematical Sciences, with more than 60 faculty members spanning all areas of pure and applied mathematics.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

English Entrance Requirements

  • Direct Entry: TOEFL iBT 95+ / IELTS 7.0
    • IELTS scores of 7.0 with no sub-section lower than 6.5 are eligible for direct entry
  • Module 1: TOEFL iBT 75-84 / IELTS 6.0
  • Module 2: TOEFL iBT 85-94 / IELTS 6.5-7.0

The International Scholars Program (ISP) is specially designed for non-native English-speaking international students who are ready for graduate study. It will prepare students for the rigors of graduate study through an integrated cluster of classes that will refine their language, research, and participation skills. ISP is not a typical ''language program'' it is designed to help students succeed in graduate-level courses by teaching them about the practices and expectations of American academic and business culture.

Depending upon their level of English proficiency, students will enter at either module 1 or module 2. When they achieve a grade of B or better in all of the courses in their module, students will proceed to the next module. Upon successful completion of the International Scholars Program, students will proceed to their graduate program of study and receive a certificate.

Academic Entrance Requirements

Students must first be admitted to a CGU academic program to be eligible for the International Scholars Program.

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As a CGU student, one will discover countless benefits to living in student housing. Classes, a quiet place to study, and the library are all within walking distance in the small city of Claremont.

There are two options that are a short walk from the CGU campus. Claremont Collegiate Apartments offers one-bedroom and studio apartment options for CGU students and undergraduates from nearby colleges. The new Oasis Residential Commons will be for graduate students only and include classroom and group meeting spaces, a gym, swimming pool, study rooms, lounges, and much more.


On campus, Hagelbarger's serves delicious food made from scratch daily, including soups, salads, pasta, sandwiches, and more with vegetarian options. Students can also buy assorted snacks, beverages, and Starbucks coffee.

Students may dine at any of the Claremont Colleges dining halls, which offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner options for those with or without dietary restrictions in-house and to go.

The nearby Claremont Village lets students choose from more than 50 additional restaurants, cafes, pubs, and more.

The Claremont Colleges Libraries

The Honnold/Mudd Library houses the main library collections for The Claremont Colleges. The collections in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences include nearly 2 million volumes and the library has extensive holdings of journals, magazines, and newspapers, providing access to articles in over 70,000 periodicals.

Students also have access to several nearby affiliated libraries: Denison Library, located on the Scripps College campus the botanical and horticultural library of the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and the library at the Claremont School of Theology.

The library regularly conducts research workshops and provides reservable, graduate-only study spaces and lockers to store study materials. The library also provides access to course readings for all courses across the colleges.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

Claremont Graduate University's seasoned staff can help students navigate the financial aid process. The staff makes every effort to provide accurate, efficient, and timely assistance with financial aid.

  • All international students are considered for merit-based fellowships upon being admitted to one of CGU's graduate programs.
  • Over USD 12 million dollars in fellowship aid is awarded to CGU students annually.
  • Merit-based fellowships are awarded to students based on the recommendation of each academic department.
  • Fellowships are offered based on enrollment in 12-16 units each semester. If enrollment changes, fellowships are adjusted.
  • CGU is committed to honoring the awarded level of fellowship support throughout a student's time in required coursework as long as satisfactory academic progress is maintained.

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Claremont California 150 East 10th Street
Founded in 1925, Claremont Graduate University is an independent institution devoted entirely to graduate study. At CGU, students are encouraged to pursue academic research agendas both within and across traditional curricular boundaries. As a member of The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of seven independent institutions, the university is able to offer a greater breadth of faculty and campus resources than is typical of a university with 2,200 students.

Claremont Graduate University offers a range of highly specialized programs that provide a strong base for customization. Its English, History, Fine Arts, Math, Psychology, Economics, and Political Science programs are highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report. Many of the university?s academic programs are practice-based, so students start working in their field even as they?re learning

With an accomplished alumni network of more than 22,000 members worldwide and a supportive career development team, the students have all the necessary tools to advance their career. Its scholars receive individualized mentorship that expands their vocational network and prepares them for remarkable careers.

The university has more than 25 graduate student clubs and organizations and offers a range of support services to foster diversity and help students from underrepresented populations thrive academically, socially, and culturally, ensuring a rich, diverse experience for all students.

For more than 90 years, Claremont Graduate University has been a leader in graduate education. Nestled amid the tree-lined streets of Claremont, California, the university offers an eclectic variety of campus resources alongside a range of academic support services to ensure that students thrive academically while maintaining a healthy balance of work and play.
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