Basis for Admission


Claremont Philosophy

Claremont Graduate University seeks students whose academic and professional interests can benefit from its unique, transdisciplinary approach to graduate education. CGU offers admission to applicants who have the highest potential for graduate study and who, with the benefit of graduate education, are most likely to make profound contributions to their academic and professional fields through teaching, research, or professional practice. Focused exclusively on a candidate’s academic potential for success, the admissions process is not influenced by race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, place of national origin, age, or handicap.

Criteria for Admission

Criteria for admission include demonstrated academic achievement, personal accomplishment, professional experience and the high probability of the student's success in graduate study as assessed through a comprehensive review of their credentials submitted at the time of application.


The admissions evaluation is two-fold. First, a review of basic, standard credentials is conducted in compliance with accreditation and other higher education requirements. Second, individual schools and academic departments may consider the prior educational and professional experience of the applicant, assigning discipline-specific weight to the overall evaluation of an applicant’s Eligibility. Applicants are, therefore, encouraged to review their eligibility for admission with program representatives to ensure that all personal and professional credentials are thoroughly considered.

  • official, undergraduate transcripts from an accredited college or university;
  • graduate work at another institution, if applicable
  • academic and professional references;
  • scores on the Graduate Record Examination, the Graduate Management Admission Test, and the Test of English as a Foreign Language where required; and
  • practical experience in the proposed field, where relevant.

Academic departments and schools vary 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, pre-selected criteria. The Director of Admission for the University grants official admission on the basis of faculty review and recommendation.

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