Application Guidelines

The Drucker Admissions Committee evaluates applicants based upon academic achievement, career progress, career aspirations, interpersonal skills and overall potential to make change and pursue a successful business career in a leadership role. We are looking for people who show potential for making things work: companies, partnerships, relationships with colleagues, and strategic vision.



  • 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.


Application Deadlines

The Drucker School of Management operates on a priority deadline cycle. Applications are strongly encouraged by these dates in order to assure maximum consideration for both admission and fellowships. Once the priority deadlines have passed, the school will continue to review applications for qualified students on a competitive, space-available basis.

Fall 2016
Round 1: Early Action November 1*
Round 2: Priority Deadline February 1
Round 3 April 15
Round 4: Final Deadline June 1**

*The Early Action deadline is a non-binding deadline for applicants whose first choice is the Drucker MBA program.

International applicants are encouraged to submit their applications by November 1st for the opportunity to be invited for an in-person interview with a Drucker Admissions Team member who may be traveling in your area.

**After Round 4 Deadline, we will move to rolling admissions and applications will be accepted on a space-available basis.


Application Process

Applicants must submit the following materials:

  1. Online application

  2. Application fee $80.00 (non-refundable)

  3. Official transcripts from every institution previously attended.

  4. GRE or GMAT score
    You must have taken the GMAT or GRE within the past five years. Request that an official GMAT (GMAC code DZK-QS-02) or GRE score be sent to admissions directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS). The GRE code for CGU is 4053.

  5. Resume

  6. Two (2) letters of recommendation from professional sources (Recommendation Form).

  7. Statement of Purpose: The statement of purpose consists of two essay questions: the personal statement and the creative essay. All applicants are required to answer both essay questions.

    • Personal Statement (Essay – 500 words maximum)
: Why is pursuing a Drucker MBA important to you? What is your immediate short-term goal following the completion of the Drucker MBA? What measures would you put in place to ensure that you achieve your short-term goal?

    • Creative Essay (Complete one of the following):

      • 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.

  8. TOEFL or IELTS score (International applicants only) To learn more about Claremont Graduate University’s TOEFL and IELTS requirement, click here. Students who score below 600 on the paper-based test, 250 on the computer-based test, and 100 on the internet-based test may be required to participate in the Drucker International Fellows Program. All non-native english-speaking international students are eligible to join the International Fellows Program. CGU’s TOEFL code is 4053).

  9. Interview (phone, Skype, or in person) is conducted by invitation only.