Application Guidelines

We’re looking for students who have experienced some success in their career and wish to prepare for future advancement – well-rounded individuals who have strong analytical and communications skills as well as a record of career progress. The following criteria guide our decision-making process:

  • Your overall professional experience.
  • Your past academic performance and future promise.
  • Your personal characteristics, achievements, and goals.
  • Your test scores: GRE or GMAT and, for international students, TOEFL or IELTS.



  • You must have a 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.

Spring 2017
Priority Deadline November 1, 2016
Final Deadline November 1, 2016 (international applicants)
January 1, 2017 (domestic applicants)
Fall 2017
Round 1: Early Admissions December 1, 2016*
Round 2: Priority Deadline February 1, 2017
Round 3 April 1, 2017
Round 4: Final Deadline June 1, 2017**

*The Early Admissions deadline is a non-binding deadline for applicants whose first choice is the Drucker Part-Time 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
    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. The Finance department code is 4102.
  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 ou 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.