What separates the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management from other business schools? We offer a unique focus on the creative economy, creative industries, and creative management practices, with direct access to the dynamic environment of Los Angeles. Add to this our outstanding Financial Engineering program, our new Supply Chain & Logistics track, and the ability to bundle your MBA degree with other master’s degrees from CGU and partner institutions, and you have a school dedicated to preparing you to be an effective leader in the new global economy.
From a foundation built on the management philosophy of Peter Drucker, one of the greatest thought leaders in business history, our curriculum educates students on the cultivation of human potential and crucial business knowledge. You’ll collaborate with students in classrooms that are diverse, global, and alive with ideas. Nationally recognized faculty scholars will be your guides, mentors, and conduits to the professional world. You’ll study on the beautiful campus of the Claremont Colleges among some of the highest ranked colleges in the U.S. You’ll connect business theory to business practice out in the world. In a close, intimate learning environment, you’ll create your future.
Four Reasons to Choose the Drucker School
Unique Approach to Leadership
Develop the management and people skills needed to make a difference in the world.
Peter Drucker wrote the landmark book The Practice of Management, and only the Drucker School features this practice-based approach to management and leadership. Marketing, finance, accounting, strategy—yes, of course, you will master the basics. But at the Drucker School, you will also learn your own management style, how to effectively manage teams, and how to lead organizations to be productive and socially responsible. You will learn these skills from renowned educators who have extensive day-to-day business experience in a wide variety of industries.
Our approach stresses the holistic practice of management, and we facilitate this through distinct degrees and courses across disciplines and fields. We offer 15+ different degrees, including full- and part-time MBA, Executive MBA, Financial Engineering, Art Business, Arts Management, and dual MBA-MA/JD/PhD degrees with other CGU schools and partner institutions. Our Center for Management in the Creative Industries, Supply Chain & Logistics, and Information Systems and Technology provide additional opportunities for specialized courses, experiences, and degrees. In short, you can customize your degree to fit your ambitions.
Focus on Creative Organizations
Learn to manage creative and knowledge workers in today’s rapidly changing economy.
Creativity is the primary source of innovation in contemporary society. Creative industries range from software design to entertainment, fashion, and the arts, and they are the single largest growth segment in Los Angeles and California. Peter Drucker coined the term “knowledge worker,” and what we see now is a creative revolution in how this knowledge is applied. Businesses, governments, and non-profits worldwide need creative managers to lead them into the future.
Only the Drucker School provides a complete set of courses and programs dedicated to the creative economy, creative industries, and creative management practices. You will have the opportunity to take truly unique courses on a range of topics, including Management as Design, Business Law for Creative Industries, Managing in the Creative Economy, Managing High Technology Leadership, Mindfulness, and Self-Management – to name a few. The Drucker School also actively pursues research, internships, and career opportunities areas with its Center for Management in the Creative Industries (CMCI), in partnership with Sotheby’s Institute of Art.
A Place That Inspires Innovation: Claremont and Los Angeles, CA
Study in tree-lined Claremont, while taking full advantage of the cultural, intellectual, and career opportunities of Los Angeles.
Known as the “City of Trees and PhDs,” Claremont enjoys the advantages of proximity to Los Angeles while maintaining an idyllic college environment for study and informal conversation. The Drucker School is situated within the prestigious Claremont Colleges, and shares their hallmarks of world-renowned faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, and small, intimate class sizes designed to promote interaction. This setting is designed to inspire innovation, collaboration, and imaginative thinking.
You will also have numerous opportunities to explore the dynamic business environment of Los Angeles, with downtown Los Angeles only 30 minutes away by car and accessible through regular train service. In Fall 2015, Claremont Graduate University opened a location in downtown Los Angeles (DTLA). In this space, we will be offering an array of courses and events through our Center for the Management in Creative Industries. Through our Center for Supply Chain Management and Logistics, you will meet Los Angeles leaders in this burgeoning field. All of our courses focus on the practical, in-the-field method of translating theory into practice, and you will have numerous opportunities to work with business innovators throughout LA. Only the Drucker School combines this small town/large city California experience.
We Educate Remarkable Leaders
Since its inception, the Drucker School has been dedicated to helping students achieve remarkable and meaningful careers. Our 4,500 alumni are testament to our success in helping our students find their unique path in the world, whether in the private business, non-profit, or government sector.
It is no surprise that one of the pioneers of the “maker movement” is a Drucker alumnus: Mark Hatch, (MBA 1995). Mark and his company, Techshop, specialize in enabling innovations, such as the prototype for the Square credit card reader. Other notable Drucker alumni include Tawni Cranz (EMBA, 2011), Chief Talent Officer for Netflix, and Eugene Young (MBA, 2010), who leads Ryan Seacrest Productions as President. These entrepreneurial and innovative careers are but a few among many – as a Drucker student, you can look forward to creating your own remarkable path.
At Drucker, your journey begins on your first day. We don’t wait until your last semester to “place” you; it begins on Day One. Our Office of Career Development will work closely with you to help you hone in on your interests and strengths and how they influence your career choices. Our professors will provide you with insight both in and outside the classroom. And our Drucker Board of Industry Advisors will provide you mentoring and networking opportunities in many of the leading companies in management, technology, financial services, and related fields. We work with you from the first day to the last (and after!) to enable success on your terms.
The Drucker Advantage: The Creative Practice of Management