4+1 Accelerated Degree (BA | Master’s)

The Claremont Colleges 4+1 BA | Master’s is a unique opportunity for you, a junior or senior undergraduate attending one of the Claremont Colleges, to complete a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. You apply to the program by the end of January of your junior year and are evaluated based on your academic achievements, leadership experience, GMAT/GRE score, interview, and performance in the program prerequisite courses. Drucker graduate programs that participate in the 4+1 program are MA Management, MS Financial Engineering, and Full-Time MBA.

This fast-track Bachelor’s/Master’s program offers you significant benefits in obtaining a graduate degree on an accelerated track. Regardless of your career path, a graduate degree can open many doors and enhance professional options.


  • Earn an MA, MBA, or MS degree in half the time.
  • Save a year of tuition (and a year of your life).
  • Maintain continuity with faculty and research facilities.
  • Gain a competitive edge in the marketplace with additional knowledge and skills.


Program Timeline

Junior Year

  • Fall Semester: Speak to both your faculty advisor at your college and a Drucker School admissions advisor to ensure that all prerequisite and degree requirements can be met. Contact drucker@cgu.edu to schedule an appointment.
  • By January: Complete and submit an application to the Drucker School of Management Admissions Office.
  • Mid-March/Early April: Receive notification of admissions decision from Claremont Graduate University and the Drucker School.
  • Mid-April/Early May:
    Pre-registration for fall semester begins. Meet with your Drucker School graduate program advisor to map out your academic plan.

Senior Year

  • End of August: Begin taking courses at Claremont Graduate University (CGU).
  • Early February: CGU Financial Aid applications are due. You may also be eligible for fellowship funds for the year of full-time study at CGU. Meet with a financial aid counselor and speak with your academic department to explore all funding options.
  • Following Graduation: Summer or Fall semester: Begin full-time enrollment at CGU.


Fellowship Funds

As an accelerated degree program student, you may be eligible for fellowship funds, which are available for the year of graduate study at CGU. Contact the Drucker School Admissions office, drucker@cgu.edu, for more information. If you are a student at Claremont McKenna College, please see Brian Dennis in Bauer Hall.

Art Business (MAAB) | MBA

A dual degree in Arts Business (MAAB) and MBA prepares graduates for careers in the creative industries that includes the various art markets, entertainment, and other asset-driven sectors of the visual art world while learning to navigate the complexities of the business world. The combination of both degrees will prepare you to manage projects, to think critically and creatively, and to work with diverse and innovative people while having access to a dynamic and innovative local arts community in the vibrant creative hub in the Los Angeles area. To help you determine your career path, you will be working alongside faculty and the Office of Career Development to discover a host of career opportunities in the arts or in a particular functional business area within an organization.

For more information on the Art Business and MBA programs:
MA Art Business
Drucker MBA


Admissions Process

Applicants may apply to either program first or indicate in their application that you are interested in both degrees. Current CGU or Sotheby’s students should contact the Drucker Admissions Office for more information on the requirements for applying to the dual degree.

Customized Dual Degrees

The flexibility of the Drucker School MBA program means that you can combine your MBA with any other degree program at Claremont Graduate University.

The MBA is the premiere dual degree option for Claremont Graduate University (CGU) students. Over 30% of students enrolled in the MBA are pursuing two degrees, combining the essentials of management and business with a specialized academic area of interest. Since we overlap unit requirements for both programs, students earn two degrees in less time and at a lower cost than the two degrees separately.

Sample custom degrees and professional outcomes include:

  • MA Psychology | MBA: careers in consulting, human resource management, marketing analytics, brand management, non-profit organizations
  • MA Arts Management | MBA: careers in arts and cultural organizations
  • MA/PhD Economics | MBA: careers in finance, data analysis, business analysis
  • MA/PhD Political Science | MBA: careers in law, government, non-profit organizations
  • MA/PhD Education | MBA: careers in school or higher education administration and management

The MBA program academic advisors work with you and other academic areas at CGU to determine your coursework. You will also collaborate with the Drucker Office of Career Management to determine an appropriate career path that utilizes the knowledge and skills you gain from both degrees.

For more information on the MBA program, visit the Drucker MBA Program page.


Admissions Process

New applicants may apply to either program first or indicate in their application that you are interested in both degrees. Current CGU students should contact the Drucker Admissions Office for more information on the requirements for applying to the dual degree.

Master of Bioscience (MBS) | MBA

A dual degree combining a Master of Bioscience from Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) and an MBA from the Drucker School of Management prepares you for careers in the bioscience, health, and pharmaceutical industries. The pairing of the degrees positions you to serve in a leadership role in biotechnology, project management, product development and much more. You will work on client-based projects, develop marketing strategies and business plans for bioscience ventures, and learn key Drucker principles for running effective organizations.

For more information on the Master of Bioscience and MBA programs:
Master of Bioscience
Drucker MBA


Admissions Process

You may apply to either program first, but notify the admissions office that you are interested in the dual degree. Current Keck Graduate Institute students should contact the Drucker Admissions Office for more information on the requirements for applying to the dual degree.

Public Health (MPH) | MBA

The Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management (Drucker) along with the School of Community and Global Health (SCGH) of Claremont Graduate University offer a dual degree program in business administration and public health (MBA/MPH) that provides leadership and management training for the health services industry at the local, national and international levels.

A dual MBA/MPH program offers comprehensive knowledge and competencies in public health sciences (foundations of health behavior, public health policy and practice, principles of biostatistics, principles of epidemiology, environmental and occupational health) and state-of-the-art business practices (finance, accounting and marketing combined with strategic thinking, entrepreneurship and value-based management).

Health care is the largest single sector of the economy and requires much more effective management and leadership at all levels of care and delivery – from prevention programs to hospital treatment. In addition to being the largest sector of the economy, health care is the only major sector that is continuing to grow and for which job opportunities remain vast.

The program prepares graduates for health industry leadership positions in fields such as pharmaceutical marketing, health care marketing, healthcare consulting, hospital administration, managed care, biotechnology, and healthcare related non-profit work.

Information Systems and Technology (MSIST) | MBA

The Master of Science in Information Systems and Technology / Master of Business Administration degree program is offered jointly by the Center for Information Systems and Technology and the Drucker School of Management, and was created for those individuals seeking to expand their knowledge in the fields of technology and management.

The dual degree option allows you to earn two degrees simultaneously from expert faculty in both areas. This program will provide you with an outstanding opportunity to increase your marketability and gain a distinct competitive advantage in the professional IS&T marketplace.


MSIST | MBA Courses

MSIST Courses (28 units)

  • Databases and Big Data
  • Software Development and Programming
  • Management of Information Systems and Technology
  • Transdisciplinary Elective – 4 units (1 course)
  • IST Electives – 12 units (3 courses)

MBA Courses (48 units)

  • Applied Operational Methods
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Financial Accounting
  • Strategy
  • Corporate Finance
  • Drucker Difference
  • Macroeconomics
  • Marketing Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Electives – 12 units (3 courses)


Innovation Systems Design (ISD) | MBA

Responding to rapid technological change that accelerated the tectonic shifts and global competition in today’s marketplace, Art Center College of Design and Claremont Graduate University are offering a one-of-a-kind Dual MS/MBA Degree in Innovation Systems Design (ISD). The program combines the Drucker School of Management’s strategy, leadership, and management acumen with the rigorous development of creative skills and design innovation methodology found in Art Center’s Graduate Industrial Design program to best prepare tomorrow’s innovation leaders.

Design Thinking and Doing
The Innovation Systems Design program is a rigorous two-year, project-based education for those that see the value in applying design-thinking methodology to business culture in order to create a better future instead of just talking about it.

Students are immersed in a design culture for one year and then in a business culture the following year. Afterwards, each student is required to demonstrate their knowledge of the program’s methodologies in a thesis project directed toward an emergent topic of their choice.

Project-Based Learning
In every semester, students have the opportunity to creatively apply their newly acquired knowledge and skills through integrated project studios taught by working professionals as well as faculty from both institutions.


Admissions Process

For admissions guidelines, visit the Art Center College of Design website.

Juris Doctor (JD) | MBA

The Drucker School has joined forces with Southwestern Law School to create exciting concurrent degree program that will help Drucker and Southwestern students enhance their educational and career options by earning a Masters of Business Administration and a Juris Doctor.

The combination of legal training and management skills is increasingly in demand, and graduates of these degree programs will find enhanced career opportunities and be able to make a positive difference.

Southwestern Law School produces highly skilled graduates who are capable of integrating theory and practice to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century. Through excellent faculty committed to promoting the highest level of professionalism, Southwestern seeks to create a vibrant academic community with a student-centered approach to legal education.

Southwestern’s 10,000 alumni include prominent public officials – from members of Congress to mayors, and over 200 judges – as well as founders of major law firms and general counsels of multinational corporations. The law school has strong ties to the legal, business, and civic sectors, and its Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute is closely linked to the entertainment industry in Hollywood and internationally.


Admissions Process

For application guidelines, visit Southwestern Law School’s website.