Entry requirements

Applications will be evaluated based upon the following:

  • Quality of previous undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate work. CGU requires applicants to submit proof of a completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • The school also requires a minimum standard of a B average in undergraduate coursework (3.0 on a 4.0 scale).
  • Applicants with international credentials must submit academic records in both their original language and literal English translation.

Strength of CV/resume

Candidates are required to submit a resume as part of the application.

Strength of personal statement

  • Each candidate must submit a personal statement that explains his or her academic objectives and how these fit with the candidate’s career goals. The statement should offer a clear picture of where the candidate pictures him or herself in five or ten years’ time.
  • Limit 500 words 3 letters of recommendations. Letters should come from individuals competent to judge the candidate’s probable success in graduate coursework. These letters are usually from individuals the candidate knows well including former professors, mentors, supervisors or those who can give an in-depth evaluation of the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses in regard to his or her preparedness for graduate study.


Promising applicants will be invited for an interview, which will be scheduled via email. Interviews are required for admission. Given the geographical spread of applicants, many interviews are conducted via Skype, though in-person interviews on CGU’s campus are encouraged.

Writing sample

Candidates are asked to provide a writing sample that demonstrates the best of the candidate’s written and cognitive abilities. These may be course papers, published articles, professional reports, or other materials that exhibit the candidate’s capacity for written communication.

Application fee

A non-refundable $100 application fee is required. Note: GRE or GMAT scores are encouraged but not required for admission. The admissions committee views such scores are just some of many pieces of information that are consulted to evaluate candidates.

International candidates and TOEFL/IELTS requirements

CGU does require an English language Proficiency Exam for non-native English speakers. We require the following exam scores:

  • IELTS level 7
  • TOEFL 100
  • IBT for the internet based exam .

If you have received an undergraduate degree from an Institute where you were taught in English it may be possible to waive the English language Proficiency Exam, upon review of your application. International candidates whose scores do not meet the above requirement but who demonstrate good English communication skills in their interviews may be admitted contingent upon enrollment in one of the following programs provided by CGU:

  • International Fellows Program
  • Foundations in Graduate Writing

Months of entry


Course content

The Arts Management program of Claremont Graduate University (CGU) is part of the Center for Management in the Creative Industries (CMCI) at CGU’s Drucker School of Management.

In a historic collaboration between Sotheby’s Institute of Art, The Getty Leadership Institute, and the School of Arts and Humanities at Claremont Graduate University, The Center for Management in the Creative Industries at CGU’s Drucker School of Management brings together core values and a unique philosophy about leadership and management in the arts.

Graduates of the CMCI’s Master’s programs are well prepared to enter the creative industries workforce and to reshape it. From performing art centers to auction houses, from private museums to public art projects, CMCI graduates can be found in a wide array of creative organizations where they foster important work in art and culture for both public and private consumption.

At the heart of the CMCI’s programs is The Drucker School’s core courses in management, which include finance and accounting, marketing, and strategy: the fundamentals of elite business education.

Spanning the spectrum from the visual and performing arts to media and entertainment, and from the nonprofit organization to the asset-driven enterprise, the Arts Management program of the CMCI produces skilled administrators, executives and entrepreneurs who understand what is needed to build and guide the next generation of arts organizations.

To tailor the Arts Management degree, students may choose among the following concentrations:

Art museum management

The Art Museum Management concentration prepares the next generation of museum administrators for what is arguably a new golden age of visual art museums and related organizations. Drawing upon the Getty Leadership Institute’s 35-year legacy of intensive leadership and management training for top museum executives, the Art Museum Management program extends its expertise to students who wish to follow a similar professional and scholarly career path.

Nonprofit arts management

Students learn how to succeed in the most difficult aspects of nonprofit management and administration, including content development and programming, organizational planning, and the many nuances of constituency building, fundraising and philanthropic finance. In addition, students receive instruction in art law, strategic planning, government funding and cultural policy.

Media, entertainment, performing arts

With a core of courses exploring the specific challenges of these industries, such as labor law and negotiation, intellectual property, or techniques and methodologies in TV and film distribution, this concentration provides an essential knowledge base for those who wish to become creative managers in for-profit or nonprofit media sectors. Students enjoy access to courses offered by CGU’s Media Studies program and the Intercollegiate Media Studies offerings of the Claremont Colleges, with upper level courses in film/video production and digital and electronic media, as well as in media history and theory.

Information for international students

See entry requirements

Fees and funding

UK students
$28,688 – per semester
International students
$28,688 – per semester

Fellowships are awarded to select candidates on the recommendation of the Admissions Committee and the faculty and are based on merit. Fellowships are awarded in the form of a percentage tuition reduction.

US citizens must complete the online FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). International students are not required to file the FAFSA.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Melba Remice