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Claremont Graduate University

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Claremont Graduate University
Former name
Claremont University College (1925–1962)
Claremont Graduate School and University Center (1962–1967)
Claremont University Center (1967–1998)
MottoMulta lumina, una lux (Latin)
Motto in English
"Many flames, one light"
Established1925; 99 years ago (1925)
Endowment$174.2 million (2020)[1]
PresidentLen Jessup
Academic staff
111 full time
88 part time
Students2,261 graduate students (1,393 on campus)
Location, ,
United States
CampusSuburban, 19 acres (7.7 ha)
AffiliationsClaremont Colleges

The Claremont Graduate University (CGU) is a private, all-graduate research university in Claremont, California. Founded in 1925, CGU is a member of the Claremont Colleges consortium which includes five undergraduate and two graduate institutions of higher education.

The university is organized into seven separate units: the School of Arts & Humanities; School of Community & Global Health; Drucker School of Management; School of Educational Studies; the School of Social Science, Policy, & Evaluation; the Center for Information Systems & Technology; and the Institute of Mathematical Sciences. It is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity."[3]


Founded in 1925, CGU was the second of the Claremont Colleges to form, following Pomona College and preceding Scripps College. The school has undergone several name changes since its inception. After being called Claremont University College for 37 years, in 1962 the school officially became known as Claremont Graduate School and University Center. Five years later, in 1967, the name was again changed to Claremont University Center, and in 1998 it acquired the name Claremont Graduate University.

The Claremont Colleges were designed to incorporate the Oxford Model of higher education. Instead of one large university composed of several separate schools, the Claremont Colleges are made up of different institutions designed around differing theories of pedagogy. CGU was founded upon the principle that graduate education is separate and distinct from undergraduate education. Students discover and cultivate their disciplines during undergraduate course work; at CGU students continue cultivation of their own disciplines, but are also expected to augment this with research that incorporates other disciplines as well. This is called "Transdisciplinarity" and is an essential component of Claremont Graduate University's functioning theory of pedagogy.[4]

The school is home to more than 2,000 master's and PhD students, as well as approximately 200 full and part-time faculty members. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has classified Claremont Graduate University as a CompDoc/NMedVet: Comprehensive doctoral (no medical/veterinary) with high research activity.[5] Its seven academic units and other related programs and institutes award master's and/or doctoral degrees in 31 disciplines. Enrollment is limited and classes are small. In 2018, the university also introduced its first online master's degree programs.[6]


Claremont Colleges[edit]

Among the contiguous CGU, Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences, and undergraduate colleges (Pomona, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Scripps, and Pitzer), cross-registration is free, and the members share libraries, health care, security, and other facilities.


Arts & Humanities[edit]

The School of Arts and Humanities includes departments in the fields of Art, Arts Management, Religion, History, English, Music, Cultural Studies, Archival Studies, Media Studies, and Applied Women's Studies. These subjects have an interest in interdisciplinary studies that provide disciplinary depth as well as cross-disciplinary flexibility.

The Institute for Antiquity & Christianity, which houses the School of Arts and Humanities and the Department of Religion

In the Department of Religion, students can earn a degree with a focus in Mormon Studies, Catholicism, Islamic Studies, History of Christianity, Hebrew Bible, Indic Studies, Coptic Studies, Zoroastrianism; additional programs include Women's Studies in Religion, Religion and American Politics, Ethics and Culture, and Philosophy of Religion and Theology.

Social Science, Policy & Evaluation[edit]

SSSPE encompasses the Division of Politics and Economics and the Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences. SSSPE offers M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Political Science, American Politics & Political Philosophy, Public Policy & Evaluation, International Studies (Comparative and/or World Politics), International Political Economy, Economics, Global Commerce & Finance, and joint degrees with MBA. SSSPE offers the first Ph.D. and M.A. concentrations in the Western United States focused on the Science of Positive Psychology.[1]. The program also offers the first Ph.D. degree in neuroeconomics which bridges economics, psychology, and cognitive neuroscience.

Community & Global Health[edit]

Formed in 2008, the School of Community and Global Health is dedicated to generating scientific knowledge about the causes and prevention of disease and the improvement of health and well-being of diverse populations locally and globally. The school is responsible for training professional practitioners to translate prevention science into improved practice and policy for health promotion and disease prevention at the individual, community and global levels.

The school offers a Ph.D. in Health Promotion Sciences, DrPh., M.P.H. degrees; the M.P.H. program, which has a variety of concentrations, is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. As of 2019, the school enrolled over 140 students, had a 12:1 student-faculty ratio, and had over 90 alumni.

Drucker School of Management[edit]

The Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito School of Management follows the Drucker philosophy based on people (management as a human enterprise, as a liberal art) and looks beyond traditional perceptions of economics, instead espousing management as a liberal art, focusing on social theory, history, and sustainability.

Educational Studies[edit]

The School of Educational Studies offers the M.A. and Ph.D in Teaching, Learning and Culture, Education Policy, Evaluation and Reform, Higher Education/Student Affairs, Special Education and Urban Educational Leadership.

Center for Information Systems & Technology[edit]

CISAT was founded in 1983 by Paul Gray as an independent entity. Unconstrained by a typical business school structure, students are allowed to focus specifically on those topics associated with IS&T. The school provides a solid technical grounding in IT systems, while at the same time, addressing the significant management challenges to designing, developing, implementing and assessing IT systems in applied business and governmental settings.

Institute of Mathematical Sciences[edit]

The Institute of Mathematical Sciences offers a variety of masters and doctoral degrees, and maintains a strong applied research component through its internationally recognized Engineering and Industrial Applied Mathematics Clinic, offering students first-hand experience in solving significant problems in applied mathematics for business and industry clients. IMS also provides joint programs in financial engineering, computational science, and computational and systems biology.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Other programs and institutes[edit]

Botany Department[edit]

In conjunction with the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Claremont Graduate University offers master's and doctoral degrees in botany emphasizing systematics and evolution of higher plants. Subfields include monographic and revisionary studies, cytotaxonomy, molecular systematics, phylogenetics, plant anatomy and comparative aspmorphology, ecology, plant geography, and reproductive biology.[7]

Peter F. Drucker Institute[edit]

Peter Drucker Institute is a think tank established to advance the principles of Peter F. Drucker.

Museum Leadership Institute[edit]

The Museum Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University is a leading source[citation needed] of continuing professional development for current and future leaders of museums and other nonprofit institutions.

CGU also has a number of other institutes and affiliations, including Sotheby's Institute of Art, the Claremont Evaluation Center, the Quality of Life Research Center, and the Institute for Democratic Renewal, among several others.


Stone wall marking campus entrance

Location and buildings[edit]

As part of the Claremont Colleges, CGU sits on 550 acres (220 ha) of land and includes over 175 buildings that is home to The Claremont Colleges Services in Claremont, California.

In July 2007, CNN/Money magazine ranked Claremont as one of the top 5 places to live in the United States.[8]

Harper Hall

Harper Hall Harper Hall is the oldest building on CGU's campus, originally housing the graduate library. It is now the administration building centralizing CGU's student and administrative functions. Classrooms and study areas take up a majority of Harper Hall's lower level.

Stauffer Hall and Albrecht auditorium

The Academic computing building The ACB is a three-story, 27,000-square-foot (2,500 m2) facility completed in 1985, which was renovated in 2009 to include the third floor. It houses academic computing resources, the School of Social Science, Policy, & Evaluation, the Center for Information Systems and Technology, two computer labs, and the Kay E-Health Center. It is also home to the Paul Gray PC Museum.[9]

Ron W. Burkle Building The Ron W. Burkle building was completed in 1998. Named after CGU fellow Ronald Burkle, it is currently home to the Peter Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management. It is a three-story, 36,000-square-foot (3,300 m2) facility housing offices, classrooms and lecture halls, the Drucker Library and the Drucker Institute.[10]

The CGU Art Building The CGU Art Building is home to two galleries, The East Gallery and the Peggy Phelps Gallery. During the semester the galleries feature work by current MFA students as well as special exhibits curated by professors, featuring the work of local artists. The art building has an independent studio space for each student measuring 22 by 12 feet. Once a year, the art building and all of the studios are opened to the public in an event called "Open Studios."

Paul Gray PC Museum[edit]

The Paul Gray PC Museum is a computer museum at Claremont Graduate University. It is named in honor of the late Paul Gray, a former professor at the university who founded CGU's information sciences program, and is located in the Center for Information Systems and Technology. As of 12 November 2005, the museum is showing the "Best PCs Ever",[11] based on the article "The 25 Greatest PCs of All Time"[12] published by PC World.

The Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards[edit]

Claremont Graduate University is home to the Kinglsey Tufts Poetry Award. The Award is presented annually for a work by an emerging poet. The $100,000 award was established in 1992 by Kate Tufts to honor her late husband, poet and writer Kingsley Tufts. It is the largest monetary prize in the nation for a mid-career poet.[13] A year later, the $10,000 Kate Tufts Discovery Award was established to recognize a poet of promise.

Noted people[edit]

Alumni and faculty[edit]


See also[edit]


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  5. ^ "Institution Profile". carnegiefoundation.org. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Archived from the original on 2014-05-11.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  6. ^ "CGU Will Debut Its First Three Online Master's Degree Programs This Fall ·Claremont Graduate University". cgu.edu. Claremont Graduate University. 2018-03-13. Archived from the original on 2019-02-08. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  7. ^ "Academics - Claremont Graduate UniversityClaremont Graduate University". Claremont Graduate University. Archived from the original on 2019-02-07. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  8. ^ "America's Best Places To Live," Money Magazine. August 2007.
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  10. ^ CGS News1997, p. 7
  11. ^ "PC World Exhibit: Personal Computer". Archived from the original on 19 June 2015. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  12. ^ "PC World – The 25 Greatest PCs of All Time". Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-09-11.
  13. ^ "Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards". Archived from the original on 4 May 2009. Retrieved 19 June 2015.


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