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The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program is designed to prepare people for ministry in many possible settings. It is the degree required for ordination in most Protestant denominations. The Claremont M.Div. is a 72-unit degree that combines academic excellence with spiritual formation and social engagement, in the context of an interreligious and culturally diverse academic community.

The program presupposes that in order to serve and lead responsibly, men and women need intimate knowledge of their own traditions, appreciation of other forms of spiritual practice and insight, deep engagement with today’s social and political realities, and strong dialogical and critical thinking skills.  Learn More.

The Master of Arts (M.A.) program is a 48-unit degree that combines academic excellence and opportunities for vocational exploration with the goal of preparing students for further graduate study, various forms of religious leadership and ministry, and for general education and enrichment.

Concentrations are available in theological studies (breadth of knowledge), a single theological discipline, or interdisciplinary/comparative studies. Learn more.

The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program is a 28-unit degree that offers opportunities for spiritual development as well as for growth in knowledge and pastoral competency. The D.Min. program concludes with a professional project that is designed to benefit the student’s own ministry and contribute to broader religious communities.

Claremont School of Theology has three avenues for pursuing the D.Min. degree:

  1. Mentoring D.Min. under supervision of a faculty mentor.
  2. D.Min. in Practical Theology of Conflict, Healing and Transformation in Korean Contexts.
  3. D.Min. in Spiritual Renewal, Contemplative Practice and Strategic Leadership (Hybrid/Online).

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The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree prepares students for research, teaching in higher education, as well as professional leadership in religious traditions and society. This 48-­unit degree program enables students to develop scholarly competence in a specialized field of study in the context of theological and religious studies disciplines. Students will engage the methodological and epistemological presuppositions of the field of concentration and will be capable of advancing the field through original research. The degree program emphasizes professional applicability of the field of research by correlating theoretical and practical knowing, by implementing critical reflection on professional theory and practices, and by engaging theological and empirical methods of scholarship.

Claremont School of Theology offers two Ph.D. programs with concentrations within each area. Learn more.

The Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) is a 48-unit degree designed to combine academic excellence with in depth theological studies in a particular area of concentration in order to provide a foundation for further graduate study and general education and enrichment. Areas of concentration include: biblical studies, ethics and social change, interreligious studies, ministry, religious education, spiritual formation and theology. Students must complete a summative exercise at the end of their program which takes the form of master seminar or research-focused project.  Learn More.


Claremont School of Theology students range in age from 20 to 86, 60 percent are students of color and international students, almost half are women. We are LGBTQIA-friendly, representing more than 40 denominations and traditions. We are seeking friends and allies in working together to create a difference for the world we live in, now! 

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Almost 2,000 Claremont School of Theology Alumni/ae are located around the world serving as ministers, educators, artists, non-profit administrators, and pastoral counselors. Claremont School of Theology graduates continue to make a difference in the world.

As an alumnus/a of Claremont, you have benefits at the School that you may not be taking full advantage of. For example:

  • Alumni/ae Audits
  • Library Privileges
  • Online Research Database
  • The Writing Center Assistance
The Claremont School of Theology Alumni/ae Association is made up of all graduates from Claremont School of Theology and its predecessor schools… Learn More


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