Claremont School of Theology is fully accredited by both the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and The Commission on Accrediting of The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS).

Claremont is also listed by the University Senate of The United Methodist Church as an approved theological school for the education of United Methodist clergy. The procedures for accreditation review are available in the Library and from our accrediting associations.

The following degree programs are approved:

  • M.Div.
  • M.A. in Religious Education
  • M.A. (Religion)
  • M.A. (Theological Studies)
  • D.Min.
  • M.A. in Ministry, Leadership, and Service
  • Ph.D.
  • Ph.D. (Theology and Personality)

Comprehensive distance education program: Yes

Educational Effectiveness Statement

Claremont School of Theology measures and supports the success of its students and ensures the ongoing educational effectiveness of its academic programs. Claremont promotes its educational effectiveness by establishing clear learning outcomes for each degree program, ensuring that course offerings support these learning outcomes, collecting evidence that students are exhibiting these intended outcomes, assessing each degree program on a regular basis, and continually improving our support for student learning.

Placement data for the last five years provides a useful measure of Claremont’s educational effectiveness. 70% of M.Div. graduates serve in formal ministry positions, with an additional 9% in the ordination process. The majority of remaining graduates are working in non-profits, educational organizations, or other professional settings.

34% of M.A. graduates go on to doctoral studies, 21%, are in some form of ministry or religious/community leadership, including chaplaincy, and 26% work in education, non-profit organizations, and other professional careers.

89% of our Ph.D. graduates serve in faculty teaching roles, ordained ministry, or in related professions.

Accrediting Agencies

Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities
985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100
Alameda, CA 94501
Ph: (510) 748-9001
Fax: (510) 748-9797

The Commission on Accrediting of
The Association of Theological Schools
in the United States and Canada

10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1110
Ph: (412) 788-6505
Fax: (412) 788-6510

Updated July 26, 2012

WASC Reports