Degree Programs

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Claremont School of Theology offers graduate degrees that focus on ministerial and theological education in the Christian tradition.

The degrees are suited for students seeking formation and education as ministers, lay leaders, educators, counselors, activists, and scholars in primarily Christian contexts.

Master’s Programs

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 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.

Doctoral Programs

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 Claremont School of Theology offers a 48-unit Doctor of Philosophy in Practical Theology with two areas of concentration: Spiritual Care and Counseling or Education and Formation. Both concentrations require examinations in modern research languages, qualifying examinations, and the completion of a dissertation.

Students applying to the Ph.D. in Practical Theology must have completed either a Master of Divinity degree or a master’s degree (ideally, in their chosen area of concentration, e.g., a master’s degree in Spiritual Care, Counseling, Religious Education, etc.).

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The Claremont School of Theology offers a 48-unit Doctor of Philosophy in Religion degree with five areas of concentration:

Comparative Theology and Philosophy
Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies
New Testament and Christian Origins
Process Studies
Religion, Ethics and Society

Students applying to the Ph.D. in Religion will ordinarily have completed a Master’s Degree but, with the approval of the faculty in the field, may be admitted to the Ph.D. after having completed a minimum of 24 hours of graduate work appropriate to the field of study.

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