Claremont School of Theology is fully accredited by both the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and The Commission on Accrediting of The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS). Our current accreditation status with ATS is “Accredited on Warning” (Standard 10.3 on Financial Resources).

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 from our accrediting associations.

The following degree programs are approved:

• Master of Divinity

• Master of Arts in Religion

• Master of Theological Studies

• Doctor of Ministry

• Doctor of Ministry in Practical Theology of Healing Reconciliation and Transformation [Korean DMin]

• Doctor of Philosophy in Practical Theology

• Doctor of Philosophy in Religion

• Doctor of Professional Counseling* (*Pending WSCUC Approval)

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

WASC Senior College and University Commission
1080 Marina Village Parkway
Suite 500
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


WASC Reports