Claremont School of Theology is thrilled to welcome its largest-ever incoming Spring Class of students. The School expects 55+ new students to matriculate this month – that is a 30 percent increase in just one year and a 168 percent increase since 2015.

“We have some really strong momentum going and it’s building each semester,” said Murad Dibbini, Senior Director of Admissions and Enrollment Services. “We have a very solid, long-time relationship with The United Methodist Church as well as our ecumenical partners, and with the interreligious community. Add in our hybrid options and you have a successful roadmap. We are very excited and grateful.”

Here are some additional statistics:

  • In Spring of 2016, CST welcomed 43 new students; this year, that number is expected to reach 55 to 60 new students.
  • The Spring 2017 class includes more than 20 Master of Divinity (M.Div.) students, the majority of whom are United Methodists.
  • The number of students enrolled as Master’s degree or M.Div. students combined more than doubled in the past year. This includes students from several partner denominations – African Methodist Episcopal, Episcopal, additional Christian denominations as well as eight new Muslim students attending CST through our sister Islamic Graduate School, Bayan Claremont.

“Our dedicated staff, students, and alumni/ae, along with our renowned faculty, work diligently every day to reach across racial, economic, gender, and religious barriers to promote peace and true understanding – at home and abroad,” added the Rev. Dr. Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan, CST president. “We truly are seeing the fruits of our labor and blessings as we continue creating a difference for the world we live in, together.”


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CST believes in “desegregating” theological and religious education by teaching and learning in the presence of religious diversity. Founded by Methodists, we are fortified by numerous ecumenical friendships – in particular, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), The Episcopal Church, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the United Church of Christ, and the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria – as well as by our partnerships with Bayan Claremont, the Academy for Jewish Religion California, and University of the West. Together, we are creating a difference for the world we live in.