Spring 2020 Application Deadline: December 1st, 2019

In collaboration with Chang Jung Christian University in Tainan, Taiwan,
Claremont School of Theology is now offering a 48-unit
Global Doctor of Philosophy in Contextual Theologies in a hybrid format.

Earning a PhD in Contextual Theologies
will give you broad and interdisciplinary training that will equip you
to teach a variety of courses, as well as an opportunity to choose
an area of concentration for your research.

Contact

Goldy Waworoendeng
Admissions Recruiter
Designated School Official for International Students
(909) 447-6321
GoldyW@cst.edu

Logistics

Students in the Global Ph.D. program apply through the CST process, with the endorsement of their home institution, and must meet the academic standards for admission, including English Proficiency Requirements.

Instruction throughout the program is in English.

Three years of coursework are required at the rate of two courses per semester.

Students will participate in intensive two- and three-week seminars at Chang Jung Christian University in Tainan, Taiwan, and will complete course requirements online thereafter.  Students will spend one semester in residence at CST in the United States.

Program

All students in the program will complete six core seminars, each seminar taught by CST or CJCU faculty in an intensive format, followed by online discussion:

1. Introduction to Contextual Theologies

2. Postcolonial Theory/Theologies

3. Asian Biblical Hermeneutics

4. Christian History and Mission in Asian Cultures

5. Interreligious & Intercultural Studies

6. Pedagogy & Teaching in Global Contexts

 

Students will also take six additional courses from across the CST curriculum, three of which serve as an area of concentration.

During their semester in residence in the United States, students will have the opportunity to work with faculty from their area of concentration.

Areas of concentration include: Practical Theology, Biblical Studies, Comparative Theologies, Theology & Ethics, Process Studies, Interreligious Studies, Spiritual Formation and Religious Education, Worship and Preaching, Spiritual Care and Counseling.

Students will be required to show competence in two research languages beyond the student’s first language, dependent upon the approval of the advisor.

Students will be required to successfully complete qualifying exams in order to build and demonstrate broad knowledge in the areas of the examinations, the ability to think critically in these areas, and the ability to think deeply about particular issues and thinkers.

Application Requirements

  • Application Form (available online here)
  • Application Fee ($50)
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
    • Approximately 1000 words
    • Your personal statement should address:
      • Your reasons for the pursuit of graduate theological study
      • Your desire to study at Claremont School of Theology
      • Your intended use of the degree in meeting future goals
  • Official sealed transcripts from all institutions attended after high school
  • Letters of Recommendation – 3 total
    • 2 academic
    • 1 recommendation of your choice
  • Official GRE Scores (school code: 4710)
  • Sample Work
  • English Proficiency Documentation
    • Required for all applicants for whom English is a second language.
    • Either official TOEFL or official IELTS scores will be accepted. See note below for details.

Costs

All students will receive a 50% tuition scholarship from CST for the duration of their coursework. For the 2019-2020 academic year, the cost of tuition is $23,840 for four courses (16 units).  With a 50% scholarship, the tuition cost is $11,920 per year ($5,960 per semester).  This does NOT include the costs of accommodations, travel and student fees. In addition to the scholarship provided by CST, students are encouraged to raise funds for their program from their local contexts.

Because this program does not require students to move overseas, and because of CST’s commitment to keep costs to a minimum, the program is financially accessible to many more students than traditional theological education.

Students will be required to successfully complete qualifying exams in order to build and demonstrate broad knowledge in the areas of the examinations, the ability to think critically in these areas, and the ability to think deeply about particular issues and thinkers.