Claremont School of Theology

Claremont School of Theology at Willamette University
Salem, OR


Details at a Glance

  • School Type

    grad Private
  • Application Fee

    dollar-circle $50
  • Financial Aid Available

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Degrees Offered

Master of Divinity
Master of Theological Studies
Master of Arts in Religion
Doctor of Ministry
PhD in Practical Theology (or) Religion

Our Program

Claremont School of Theology is United Methodist in origin & affiliation; and ecumenical & interreligious in spirit.

Claremont School of Theology is fully recognized and approved as one of thirteen official theological schools of The United Methodist Church, with close relationships with other Protestant denominations, especially the Disciples of Christ and United Church of Christ, the Episcopal Church, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Students are nurtured by Scripture, tradition, experience, and reason and are prepared for lives of ministry, leadership, and service. Graduates are prepared to become agents of transformation and healing in churches, local communities, schools, non-profit institutions, and the world at large.

The school traces its history to 1885 with the founding of the Maclay College of Theology in San Fernando, California. In 1900, Maclay College moved to the campus of the then Methodist-affiliated University of Southern California in Los Angeles. In 1956, the School withdrew from the University and became an independent corporation, related to the Southern California-Arizona Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, and established its Claremont site.

In 2019, the exciting partnership with Willamette Univeristy welcomed the first class of CST students to the Methodist-founded university. All CST residential programs are located on this historic and beautiful campus in Salem, Oregon.

Learn more about CST's history and partnership with Willamette University in this video:


  • Application Fee

    dollar-circle $50


  • checkbox-alt Certified Academic Transcripts
  • checkbox-alt Personal Statement
  • checkbox-alt 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • checkbox-alt Online Application Form
  • checkbox-alt Resume/CV
  • checkbox-alt All Doctoral Programs- Sample Academic Written Work
  • checkbox-alt PhD only- Official GRE Scores
  • checkbox-alt Non-native English speakers only- English Profiency Exam (TOEFL or IELTS)

Additional Requirements

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Tuition & Financial Aid

Additional Information

  • checkbox-alt Work-study Programs Available
  • checkbox-alt Financial Aid Available
  • checkbox-alt Application Fee Waivers Available
  • checkbox-alt 100% of incoming Master's students receive financial aid from CST!
  • checkbox-alt PhD funding is available for qualified applicants!
  • checkbox-alt Doctor of Minsitry students enjoy a discounted tuition rate!

Location & Contact

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