Claremont Graduate University

“Conducting research across disciplines to look at problems in new ways.”
Description of PhD Program

Claremont Graduate University’s PhD in Religion trains graduate students in the theories, methods, and knowledge they need in order to participate in and shape the study of religion in the 21st century as well as to apply those tools to productive careers outside the academy. Students enrolled in this PhD program must choose from one of the following areas of specialization: Critical Comparative Scriptures, History of Christianity & Religions of North America, Philosophy of Religion & Theology, and Women’s Studies in Religion. Interdisciplinary concentrations are available in the School of Arts and Humanities, including American Studies, Continental Philosophy, Early Modern Studies, Hemispheric & Transnational Studies, Media Studies, and Museum Studies.

Tuition and Housing Costs

Estimated Tuition (California Residents, Non-Residents, International)
Program 72 units
Tuition per unit* $1,980

*Based on 2021-2022 tuition rates.

Student Fees (per Semester)
$245 Student Fee
$125 Technology Fee
$719 International Student Services Fee* (international students only)
*Subject to change.

For estimates of room & board, books, etc., please download CGU’s Cost of Attendance 2020-2021 .

Post-Coursework Fees
Continuous Registration Fee: $1,310 per semester
Doctoral Study Fee: $2,275 per semester

Claremont Graduate University is mindful of the evolving financial concerns of students over the course of pursuing a graduate degree. Therefore, during stages like qualifying exams, thesis research and composition, and dissertation defense, we ask that students pay a flat, per-semester fee—rather than full tuition cost per unit—in order to maintain enrollment. Conversely, this fee is not incurred when students are enrolled in courses.


Financial Aid-Fellowships

Claremont Graduate University offers financial support to assist students in the pursuit of their degrees. A typical financial aid package awards qualified students a tuition fellowship, federal student loans, and work-study. The award of institutional aid (tuition fellowships) is decided by the School of Religion, and is competitive and merit based. The most qualified students are offered a Full-Fellowship, but nearly all students receive some percentage of institutional aid. In some cases, students are also offered a Research Assistantship with a small accompanying stipend.

Types of Fellowships:

Hispanic/Latina/o Faculty

Dr. Daniel Ramírez (HTI Scholar)
Associate Professor of American Religions

Gastón Espinosa (HTI Scholar)
Arthur V. Stoughton Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Claremont McKenna College (part of the Claremont Consortium)

Library Resources-Special Collections

The Honnold/Mudd Library special resources section includes access to the Mexican Newspapers Collection: 1821–1927 and the General Jose Maria Maytorena Papers: 1910 Mexican Revolution.

HTI Scholars

Rubén Dupertuis
Associate Professor of Religion
Trinity University

Thomas Evans

Jacqueline M. Hidalgo
Associate Professor of Latina/o Studies and Religion
Williams College

Lara Medina
Associate Professor of Chicana/o Studies
California State University, Northridge 

Francisco Muñoz

Melisa Ortiz-Berry 

Arelene Sánchez Walsh
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Azusa Pacific University

Theresa Yugar
Adjunct Faculty
California Lutheran University

Contact Information

The HTI person to contact for information on PhD studies at Claremont Graduate University is:

Name:     Dr. Daniel Ramírez
Title:        Associate Professor of American Religions
Phone:    909-621-8504