Claremont School of Theology

“Graduates are prepared to become agents of transformation and healing in churches, local communities, schools, non-profit institutions, and the world at large.”
Description of PhD Program


Doctoral study at Claremont School of Theology allows for students to study within the context of an institution which is uniquely United Methodist, ecumenical and interreligious. Our internationally recognized faculty offer students an education which is both deep in their own tradition and in dialogue with an interreligious community. Presently, CST is also developing a certificate in Latin American Studies, available to doctoral students in all programs through courses in Spanish and English. PhD concentrations offered:

  • PhD in Practical Theology (Education and Formation or Spiritual Care and Counseling). Students applying to the Ph.D. in Practical Theology must have completed either a Master of Divinity degree or a master’s degree (ideally, in their chosen area of concentration, e.g., a master’s degree in Spiritual Care, Counseling, Religious Education, etc.).
  • PhD in Religion (Comparative Theologies & Philosophy, Hebrew Bible & Jewish Studies, New Testament & Christian Origins; Process Studies; Religion, Ethics & Society). Students applying to the Ph.D. in Religion will ordinarily have completed a Master’s Degree but, with the approval of the faculty in the field, may be admitted to the Ph.D. after having completed a minimum of 24 hours of graduate work appropriate to the field of study.

Through cross-registration, students are also eligible to take course work at the following institutions: The Academy of Jewish Religion, California, Bayan Claremont, Claremont Graduate University, and the University of the West.

Tuition & Housing Costs

The cost of attendance (COA) is the cornerstone of establishing a student’s financial need, as it sets a limit on the total aid that a student may receive.  The COA is determined by law (Higher Education Act, Sec. 472) and is not subject to regulation by the Department. The COA for a student is an estimate of that student’s educational expenses for the period of enrollment. The number of units enrolled in, will determine the appropriate budget:

Doctoral Studies

(In Coursework)
Tuition $37,560
(24 credits)
Books & Supplies $1,700
Room & Board $15,000
Transportation $4,000
Miscellaneous $3,000
Total $61,260
Application and Admissions Fees
Application for Admission $50
Admission Confirmation Deposit $200


Tuition Assistance

Financial Aid-Fellowships

Claremont School of Theology assists students through Institutional Scholarships, federal work-study, access to external loans, and directing students to outside opportunities such as scholarships and grants. A limited number of Faculty Assistantships are available each year. Individual faculty members initiate appointments. Faculty members may give preference to students who are eligible for Federal Work-Study, but they are not to do so. Students attending CST are eligible for a range of scholarships and Teaching/Research assistantships, as well as student loan programs.

Merit Scholarships

Students are automatically considered for institutional merit scholarships upon admission to CST.

Doctoral scholarships are allocated at the discretion of the faculty in that particular discipline.

Merit scholarships are communicated in writing by the admissions office and recorded in a student’s financial aid award letter. Merit scholarship agreements are entered into by the institution and the student, and is governed by the policies noted on the merit scholarship letter and CST catalog.

In general, to retain merit scholarships students must maintain a 2.8 for M.A. and 3.0 for Ph.D./D.Min.) and register at least half time.

Please note, students awarded a Trustees, Presidential, Deans or Korean Leadership scholarship come with their own academic performance and extracurricular activities requirements as outlined on your scholarship letter. The following is a list of institutional aid you may be awarded:

  • Presidential scholarship
  • Dean’s scholarship
  • Korean Leadership scholarship
  • Claremont Scholarship – Graduate
  • Claremont Scholarship – PhD


Blaisdell Fellowships

Fellowships provide support for new students who demonstrate both need and merit upon nomination from staff, faculty, and administrators.

Departmental Fellowships

Merit-based fellowships are awarded to students based on the recommendation of each academic department.

Hispanic/Latina/o Faculty
Junker, Yohana A.
Assistant Professor of Art, Religion, and Culture
Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Scholar
Neighboring Institutions or Programs

Through cross-registration, students are also eligible to take course work at the following institutions: The Academy of Jewish Religion, California, Bayan Claremont, Claremont Graduate University, and the University of the West.

The Claremont Colleges Services offers a range of support services to foster diversity at The Claremont Colleges and help students from underrepresented populations thrive academically, socially, and culturally, ensuring a rich, diverse experience for all students.

LatinX Graduate Student Union – Latinx grad organization

Yearly Events

The CST community hosts a wide variety of events and conferences for the campus and the community, including programs with a focus on Latin American history/religion. In addition, CST students have access to events sponsored through the Claremont Colleges.

Library Resources-Special Collections

The CST Library is permanently closed. As of July 1, 2020, we have transitioned library services to the Mark O. Hatfield Library at Willamette University.

CST students, faculty, and staff can always access digital materials through the Digital Theological Library ( using their CST ID numbers. Non-CST users can access the Open Access Digital Theological Library (

The Hatfield Library will be open to users with Willamette ID cards starting August 17. Information about hours, resources, and services at Hatfield is available at

For questions about CST community access at Hatfield and other library needs, contact Maggie Froelich (

HTI Scholars

Maria Elizabeth Feliberty

Marlene Mayra Ferreras 

Rafael Reyes III

Saul Barcelo, PhD
2019–2020 Dissertation

Ann Hidalgo, PhD

Acquisitions Librarian
Claremont School of Theology

Altagracia Pérez-Bullard
Canon for Congregational Vitality
The Episcopal Diocese of New York

Marlene Mayra Ferreras, PhD
2017–2019 Dissertation

José Francisco Morales Torres, PhD
2018–2019 Dissertation

Rafael Reyes III, PhD
2015–2016 Comprehensive Exams
2016–2019 Dissertation

Eunice Villaneda-Bolaños
2020–2021 Comprehensive Exams

Aizaiah Yong, PhD
2019–2020 Dissertation


Contact Information

The HTI person to contact for information on PhD studies at Claremont School of Theology is:

Name:     Rev. Dr. Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook
Title:        Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty
Phone:    (909) 447-2520

Person in Charge of Enrollment:

Name:     Ms. Heather Hawkins
Title:        Director of Admissions and Enrollment Services
Phone:     (503) 480-2317