Frequently Asked Questions
- Q: When can students apply for University programs?
- Q: Will University students be able to receive financial aid?
- Q: Can students admitted to CST for Fall 2011 choose to enter the University?
- Q: Can current students migrate to the University?
- Q: When can students first graduate from the University?
- Q: What Lifelong Learning opportunities exist through the University?
- Q: What is “customized education?”
- Q: How does the University affect the affiliate schools?
- Q: What degree programs will remain at Claremont School of Theology?
Q: When can students apply for University programs?
Students can apply for Spring 2012 admission in any Masters level program, and recruitment for Fall 2012 into all degree programs has already begun. Visit the Admissions section for details.
Q: Will University students be able to receive financial aid?
Yes. Students in programs at the University, which is currently a division of CST, can apply for federal financial assistance and will be considered for institutional scholarships.
Q: Can students admitted to CST for Fall 2011 choose to enter the University?
Yes, if the degree program or emphasis into which s/he was accepted is being offered at the University. Incoming students will have an opportunity to speak with an advisor at new student orientation about their options. The earliest they can make the change is during orientation/registration (August 24-26). They will also have a deadline of November 1 for when they must make that decision.
Q: Can current students migrate to the University?
Yes. Because the University is currently a division of Claremont School of Theology, current CST students can migrate to new programs at the University. Students will have a deadline of November 1 for when they must make that decision. Current students will have an opportunity to speak with their advisor about their options once the fall semester begins. The The earliest students can request the change is August 24
Q: When can students first graduate from the University?
A current student has the opportunity to graduate from the University in May 2012 if the student:
- requests University enrollment/migration by Nov. 1
- is enrolled in a degree program that is migrating to the University
- takes at least six units during both semesters of Academic Year 2011-12
Q: What Lifelong Learning opportunities exist through the University?
Opportunities for lifelong learning are being developed under a new division tentatively titled the “Claremont Extension”, which will offer graduate-level non-degree programs, such as certificates, continuing education units, practicum, etc.
Q: What is “customized education?”
The University plans to offer specialized educational program for organizations, agencies, companies, denominations, and other groups seeking custom-tailored educational opportunities in areas of faculty expertise to meet the needs of their employees or constituencies.
Q: How does the University affect the affiliate schools?
Claremont School of Theology is the Christian affiliate of the multireligious consortium and will remain a seminary of The United Methodist Church. Students at CST will have the unique opportunity to prepare for Christian ministry and other theological studies in a multireligious setting.
The Academy for Jewish Religion, California, is the Jewish affiliate of the multireligious consortium and will remain an independent institution. Students at AJRCA will have the unique opportunity to prepare for Jewish leadership in this multireligious setting.
The Islamic Center of Southern California is establishing a separate educational institution, to be housed at, and a division of, the University. Students at the new institution will be University students, though the new institution will operate as an "affiliate" institution for Muslim education.
Q: What degree programs will remain at Claremont School of Theology?
All Ph.D. programs, and the M.A. in Interdisciplinary or Comparative Studies (M.A. / Option C) are migrating to the new University from Claremont School of Theology. The Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Arts (M.A. Options A and B), and all Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) programs remain at the School of Theology.