International Applicants


Welcome to our International Student Admissions page. Each year, students from across the globe choose to enroll at Claremont School of Theology.

Located in Southern California, students have many opportunities and access to the most religiously diverse region in the United States. With over 30 different nations represented on campus, we almost guarantee that you will build friendships with someone from another tradition.

International students attending Claremont School of Theology enjoy all the benefits of a quality education, world-renowned faculty, and a commitment to students at a safe, selective, and private campus that values diversity and promotes interreligious understanding. Our international students find CST as their home away from home.

For those with families, it’s important to know that on campus housing is available. We offer up to 3 bedroom apartments. Also, Claremont has some of the strongest school districts in the state of California for your children. Learn more about how you can be a part of such a wonderful community.

Admission Requirements:

Please review all admission requirements and deadlines by clicking here: http://www.cst.edu/admission/apply-now/deadline-requirements/.

In addition to application requirements for each program, international students must submit the following:
We require all applicants whose first language is not English to adequately demonstrate competency as part of the application process. Students may demonstrate competency by submitting scores from IELTS or TOEFL.

  • TOEFL iBT scores – Apart from exceptional circumstances, all applicants for whom English is a second language must submit valid, official, Internet-based (iBT) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. Computer-based (CBT) scores will only be accepted if an applicant lives in a country that does not offer the iBT. The minimum scores preferred by each program are as follows:

  • Masters – Composite score of 89 and a 20 on each section

  • Ph.D. – Composite score of 100 and a 20 on each section

  • DMIN – Composite score of 95 and a 20 on each section

The TOEFL is not required for applicants applying to the Doctor of Ministry in Practical Theology of Healing, Reconciliation and Transformation in Korean Contexts.

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores – The minimum scores preferred by each program are as follows:

  • Masters – Composite score of 6.5 and a 6 on each section

  • Ph.D. – Composite score of 7 and a 6.5 on each section

  • DMIN – Composite score of 7 and a 6.5 on each section

English Proficiency exemptions may be granted for students who have completed a Bachelors or Masters degree in the United States or in a country where English is the official language. Requests for TOEFL waivers should be sent to the Office of Admissions at admission@cst.edu.

Please ensure that all documents are submitted in English including your transcripts. Official transcripts must be sent from all schools attended after high school. The transcripts should be translated into English and mailed to Claremont School of Theology in a sealed envelope. Application materials should be mailed to the following address:

Claremont School of Theology
Office of Admission
1325 N. College Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711

Frequently Asked Questions:

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Scholarships and Cost:

International applicants will be considered for institutional aid including merit scholarships and endowed funds. All scholarships and endowed funds are based on a variety of criteria and availability.

Scholarship amounts will be communicated to the student at the time they have received their admission decision. There is no separate application to be eligible for scholarships. Your admission application is used for scholarship consideration.

Similar to other Theological Institutions, full scholarships are rare. International students should be prepared to seek out sponsors and additional resources to support their overall educational and living expenses while studying at Claremont School of Theology.

It is very important that you estimate your educational and living expenses carefully to make certain that you will have sufficient funds available to meet all your needs while studying at CST. You should not expect to receive any additional scholarships or financial assistance from the institution once you have registered for classes.

Admitted Students:

Once you have been admitted into Claremont School of Theology, please visit this page for instructions regarding what to do next, which will include information about orientation, housing and other important resources: http://www.cst.edu/admission/admitted-students-2/

International Student Visa:

Once you have been admitted please follow the steps on the following page in order to begin the process of obtaining your visa, which includes your affidavit of financial support.
http://www.cst.edu/international-students/incoming-students/obtaining-an-i-20-or-ds/

Additional Resources:

To receive additional information and resources to help with your transition to Claremont School of Theology, please review our International Student page: http://www.cst.edu/international-students/ You can also contact Leslie Rusch, the International Student Advisor, by phone at 909-447-2503 or by email at lrusch@cst.edu.

Questions for admissions:

If you have questions for the admissions office, please feel free to contact us directly by phone at 909-447-2507 or by email at admission@cst.edu.