A United Methodist Seminary
Claremont School of Theology (CST) is an exciting environment for United Methodists preparing for ministry in challenging times. One of the 13 United Methodist seminaries, working closely with the California-Pacific, Desert Southwest, and other annual conferences of the Western Jurisdiction. Deeply rooted in our Wesleyan heritage, we prepare graduates for the multi-religious, multicultural world in which we serve.
CST draws students from diverse nations, and serves as the site for the UMC National United Methodist Native American Center, the Center for Pacific and Asian-American Ministries, and the Center for Global Methodism. We offer real opportunities for study and fellowship in Methodist communities around the world.
Equally important, we have outstanding, ordained United Methodist faculty with years of experience in the local church, cross-cultural ministries, college and hospital chaplaincy settings, ministry to persons with disabilities, and new church starts. Worship and fellowship activities plus internships in United Methodist congregations provide great opportunities for students beyond the classroom.
United Methodist Curriculum & Resources
3-year/81-unit degree with a UM track for Elder’s ordination, including denominational requirements (UM History, Doctrine, Polity, Evangelism and Mission) and a UM-section Worship class. Students work in UM congregations as part of their field education/internship requirements. Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is available for Annual Conference requirements.
2-year/48-unit degree with a UM track for Deacon’s ordination.
2-year/32-unit bilingual degree that is designed for Korean and Korean-American clergy.
Available for all required courses for UM ordination.
Course offerings are taught in UM congregations in the heart of Los Angeles.
5-year summer program for those seeking to be a licensed local pastor in the UMC.
Provides additional educational opportunities as well as fellowship activities for UM students.
Academic Advising Opportunities
Inquiring UM students are encouraged to contact Rev. Dr. Kathy Black, one of the UM academic advisors, at email@example.com or 909-447-6315.