What is the tuition?

The tuition is charged at a flat rate of $775 per unit. Most courses are taken for 3 units of graduate academic credit. The tuition per 3-unit course is $2,325. A typical semester course load for a full-time student is 9-12 units, or 3-4 courses per semester, thus ranging from $6,975 – $9,300 per semester. A 48-unit degree will cost approximately $37,200 in tuition, before scholarships are factored in.

There are no other fees, as the tuition paid during each semester covers campus services such as internet, email account, technical support, library access, writing center, student center access, etc.

International students approved to study at CST/Bayan pay the same rate for tuition as U.S. nationals, and there are no extra fees.

Non-degree-seeking individuals may audit a typical 3-unit course for $150/unit, or $450. No grade or transcript is provided to auditors.

When should I apply for admission to a degree program?

Bayan admits students to start their degree or certificate program in the Fall and Spring semesters. The priority deadline for starting coursework in the Fall is the preceding January 15. This will enable you to apply for certain scholarships and the annual financial aid cycle (FAFSA). However, we accept applications through the end of July for Fall term admission. The deadline for Spring term admission (courses start in late January) is the preceding December 1.

What are the language requirements for studying at Bayan?

All admitted students must be proficient in English, as all coursework is performed in English (except for language courses). Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency.

In order to graduate from the M.A. in Islamic Studies & Leadership program and the M.Div. in Islamic Chaplaincy program, matriculated students must demonstrate intermediate modern standard Arabic language proficiency (by completing Arabic 2A and 2B at Bayan, or equivalent coursework elsewhere). Proficiency may also be demonstrated via proctored examination. Speakers of a colloquial dialect of Arabic must likewise demonstrate proficiency in MSA or fus’ha (classical Arabic).

  • Students may enroll in Arabic 1A/1B at Bayan during Fall and Spring semesters (as elective courses) before enrolling in Arabic 2A/2B (as required courses) in the following academic year.
  • Arabic 1/1B and/or Arabic 2A/2B may be taken in an eight-week summer intensive program, instead of during the academic year.
  • If a student chooses to take a proficiency exam in lieu of Arabic 2A/B, two elective courses (6 units) must be taken to reach the required total for the student’s degree program.

Can I apply to Bayan even if my degree is in a non-religious field?

Yes. You can apply and be considered for admission if you have earned a Bachelor’s degree in any field. You may wish to comment on your educational background and life experience in the Personal Statement section of the application.

What are the application requirements to enroll at Bayan?

Applying to study at Bayan is straightforward. Please gather and submit the following:

  • Application formavailable online via CST
  • Application Fee – can be paid online, by check, or in person. The fee is $50 USD.
  • Personal Statement – a prompt is available through the online application form, and your response should not exceed 1,000 words. You can prepare it beforehand and then paste into the form, or upload a file.
  • Résumé or CV – either format is acceptable. Paste into the form, or upload a file.
  • Official Transcripts – official, sealed transcripts from all educational institutions attended after high school are required. Transcripts should be in English. Request transcripts to be mailed to CST directly from your prior institution(s).
  • Letters of Recommendationthree letters are required, two of which should be academic. Applicants who have been away from formal academic study for five or more years may select individuals who can comment on applicant’s academic potential and professional accomplishments. Provide the email addresses of your recommenders in the form.
  • English Proficiency – For applicants whose first language is not English, TOEFL iBT scores are required. Requests for TOEFL waivers are considered on an individual basis.

As a degree-seeking student, can I audit any courses?

Students enrolled in our degree programs can audit courses for free if they are already registered for at least 12 units of courses at the tuition rate. Students enrolled in less than 12 units can audit courses for $150/unit (i.e. $450 for the course). Courses that are audited do not provide a letter grade and cannot be counted towards degree requirements.

What is the enrollment procedure for students in degree programs?

Upon admission to a degree program, you will go through an online Orientation and interact with various campus personnel dedicated to student support. After that, you will be assigned an academic advisor who can discuss your course selection and course load during each semester as you make progress towards your degree.

During the advising meeting, your advisor will provide you with an enrollment PIN, a code that you must use on the CST Student Portal to officially enroll in courses before the registration deadline for the semester.

Once your enrollment is processed, you will be added to each of your course’s sites within the Sakai learning management system (LMS). Here you will be able to access the syllabus, announcements, assignments, discussion forums, multimedia and other resources provided by your professor. Sakai is generally used by all professors, regardless of the format in which their courses are offered, so it is important to regularly check your campus email and the LMS for course updates.

Can international students study at Bayan?

International students may apply for admission to a degree or certificate program, and provide the necessary transcripts and documentation.

Applicants must also supply evidence of English language proficiency. The minimum TOEFL score needed is 80 for the TOEFL iBT (or 550 for TOEFL Paper). A score above the minimum will increase the possibility of admission.

Admitted students must complete necessary steps for obtaining a student visa from the U.S. government, including paying applicable fees, in a timely manner prior to enrollment in courses.

Admitted students approved to study at CST/Bayan pay the same rate for tuition and fees as U.S. nationals. There are no extra fees charged by the school. Students in our degree program may receive a 35% scholarship to apply against the standard tuition and fees.

Costs for housing, travel, books, and supplies must be borne by the student or covered by other funding sources.

When are courses offered for the degree programs?

M.A. in Islamic Studies and Leadership (48 units: 15 courses + thesis)

  • Courses are offered in Fall and Spring semesters of each academic year to meet the needs of Executive Master’s and Traditional track students
  • Special Islamic Studies and Leadership electives offered in Summer and Winter sessions qualify, but are not required
  • You can complete this degree by enrolling in Fall and Spring courses only

M.A. in Islamic Education (48 units: 15 courses + thesis)

  • Most courses are taken in the Fall and Spring semesters; these are courses taken by students in other Bayan degree programs as well
  • Of the 5 courses in the Islamic Education concentration, 1 course is offered in Fall or Spring, and 4 courses are offered in the Summer session during a two-week timeframe in July
  • To complete this degree program, taking 4 concentration courses during a minimum of one Summer session is required
  • If fewer concentration courses are taken in one summer, the remainder can be taken in subsequent summers, impacting the time to degree completion

M.Div. in Islamic Chaplaincy (72 units: 22 courses + thesis)

  • Most courses are taken in the Fall and Spring semesters; these are courses taken by students in other Bayan degree programs as well
  • 8 chaplaincy-related courses are offered in a Summer/Winter sequence: 4 courses in the Summer session and 4 in the Winter session
  • Summer session courses are offered during a two-week timeframe in July
  • Winter session courses are offered during a two-week timeframe in early January
  • To complete this degree program, taking 8 chaplaincy-related courses during a minimum of one Summer/Winter is required
  • If fewer concentration courses are taken in one Summer/Winter, the remainder can be taken in subsequent sessions, impacting the time to degree completion

Why should I enroll in a Certificate program?

A Graduate Certificate from Bayan is a great way to enhance your foundation or further develop your expertise in an area of interest. Certificate students enroll in the same graduate-level courses as degree-seeking graduate students at Bayan for credit and grades, but without the expectation of completing a degree program. The advantage is that these credits and grades (B or better) can be transferred into one of our degree programs at a later date. You can enroll in one or more courses this way, once you are admitted as a Certificate student. Enrollment is at the full course tuition rate, and Certificate students are not eligible for scholarships or financial aid.

So, a certificate can either be a great way to get started on your higher education journey, or a great way to acquire additional knowledge and skills if you already have a Master’s or other post-baccalaureate degree.

Can I earn a Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy, rather than the M.Div. degree?

Yes! If you already have a Master’s degree or are in the process of completing one (such as Bayan’s 48-unit M.A. in Islamic Studies & Leadership), you can separately earn a 24-unit Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy. This would be equivalent to the 72-unit M.Div. in Islamic Chaplaincy. Certificate students take the same graduate-level courses as degree-seeking students.

When are Certificate courses offered?

Certificate in Islamic Studies and Leadership (12 units – 4 courses)

  • Select 4 courses from the Islamic Studies courses offered in Fall and Spring semesters each academic year
  • Special Islamic Studies and Leadership electives offered in Summer and Winter sessions may also qualify
  • You can complete this certificate in one semester, or across several semesters

Certificate in Islamic Education (12 units – 4 courses)

  • The 4 courses required for the Certificate are offered each Summer during a two-week timeframe in July
  • You can complete the certificate in one summer, or across several summers if taking less than 4 courses

Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy (24 units – 8 courses)

  • This Certificate’s 8 courses are offered in a Summer/Winter sequence: 4 courses in the Summer session and 4 in the Winter session
  • Summer session courses are offered during a two-week timeframe in July
  • Winter session courses are offered during a two-week timeframe in early January
  • You can complete the certificate in one summer/winter, or across several summers and winters

How is Arabic taught online?

Bayan’s innovative online Arabic program features structured, self-paced work using a textbook, its companion website, and other online resources, as well as regularly scheduled online meetings with the instructor.

The self-paced work is considered “asynchronous,” which means you can do it at a time convenient to you and this does not require working at the same time with the instructor or peers. However, you still must complete assignments and follow the curriculum in a timely manner to stay on schedule for completing the course sections by the indicated due dates.

The scheduled online meetings are conducted using web conferencing software for live, or “synchronous,” meetings with the instructor and peers. This provides an opportunity to review your learning, produce language at the appropriate level of proficiency as you make progress in the course, and gain more insights about Arabic linguistics, grammar, dialects, idioms, and usage.

When are the online Arabic courses offered?

Bayan offers Beginning (1 A/B) and Intermediate Arabic (2 A/B) at the university level.

Courses for graduate academic credit:

This option is only available for graduate students seeking course credit in their degree programs.

  • Fall Semester: Arabic 1A and 2A (first semester of full-year sequence)
  • Spring Semester: Arabic 1B and 2B (second semester of full-year sequence)
  • Summer Session: Arabic 1A/1B or 2A/2B combined in eight-week intensive format

Students enrolled in degree programs at Bayan or partner schools must enroll via the Empower student registration portal. Students at other graduate institutions can enroll using a special form (please contact us).

Courses for continuing education credit:

This option is intended for community members and is offered at a lower rate. No official grade or transcript is provided, but a Certificate of Completion is issued to successful students.

  • Fall Semester: Arabic 1A Extension and 2A Extension (first semester of full-year sequence)
  • Spring Semester: Arabic 1B Extension and 2B Extension (second semester of full-year sequence); Arabic 1A and 2A may be re-offered from time to time as well
  • Summer Session: Arabic 1A/1B Extension or 2A/2B Extension combined in eight-week intensive format

See the Bayan Extension section of the website for Continuing Education registration information.

What is Bayan Claremont?

Bayan Claremont is an Islamic graduate school established in 2011, offering accredited Master’s degrees in the areas of Islamic studies, leadership and non-profit management, religious education and chaplaincy. The Arabic word “Bayan” signifies clear and eloquent speech, a quality we strive to instill in our graduate students.

Currently, Bayan’s degrees are accredited as part of the Claremont School of Theology, located in Claremont, CA. As a higher education institution, Bayan plans to offer additional Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in the coming years, and to achieve independent accreditation through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Does Bayan Claremont adhere to a particular sect or school of thought?

Bayan is a mainstream Islamic higher education institution, respecting the broad classical Islamic tradition and scholarly legacy and exploring contemporary Islamic thought and perspectives. Admission is open to all self-identified Muslim students of any madhhab (school of thought) or sect, and to those of other faiths who are engaged constructively with the Muslim community. Our faculty members teach courses in an academic fashion that accounts for the diversity of human experience and thought within and beyond Islamic civilization and tradition. Bayan accommodates religious diversity and promotes mutual respect as part of its commitment to productive and congenial student life.

Does Bayan admit men and women?

Yes. All qualified applicants are eligible for admission into any of our M.A. degree programs and certificate programs. Bayan educates women alongside men to take on religious leadership and scholarly roles in a range of communities and professional contexts. It remains for individual Muslim communities to define the specific capacities in which women and men shall serve those communities’ respective needs and wishes. Bayan does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, color, sex, age, veteran status, or disability.

Do Bayan’s programs include practical aspects?

Definitely. Bayan is dedicated to providing a solid academic foundation for religious leadership, spiritual care (chaplaincy) and counseling, and building on that foundation with real world experiences in a range of institutional and community contexts. Bayan students engage in intrafaith and interreligious events organized with partner schools, houses of worship and community organizations. They also volunteer and organize community events related to humanitarian, social justice, and educational causes, and have the opportunity to be placed in internships in healthcare, correctional, governmental, and non-profit contexts, as well as in Muslim community environments.

Is the interfaith environment conducive to strengthening one’s own faith?

Unlike purely secular institutions of higher learning, the inter-religious theological school environment provides rigorous academic training and practical experience with religious leadership and spirituality in mind. As such, all confessional beliefs are a welcome part of the discourse. Furthermore, all of the partner schools — Claremont School of Theology, Bayan Claremont, University of the West, and the Academy for Jewish Religion, California — have an agreement to not proselytize any students towards any faith tradition. We have found that students trained deeply in their own traditions in an inter-religious environment are more committed to their own beliefs, yet more prepared to engage other people of faith on issues of common concern.

Where is Bayan Claremont located?

Bayan Claremont currently operates as a division of the Claremont School of Theology (CST). Bayan maintains offices on the CST campus, and has access to classrooms, auditorium, conference rooms, the library, and various institutional services.

The campus address is:

1325 N. College Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

This is just east of the intersection of Indian Hill Blvd. and Foothill Blvd.

Tel: (909) 447-6347

How can I study at Bayan?

You can benefit from Bayan’s educational programs in the following ways:

  • Formally enroll in one of our Master’s degree programs on a full-time or part-time basis [Degree-seeking student]
  • Pursue a Graduate Certificate by taking the relevant graduate courses, and earn a grade that appears on a transcript; transfer this coursework into a degree program at Bayan or elsewhere [Non-degree seeking student]
  • Take an assortment of graduate courses of your choice for transfer credit, and earn a grade that appears on a transcript; transfer this coursework into a degree program at Bayan or elsewhere [Non-degree seeking student]
  • Audit an assortment of graduate courses of your choice; no grade can be earned, and coursework cannot be applied to a degree program [Community member]

Anyone can enroll in a variety of courses offered through Bayan Extension (Continuing Education and Life-long Learning). Some courses offer CEUs (continuing education units) and/or informal certificates of completion.

Is a donation to Bayan Claremont tax-deductible?

Yes. Bayan Claremont is a part of Claremont School of Theology, an independent 501c3 non-profit organization registered in the State of California.

Donations to Bayan are handled through the Claremont School of Theology’s business office (accounting). Checks written to support Bayan should be made out to the Claremont School of Theology, with Bayan Claremont written in the Memo line.
CST’s EIN is: 95-1904355


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Is a donation to Bayan Claremont zakat-eligible?

Any donation you make to Bayan Claremont specified as zakat will be earmarked accordingly, and used to support students in financial need and provide free-of-charge educational programming that serves the cause of God (fi sabeel Allah) by making Islamic knowledge available and creating positive connotations of Islam within society at large.
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Does Bayan accept foreign funds?

Private individuals world-wide are welcome to donate to this institution. Bayan does not accept sovereign funds from foreign governments.