Bayan Claremont’s degree programs and certificates provide high-caliber and relevant postgraduate education to individuals cultivating careers that involve working in settings addressing the needs of Muslim and interfaith communities.

We currently offer the following accredited graduate degrees, as a division of the Claremont School of Theology:

Time to Degree

The M.A. degree program takes two academic years to complete, on a full-time basis, culminating with a Master’s thesis or project. The M.Div. requires three years of coursework, and a thesis/summative exercise. Participation in a suitable Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program is not required to graduate, but is recommended for those intending to become board certified chaplains.

Course Formats

Bayan courses are offered in the following modalities:

Hybrid Intensive
 – in this innovative course format, faculty and students meet on campus for six intensive days of class per course (five hours per day) plus pre- and post-class retreats and activities. The in-person meetings are scheduled during weeks four and five of the semester. Two courses are taught in the first week, and two in the second, for a total of four courses in the two-week period.

Some of the benefits of the hybrid intensive format include:

  • Study with prominent scholars from around the country who come to Bayan as visiting faculty members to teach various courses.
  • Experience sustained engagement with faculty and fellow students in and beyond the classroom during the in-person sessions.
  • Obtain your accredited Master’s degree without relocating to Southern California.
  • Save money on housing and living expenses — come to campus only for up to 2 weeks each semester.
  • Implement what you learn immediately within your own community.

On-Campus – courses are taught in a traditional format: weekly three-hour in-person class meetings over the entire semester.

Online – courses in this format are fully online and require working at a consistent pace throughout the semester. Course readings, written assignments, activities and live meetings are indicated in the syllabus, and vary from course to course.

Executive Master's Track

We’ve designed an Executive Master’s track for working professionals and others needing flexibility: complete your degree by taking all courses strictly in the Hybrid Intensive format (see benefits above). For full-time students, this requires being on campus only two weeks per semester, and rest of the coursework is accomplished online. (Some degree programs include Summer and Winter hybrid intensive courses).