Bayan Claremont is pleased to announce that Claremont School of Theology (CST) has begun preliminary conversations with Willamette University (WU) about embedding CST within the Willamette campus located in Salem, Oregon.

This opportunity enables Claremont School of Theology to thrive in its mission.

As a school within Willamette University, CST would continue to operate as Claremont School of Theology – with its historic values and continuing degree programs – offering on-campus as well as hybrid courses. Should the partnership move forward based on further conversations, Willamette and CST would like to give as much time as possible to make the transition.

Bayan Claremont as a division of CST is excited by the new possibilities that this transition offers and is undertaking a due diligence process to explore how Bayan might participate in this arrangement.

It is worthwhile to note that any Bayan or CST student who begins a program in Fall 2017 should be able to finish coursework in Claremont, California and would be unaffected by this transition. Here are some additional points to keep in mind:

  1. Since 2011, Bayan Claremont has partnered with the Claremont School of Theology, and we value the support provided for the growth and development of Bayan’s programs. We anticipate a continued relationship with CST to provide our students with an exceptional theological education experience.
  2. Bayan Claremont attracts a wide-ranging student body from across the nation and beyond. Bayan will continue to serve as an institution preparing the next generation of transformative leaders for our diverse communities. Our hybrid intensive courses and other formats will continue to provide you with access to world-class professors.


Bayan Claremont has a long-term vision for developing as an educational institution addressing many areas of professional and scholarly expertise. Thank you for your trust and support as we continue to grow, evolve, and find innovative ways to prepare tomorrow’s leaders.




Jihad Turk

President, Bayan Claremont



We encourage you to refer to CST’s FAQ on their website for more detailed information at https://cst.edu/update-from-the-president/