Admissions & Application Information

In keeping with Claremont Graduate University's general educational philosophy, decisions about admissions are individualized and based on a wide range of information rather than on predetermined criteria. Evaluation of your ability to pursue graduate study in religion will be based on several types of evidence:

  • official undergaduate and graduate transcripts, when applicable
  • GRE test scores
  • three reference letters from former professors or professional colleagues
  • personal statement

In addition to the GRE, all international applicants without a previous degree from an English-language institution and whose native language is not English must also submit TOEFL scores. Please review the Test Scores section on the CGU Admissions pages for further details.


Although CGU has a rolling admissions policy for receipt of application materials, a priority deadline of February 1 for the following fall semester is recommended for full consideration. If you wish to be considered for institutional fellowship, you must submit your application by February 1. Fellowship are merit-based and are generally announced in March or April for the following academic year.

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