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Claremont Lincoln University


Claremont Lincoln University

Claremont Lincoln University
Claremont Lincoln University
Established 2011 (2011)
President Eileen Aranda
Location Claremont, California, US
Website .org.claremontlincolnwww

Claremont Lincoln University (CLU) is a non-profit graduate school founded on the conviction that the world’s great philosophical, religious and ethical traditions are deep wells of wisdom for bringing people together to address perennial social problems. CLU takes an educational approach that immerses students in a dynamic learning community and encourages the exploration of diverse beliefs, values and traditions. All students are required to take courses in mindfulness, dialogue, collaboration and change (The Claremont Core), which enriches the learning experience with the critical skills needed to bring about change for the public good.[1]

Mission Statement

Claremont Lincoln University is a graduate university that provides innovative educational offerings with a global imperative. Students will develop capacities for compassionate leadership across social sectors. In an interconnected age, these individuals will engage in dialogue and collaboration across cultural, ideological, religious and economic perspectives. We achieve our mission with three areas of advanced inquiry and practice: ethical leadership, interfaith action, and social impact. Our students will integrate self-knowledge with critical perspectives and contemporary skills to create sustainable social change.[2]


In March 2008, the Board of Trustees at Claremont School of Theology voted to embark on an ambitious path to incubate a new interreligious graduate school. The new university would invite leaders, scholars and practitioners of the world’s great religious traditions to engage in dialogic education to decrease suspicion and foster collaboration in order to more effectively work toward positive social change. After over two years of planning, Claremont Lincoln University launched on May 16, 2011 with classes beginning the following fall.

In June 2013, Claremont Lincoln received Candidacy status from its regional accrediting body (WASC), which set it on a pathway to independence from its parent institution. In early 2014, Claremont Lincoln requested from WASC and was granted an independent accreditation process to continue its path toward initial accreditation. As part of this process, Claremont Lincoln assumed governance of its own educational programs and began charting a new path forward as a free-standing institution.


Claremont Lincoln University has been recognized as a Candidate for Accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. This status is a preliminary affiliation with the Commission awarded for a maximum period of four years. Candidacy is an indication that the institution is progressing toward accreditation. Candidacy is not accreditation and does not ensure eventual accreditation.[3]

Degree Programs

  • Master of Arts in Ethical Leadership[4]
  • Master of Arts in Interfaith Action[5]
  • Master of Arts in Social Impact[6]


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