The Claremont School of Theology, traces its history back to 1885 with the founding of the Maclay College of Theology in San Fernando, California. The School moved to its present Claremont site in 1957. The School is an ecumenical and globally oriented graduate school of the United Methodist Church, whose mission is to teach and learn within a tradition that stresses the quest for knowledge. In confidence that faith and reason should be inseparable, the School’s goal is educated and faithful leaders equipped to serve God in church, society, and higher education.
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, founded in 1927 and located in Claremont since 1951, offers a graduate program in Botany in cooperation with Claremont Graduate University. The graduate education places its main emphasis on the systematics and evolution of higher plants with an active research focus on native California plants and their conservation. Graduate classes and research work are conducted at the 86-acre garden facility adjacent to the main Claremont Colleges campus.