Advanced Certificate in Interreligious Engagement

What You Will Learn

  • Exploring the theory, method, and approaches of Interreligious Engagement
  • Cultivate a basic understanding of the theological, theoretical, and  critical foundations of one or more religious traditions
  • Gain awareness and knowledge of existing power dynamics and structures in terms of gender, sexuality, race, class and identities targeted for oppression

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Course Requirements

Successful completion of four courses, including a combination of field-specific and elective courses from across the Union curriculum.

  • Three credits in an Interreligious Engagement (IE) course
  • Three credits in an area related to the Christian tradition, e.g.:
    • A Social Ethics (SE) course
    • A Theological Studies (TS) course
    • A History (CH) course
    • A New Testament (NT) or Old Testament (OT) course
    • A course related to the Christian tradition from another field
  • Three credits in another religious tradition:
    • A course in Islam
    • A course in Buddhism
    • A course in Judaism
  • Three additional credits from among any of the above categories


A student is eligible to apply for this program if they have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university, and a record of high achievement. Prior study in the field of religion is not required, but strong preparation in liberal arts studies is expected.

To apply, students are required to submit a $75 application fee, online application form, a statement of purpose, transcripts, CV or resume and letter of reference.

The total tuition cost for the certificate program is $10,000, which breaks down to $2,500 each for the four, required, three-credit courses. This tuition rate represents a discount of more than 35% off of our standard, per credit tuition. Students wishing to receive a physical copy of the certificate upon graduation/completion of the program will be charged an additional, minimal fee.

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