Interfaith Action, M.A.

Master of Arts in Interfaith Action

In an era characterized by religious pluralism and ideological polarization, the M.A. in Interfaith Action is designed for leaders already working in faith-based organizations, religious communities, and other public arenas such as governmental agencies, NGOs, and the civil service, in which religious multiplicity can simultaneously be a source of conflict and a rich resource for positive change. The degree equips such leaders for deeper understanding and more effective social engagement for individual transformation, organizational leadership and sustainable social change.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explore and interpret religion in relation to structures of power and privilege and in the context of cultural, political, and economic histories.
  • Demonstrate an integrated knowledge of research and construct an evolving literacy of major religious traditions and cultural identities.
  • Appraise the function of religio-cultural identities and apply strategies to resolve moral-based conflicts in a way that is non-defensive, confident, and respectful.
  • Research, collaborate, design, and implement high-impact strategies in a leadership action plan for social change.
  • Analyze and interrogate normative and popular categories of religion while developing a post-secular awareness to interpret the evolving role of religious and secular traditions in the public sphere.
  • Develop and demonstrate the interpersonal and engagement skills necessary for effective leaders in a global community or organization.

Center for the Study of Religion, Culture and Foreign Affairs

CSRCFA-Logo-ColorThe Center for the Study of Religion, Culture and Foreign Affairs promotes the cultivation of scholar-practitioners by advancing interdisciplinary research that explores the intersection between religion and culture in foreign policy. By advancing faculty and student relations, the Center strives to:

  • Support faculty and student development by cultivating practitioner-led research and disseminating findings to key stakeholders;
  • Encourage innovative practices in diplomacy and public discourse between faith-based practitioners and state actors; and
  • Foster public dialogue between scholars, students, and practitioners on the impact of religion, and cultural-based issues in local and global contexts.

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1030 units
Completion Time
15 MonthsFull-time (2 classes per term)
Total Program Cost
$15,000($500 per unit)
OnlineOpportunities for face-to-face learning are available throughout the program
Courses Begin
Jan | Apr | Jul | Oct
Next Application Deadline:
September 1, 2016

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Full-time students take two classes each 10-week term — one that’s specific to their program and another from The Claremont Core.

Interfaith Action Claremont Core®
Power and Privilege in Self and Society Mindfulness
Approaching Religion Dialogue
Negotiating Moral Conflict Collaboration
Interfaith Leadership in a Global Context Change
Religion in the Public Sphere: Faith, Politics & Rhetoric  
Capstone Action Project  
Ethical Leadership Courses
The Claremont Core

The Claremont Core®

Interfaith Action is an emerging specialty that demands critical skills and perspectives from beyond the religious and/or theological disciplines in order to be effective in post-secular contexts. These contexts point to the increasing presence of religion-based conflict and tension between sacred and secular opinion-formers in the public sphere.

Our emerging globalized age demands a unique set of human skills and critical perspectives for those who yearn to be effective change-makers in the world. The Claremont Core® is an integrated sequence of advanced courses in which change-makers like you will develop human capacities for awareness of self and others, engaging dialogue and collaboration across differences, and effective strategies for organizational and community transformation.

The Core classes begin by introducing you to life-long practices for self-discovery and compassion to sustain you and those around you as you more fully engage across religious and cultural boundaries. The core also offers valuable tools as you engage in interreligious dialogue, pluralistic collaboration, and more effective social change. Moreover, the opportunity to learn about emerging perspectives and best practices from those in other social sectors will only enhance your effectiveness as a social change agent.

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The Capstone Action Project (CAP)

After taking the Claremont Core® sequence and courses in their respective degrees, students at Claremont Lincoln conclude their experience with a Capstone Action Project that embodies our mission of putting wisdom to work.

As the final course in the M.A. in Interfaith Action degree program, the Capstone Action Project provides students the opportunity to demonstrate the integration of the program-level and institutional learning outcomes through a hands-on project in their professional or community context. The capstone offers the student a platform to clearly define and analyze complexities related to interfaith engagement, produce action-oriented solutions, and present their findings in  a written report. Students have the option to conduct either a vocational or avocational capstone.  Several examples include:

  • Designing an interfaith eco-justice training manual with a non-governmental organization to empower women in underdeveloped nations.
  • Implementing a long-term strategic plan to enrich scared-secular dialogical relations in Southern California.
  • Collaborating with Turkish faith-based community partners to build an interfaith curriculum.
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Ethical Leadership Capstone Action Project
Online Learning

Online Learning

All courses are offered entirely in an online format through a course management system that is easy to use, educationally effective and accessible on mobile devices. The asynchronous format allows you to set your own schedule and complete assignments when it is most convenient for you while building deep community with faculty and other students from across the nation and around the world.

Weekend Gatherings

Twice a year, at the beginning of the academic term, the University invites students, faculty, supporters, and friends – thinkers, artists and leaders alike – to gather together for meet-ups. During the gatherings, attendees learn from each other, engage in authentic dialogue, and consider the latest ideas from thought-leaders in our three areas of engagement.  This access to renowned global leaders, together with fellow students in an intimate setting, sharing meals, building relationships, and problem solving are distinctive hallmarks of the CLU experience.

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Summits & Gatherings
Potential Career Fields

Potential Career Fields

Claremont Lincoln University places a strong emphasis on preparing professionals across industries to lead with vision and purposes. Our programs teach you to develop capacities for awareness of self and others, engage in dialogue and collaboration across differences, and implement effective strategies for organizational and community transformation.

Upon completion of your Master’s degree at Claremont Lincoln University, you will possess the skills to pursue a wide range of careers in a number of industries. They are as diverse as our student body and reflect the multi-disciplinary aspect of the program. Some examples include:

Conflict Resolution Specialist
Campus Ministry
Student Services
Public Relations
Human Resources
Public Administration
Business Administration
Faith-Based Organizations
Social Services
Local Ministries
Social Entrepreneurship
Non-Profit Management
Public Policy
International Relations