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Online Master's Degree
Peace and Social Justice

Online Master's Degree:Peace and Social Justice

Interfaith Action Concentration

Addressing Social Issues Through Interfaith Engagement — The M.A. in Peace and Social Justice with a Concentration in 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.

The online master's in Peace and Social Justice with a Concentration in Interfaith Action program can help you develop the social, religious and political perspectives, collaborative engagement, and self-reflection skills you need to become an interfaith ambassador.

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Potential Growth for
Peace & Social Justice

Online Master's in Peace and Social Justice
$38,980
Median
Annual Wage

7% Expected
Employment
Growth*
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics,
U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook
Handbook, Directors, Religious Activities & Education
(May, 2017); *From 2016-2026
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LEARNING OUTCOMES

This M.A. in Peace and Social Justice with a Concentration in Interfaith Action aligns with the mission of Claremont Lincoln University to educate leaders capable of reaching across differences to create a more just and sustainable world. In this program you will learn:

  • Power & Privilege: Explore and interpret religion in relation to structures of power and privilege and in the context of cultural, political, and economic histories.
  • Religious Literacy: Demonstrate an integrated knowledge of research and construct an evolving literacy of major religious traditions and cultural identities.
  • Conflict Resolution: Appraise the function of religion-cultural identities and apply strategies to resolve moral-based conflicts in a way that is non-defensive, confident, and respectful.
  • Action Research: Research, collaborate, design, and implement high-impact strategies in a leadership action plan for social change.
  • Post-Secular Understanding: 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.
  • Interpersonal Communication: Develop and demonstrate the interpersonal and engagement skills necessary for effective leaders in a global community or organization.

CAREERS

As a graduate of the Peace and Social Justice with a Concentration in Interfaith Action, you'll be prepared to approach your vocation from a new perspective. The skills & competencies this degree offers you can apply to careers in:

  • Ministries
  • Missionary organizations
  • Social service agencies
  • Non-government organizations
  • Non-profits
  • Faith-based organizations

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

A completed Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution is required to apply to Claremont Lincoln University. Neither a GRE or GMAT score is required for enrollment.

APPLICATION PROCESS

The Admissions process has been streamlined for applicants to complete the online application in 15 minutes or less. Unofficial Transcripts and a current Resume or CV are required to be uploaded with the online application. The Enrollment Committee will then review the application and determine an acceptance status within 24 business hours. A determination letter will then be sent, and in return, an acknowledgment of its receipt will be needed. The Admissions, Financial and Student Services Team will finalize any other necessary items to complete Enrollment.

Claremont Lincoln University reserves the right to request additional items as deemed necessary by the enrollment committee to determine student readiness for the graduate level workload. Claremont Lincoln University reserves the right to accept, provisionally accept, or deny students upon the evaluation of all admission documents.

Required Degree Courses

Peace and Social Justice with a Concentration in Interfaith Action Courses.

The Interfaith Action concentration is taken along with courses from The Claremont Core®. These courses teach the engagement skills necessary to implement the theories and ideas of interfaith action and social justice.

Peace and Social Justice Courses

MIA 5301
Power and Privilege in Self and Society
OPEN
Personal, organizational and social transformation occurs along cultural landscapes where core ideals are contested, provoking acts of power and privilege. To be effective in arenas of religious diversity and social change, leaders must have advanced understandings of their own contexts of power and privilege and how to lead effectively given these dynamics. In this course, you will engage contemporary theories of power and privilege in a postcolonial age, be able to identify multiple dimensions of these phenomena in interpersonal and social contexts, and demonstrate capacities for self-awareness and effective negotiation of power differentials in communal and/or organizational contexts.
MIA 5302
Approaching Religion
OPEN
Establishing an in-depth understanding of religion is essential to defining points of similarity and pluralism in society. This course will assist students in establishing a critical and contextualized understandings of religion, demonstrate an integrated knowledge of research for understanding religion and models for religious engagement, and develop your ability to challenge philosophical assumptions about religion.
MIA 5303
Negotiating Moral Conflict
OPEN
As new conflicts of an intractable nature develop, you will need a set of inter-disciplinary skills to identify and dismantle moral-based conflicts. In this course, you will acquire subject-specific knowledge of theories and concepts related to social constructionism, cultural competence, conflict resolution, and their application to global, regional and local contexts. Several contemporary developments will be addressed as case studies during the term. These cases will help to sharpen your conflict resolution skills to assess conflict scenarios, develop robust mediation strategies, and design a collaborative peace plan.
MIA 5304
Interfaith Leadership in a Global Context
OPEN
The Interfaith Leader is a transformative action-oriented figure who is able to identify a social problem and craft a vision that incorporates key opinion-formers to respond to an issue. Transformative leadership is a skill that requires a nuanced understanding of social phenomena, self-awareness, and an interdisciplinary skill-set to implement culturally competence measures to lead diverse teams. You should come to this course prepared to engage in interfaith leadership in theoretical and practical ways that includes taking on specific leadership challenges while receiving the intellectual orientation, knowledge, tools, and resources to help maximize your response to local and international issues. This course explores the impact of transformative leadership through the work of celebrated interfaith leaders and their response to practicing the Golden Rule, promoting social justice, grassroots organizing, and interfaith cooperation within multiple contexts.
MIA 5305
Religion in the Public Sphere: Faith, Politics, & Rhetoric
OPEN
In religiously plural societies, the ability to engage and communicate fairly across sacred-secular lines is a core skill that social change agents need in the twenty-first century. This course explores the complexities of secularism and religion and its intersection with political systems, social values, and sub-movements in the public sphere. In this course, you will develop a post-secular awareness to interpret the evolving role of sacred and secular traditions while identifying new measures to foster collaborative relations between actors in the public sphere.
MCC 5301
Claremont Core — Mindfulness
OPEN
At Claremont Lincoln, mindfulness is defined as "focused awareness in the present moment and cultivation of compassion in self and others," skills which are essential for sustained human development and broader engagement. To that end, this course involves you first and foremost in practices that cultivate self-awareness, mindful reflection, concentration, empathy and compassion (for self and others). By the end of the course, you will better understand the varieties of mindfulness practice, gain personal experience with practicing mindfulness, and be able to apply mindfulness principles in your personal and professional contexts. You will also begin to explore what issue or context you will engage in your Capstone Action Project (CAP).
MCC 5302
Claremont Core — Dialogue
OPEN
Effective dialogue is mindful communication that allows shared understanding among diverse constituencies. This course provides critical perspectives and creative activities to increase your communication effectiveness. You will be able to articulate contemporary theories and practices of dialogue to reframe conflict for shared understanding. By the end of the course, you will be able to practice interpersonal, intercultural, and interreligious dialogue in private, professional and public contexts. You also will identify potential dialogue partners around the issue you will address in your CAP.
MCC 5303
Claremont Core — Collaboration
OPEN
Collaboration is the co-creative dialogue among key stakeholders to develop strategies for positive change. In this course you will learn to develop strategies to engage diverse stakeholders effectively and create conditions for them to synthesize diverse perspectives. This includes the ability to work with people in a collaborative effort, no matter what cultural diversity or social privilege may exist. By the end of the course, you will be able to better manage interpersonal and organizational conflict and lead in a way that leverages intelligence and self-organization. You also will identify and secure commitment from collaborators for your CAP.
MCC 5304
Claremont Core — Change
OPEN
This course engages students in change-making, which is effective collaboration that generates positive and sustainable impact in society. In this course, you will integrate capacities from across the Claremont Core (mindfulness, dialogue and collaboration) to effectively design a project that positively affects a social situation. You will learn to evaluate the effectiveness of a project to improve it. You will demonstrate these abilities by designing an action plan for your CAP.
MIA 5306
Capstone Action Project
OPEN
Putting Your Ideas into Action — Your educational experience at Claremont Lincoln University culminates in the Capstone Action Project. This self-directed project draws on your entire educational experience where you research, analyze, and determine appropriate methods and contemporary strategies for designing and implementing initiatives that generate positive social impact.

Capstone Case Study Examples

The Claremont Core®

The Claremont Core Curriculum helps you develop
engagement skills for creating a sustainable impact.

In an increasingly interconnected world, leaders who want to make positive, sustainable change need to develop the critical perspectives and collaborative skills necessary to reach across traditional barriers of ideology, culture, and faith. At CLU, we put development of these capabilities at the center of our degree programs. The result is the Claremont Core®, a sequence of four innovative courses. Progress through the Core takes you through a process of self-awareness and steadily evolves towards engagement with others and society at large. Learn More.

CLU's Online Programs Advantages

Claremont Lincoln's master's degree programs all have the distinct advantage of being 100% online, providing the flexibility to determine how and when coursework is performed. CLU master's degree programs can be completed in 15 months at a low cost of $15,000. In addition, the Admissions process has been streamlined for convenience. Neither a GRE or GMAT score is required to apply or be admitted.

Master's
Degree
$15k Total
Tuition
100% Online
Program
Flexible
Schedules
15 Month
Degree
No GRE or
GMAT Required

CLU is a Nonprofit University

Claremont Lincoln University is a non-profit, "online-by-design", graduate university providing socially conscious education and multiplying social impact through the work of its students in the world.

As a nonprofit university, Claremont Lincoln University is focused on the student's learning experience as well as their career success. Funds received from donations, endowments and tuition go directly to curriculum and to enriching our students' education.

Since CLU is both online and nonprofit, the university is able to serve students who are not well served by traditional institutions and universities— allowing the university to deliver the innovative education its founder and benefactor David C. Lincoln envisioned.

Accreditation

Claremont Lincoln University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 748-9001.

The Commission has confirmed that Claremont Lincoln University has satisfactorily addressed the Core Commitments to Student Learning and Success; Quality and Improvement; and Institutional Integrity, Sustainability, and Accountability and is found to be in substantial compliance with the WSCUC Standards of Accreditation.

To obtain a copy of Claremont Lincoln University's WASC accreditation, please contact:

Stephanie Varnon-Hughes
Accreditation Liaison Officer
alo@ClaremontLincoln.edu

State Licensures

Claremont Lincoln University has entered into a complaint agreement for private non-profit institutions with the California Bureau of Post-Secondary Education (BPPE).

Department of Consumer Affairs
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA. 95833

Chief Complaint Unit
Phone: 916-431-6959
Email: bppe@dca.ca.gov
Fax: 916-263-1897

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What Students Are Saying About CLU

Here is what some of our current and past students are saying about Claremont Lincoln University. We are committed to being a student-centered community and are proud of how we have continued to establish dialogue and long-lasting relationships with our graduates by showcasing their action-oriented and impactful work across the globe.

Sami Hoda
Master's of Organizational Leadership '17

"All in all, I am better equipped to be an agent of positive change. I have found ways to use my education in my current work environment and in the volunteer work I do in education and with non-profits."

Kathy Trujillo
Master's in Ethical Leadership '16

"In speaking to the CLU core, every student can expect an emersion in developing skills that will enhance personal leadership and self awareness. I hope that CLU meets every students' expectations with a bit of surprise and magic mixed in."

"I am a lifelong learner and am convinced that our reward is commensurate with our effort. Some students will just want to be able to place an M.A. after their name while others are seeking ways to change the world. With the mix of world class professors and an exemplary cohort, I believe students will not finish the program in the same mindset that they started. Everything fit together so perfectly and the scaffolding made the entire program manageable."

"I am most proud of heeding the prompt to "reinvent" myself during the 18-month program and to put my energy in an environment where I can make a difference."

David Reid
Master's in Social Impact '17

"I have had an association with seafaring for fifty years, having served in the British Merchant Navy at the beginning of my working career. In later years, I served as a board trustee with the Seamen's Church Institute in Philadelphia, and more recently I began volunteering as a chaplain. I realized that I could use my Capstone project to bring value to the needs of the seafarer mission."

"When I chose my Capstone project I selected a project that would create value, there are many research questions that a student may choose. In my view, it is better to find an issue that will enable a benefit that translates to value in use. This then ensures that the time and effort spent on the research will endure and be meaningful."

Meet Our Faculty

Many hard working professionals contribute to a Claremont Lincoln University education. Here are just a few of the great faculty and staff that you will meet at CLU:

Keith Augustus Burton, Ph.D., Faculty Chair, Teaching Faculty

Dr. Keith Augustus Burton is the Chair of the Master of Arts in Peace and Social Justice program at Claremont Lincoln University where he also directs the Center for the Study of Religion Culture and Foreign Affairs. His primary appointment is at Oakwood University where he directs the Center for Adventist-Muslim Relations at the School of Religion. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Religious and Theological Studies from Northwestern University. The recipient of an Award of Merit from the Associated Church Press, Dr. Burton has several publications in the areas of interfaith relations and social justice, including "God Bless Afghanistan: The Rhetoric of Justice in the Sermon on the Plain." He teaches courses relating to religious identity, interfaith cooperation and social justice.

Juan Caraball-Resto, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Dr. Juan Caraballo Resto is the Director of the Honors Program at the University of Puerto Rico and the Director for the M.A. in Religious Studies program at the Theological Seminary of Puerto Rico. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Anthropology from the University of Aberdeen and a Diploma in Modern Standard Arabic from the University of Jordan. His upcoming book is titled, Global Labels, Local Meanings: Islamic 'Fundamentalism' Across Cultures. He teaches courses on interfaith cooperation, social justice and religious traditions.

Hwa-Young Chong, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Dr. Hwa Young Chong serves on the Round Table for Peace in the Korean Peninsula for the United Methodist Church. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Religious and Theological Studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Dr. Chong is the author of In Search of God's Power in Broken Bodies: A Theology of Maum and blogs on the theme Dreaming with God: Spiritual Writings on Peace, Justice and Love. She teaches courses on interfaith cooperation, religion in the public life and social justice.

Bethlehem Dejene, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Dr. Bethlehem Dejene is a cultural ambassador for GoCulture.org, an organization that equips students, ex-patriots and others with cultural skills to foster smooth transition and mutual understanding in a new cultural context. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology from Northwestern University. She is involved in filmmaking and contributed several articles to the Encyclopedia of Christianity in the Global South. She teaches courses in religion and culture.

Alisher Faizullaev, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Dr. Alisher Faizuallev served as the Ambassador for Uzbekistan to the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology from the Russian Academy of Sciences and a Higher Doctorate in Political Sciences from the University of World Economy and Diplomacy. He has authored numerous books and articles, including "Symbolic Insult in Diplomacy: A Subtle Game of Diplomatic Slap." His vast experience is a huge bonus for the courses he teaches in diplomacy, conflict resolution and peace studies.

Lori L. Fazzino, M.A., Teaching Faculty

Ms. Lori Fazzino is a Research Associate for the Atheist Research Collaborative. She holds a Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she is also in the candidacy stage for her Doctor of Philosophy. She recently co-edited the collection of essays, Organized Secularism in the United States: New Directions in Research. She teaches courses on interfaith leadership, religious tolerance and social justice.

David Gottlieb, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Dr. David Gottlieb is the co-founder and founding executive director of Full Circle Communities, a philanthropic nonprofit developer of affordable housing and provider of social services. He is also a volunteer facilitator for "Reading Between the Lines," which teaches critical thinking and reading skills to women and men transitioning out of the prison system. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in the History of Judaism from the University of Chicago Divinity School. Among his public scholarship activities is his role as producer and co-host for the "New Books in Jewish Studies" podcast. Dr. Gottlieb teaches courses on interfaith leadership and social justice.

Rev. Dr. Kathleen Green, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Dr. Kathleen Green currently serves as the Executive Director for the Yale Humanist Community. She received a Doctor of Ministry in Multifaith Studies from New York Theological Seminary. She writes for the Journal of Religious Humanism and holds membership in several professional organizations. Dr. Green teaches courses in interfaith relations, and social justice.

Gregory O. Hall, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Dr. Gregory Hall is President of the Bluegrass Chapter of the United Nations Association and the Executive Director of Daisy Alliance, an NGO that sponsors student simulations addressing global conflicts. On the academic front, he serves as Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky's Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. His upcoming book is tentatively titled, Power Relations in the Post-Obama Era: Examining US-China-Russia Relations. He teaches courses on conflict resolution, diplomacy and peace studies.

S. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Dr. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana previously served as the Associate Director for the Salam Institute for Peace in Washington, DC. Her current position is Associate Director of the Conflict Resolution Program at Georgetown University. Among her publications is the book, Standing on an Isthmus: Islamic Approaches to War and Peace in Palestine. She teaches in the areas of peacebuilding, human rights, and intercultural dialogue.

Sarah Montgomery Richards, M.A., Teaching Faculty

Ms. Sarah Montgomery Richards serves as the Project Manager for the "Young Peacebuilders" in northwestern Michigan and has engaged in community organizing around issues relating to LGBTQ+ and immigrant communities. She holds a Master of Arts in Interfaith Action from Claremont Lincoln University. In her role at Northwestern Michigan College, she facilitates study abroad classes in Ireland and India. She teaches courses in interfaith leadership and cooperation.

Khallid Shabazz, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Dr. Col. Khalid Shabazz is the highest-ranking Muslim Chaplain in the United States Army. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership from TUI University and a Master of Arts in Interfaith Action from Claremont Lincoln University. He is actively involved in overseeing the development of chaplains from a number of faith traditions and providing spiritual care for their families. He teaches courses on interfaith cooperation and social justice.

Eric Weed, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Dr. Eric Weed is involved in discussions on religion and race for the United Methodist Church. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Theological, Ethical and Historical Studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Among his published works is the groundbreaking book, Religion and White Supremacy in the United States. He teaches in the areas of Holocaust studies, critical race theory, and interfaith engagement.

Master's Degrees Offered at Claremont Lincoln University

Earn your master's degree online in 15 months for only $15,000 while developing the skills, behaviors & mindset required to improve the world for the benefit of all.

Master Of Arts
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With A Concentration In Ethics

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Learn the entrepreneurial skills and perspectives to be a change-agent in social endeavors. Read More.

Master Of Arts
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