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.
The MPSJ curriculum is geared towards six student learning outcomes:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
"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."
"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."
"The Master's of Social Impact program taught me to take a grassroots approach to development."
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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