Master of Divinity

Interreligious Contexts Specialization

We live in an increasingly multi-religious country. Our diversity requires leaders who promote positive religious interaction while maintaining the integrity of their own faith traditions. This specialization will equip students to provide leadership in congregational and community settings, with a particular focus on interaction with the broader religious population.


The student’s Field Education experience should include some aspect of leadership work in an interreligious setting.

When completing the Cross-Cultural requirement, the student should give special attention to exposure to another religious context. Assignments submitted shall also give evidence of engagement with multi-religious issues.

Choose 12 hours from the following list of courses:
If a 500 level SR course is chosen, it cannot also be used to meet the M.Div. foundational requirement in the study of religions.

CE/SR-680: Religion and Society

CH/SR-740: Holocaust Roots, Realities and Ramifications

CH-750: Wesley and Society

CT/SR-733: The Nones: Spirituality and Belief Beyond Religion

ED-675: Educating for Peace and Justice

HB/NT-641: Dead Sea Scrolls

HB/NT/SR-645: Introduction to Rabbinic Literature

ME-580: The Mission of Church in a Multicultural Society

NT/SR-630: Gender in Ancient Religion

NT/SR-736: Paul, Jews and Gentiles

PC-711: Multicultural Perspectives and Issues in Pastoral Counseling

PT/SR-635: Celtic Spirituality

SR-511: Interreligious Relations

SR-550: Introduction to World Religions

SR-553: Multi-Religious America

SR-652: Christian-Muslim Relations

SR/CE-654: Comparative Study of Religious Ethics

SR-655: Abrahamic Faiths

SR-657: Perspectives on Buddhism

SR-658: Perspectives on Islam


Paul Numrich


A note about dual degrees and specializations: There are some limitations to overlapping requirements between M.Div. specializations and dual degree requirements. For example, in the dual M.Div./MAPT degree, students cannot use the M.Div. required Spirituality course in a MAPT specialization as well.

Also, dual degree students cannot combine certain specializations because of the overlap. For example, in the M.Div. program a student may have a Spirituality specialization, but if that student is also seeking a MAPT degree, the student may not specialize in Spiritual Formation and Small Group Ministry. Please contact the registrar for more details.