Ph.D. (Interreligious Studies)


Hartford International University’s Ph.D. program provides advanced study in the knowledge and practical application of relations between religious traditions. Current areas of study include Christian-Muslim Relations, Contemporary Muslim Studies, Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, and Christian Studies. Ph.D. graduates gain rigorous research skills and comprehensive knowledge in their field(s) of study, culminating in a dissertation that makes an original contribution.


Our Ph.D. program continues this long legacy of educating and training experts in various fields by providing exceptional candidates with the opportunity to complete a research-driven, highly customizable program of study under the method of interreligious studies. Students will acquire:

  • comprehensive knowledge in their chosen discipline of study
  • skills and competence to teach in these subjects in religious communities and academia
  • ability to produce original research and written works to advance the scholarship for the benefit of religious communities, academy, and society

Program Structure

The curriculum is comprised of two first-year seminars; a first-year initial literature review; four tutorials, three methods/language courses, two comprehensive exams, a teaching portfolio, a dissertation proposal exam, a final dissertation, and oral defense. Each of the tutorials and methods/language requirements are customizable to the particular research needs of the student, under the guidance of a faculty mentor. This program has limited classroom instruction and places high emphasis on rigorous, supervised research and academic writing.

Residency is only required for two weeks each semester for Stage One. The remainder can be completed via synchronous online tutorials.

F-1 International Students who are legally residing in the US and need to meet residency requirements, must live within 50 miles of the campus and demonstrate through their tutorial contracts that they are meeting in person with their advisor.

Where Your Journey May Lead

Ph.D. in Interreligious Studies

Teaching in a college, university, or seminary

Serving as a specialist for your religious community

Providing public leadership in non-profit, business, and interreligious settings

The Value of Experience

Cooperative Master of Divinity - David Grafton


Hartford International University Ph.D. candidates have immediate access to mentors and advisors among our faculty. They have been where you are, and they are more than happy to share their experiences, their guidance, and their encouragement.


Why choose Hartford International University’s Ph.D. program? Because you’ll have access to come of the best minds in the field of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim relations. We have, for example, the only faculty chair in North America devoted to Shi’a studies.

Dr. Hossein Kamaly

Research opportunities

Our Ph.D. candidates have access to our excellent library, along with online platforms around the globe. Learn with faculty members who regularly publish and present at conferences, including those of the American Academy of Religion and the Middle East Studies Association.

Admission Information

Completed applications are due by Jan. 31. The committee will accept students into the program by cohort for the 2022, 2024, and 2026, etc. academic years.

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