Master of Arts in Interreligious Studies

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From exploring the vocabulary and grammar of different religions to experiencing faith communities other than their own, our students are immersed in collective application of theological education strengthened by interfaith dialogue with faculty and peers.

Our students graduate from this program confident that their knowledge of the foundational concepts of Abrahamic and other religions, their understanding of the role of faith in local, social, and political contexts, and their ability to conduct advanced-level research equips them to assume a role in a wide variety of professional fields in which multireligious fluency is an asset.

Program Structure

The Master of Arts in Interreligious Studies (MAIRS) is a 36-credit-hour academic graduate degree curriculum that takes a multi-disciplinary, intersectional, and dialogical approach to promoting students’ deep understanding of multiple worldviews while enabling them to become thoroughly grounded in their own religious tradition. Students in this program form a multireligious, international community of learning as they complete core interreligious coursework, electives relevant to their chosen specialization, and a capstone project or thesis.

Students choose one of three specializations:

  • Interreligious Studies
  • Islamic Studies
  • Ministerial Studies (Please select this specialization if you are interested in the Cooperative M.Div. pathway)

Language Proficiency in reading scriptural texts, such as Hebrew, New Testament Greek, or Qur’anic Arabic is highly recommended for students in the Ministerial Studies specialization or the Islamic Studies specialization.


Where Your Journey May Lead

MA in Interreligious Studies Career Paths

While you, like many HIU alumni, can pursue more traditional career paths in faith-based organizations and clergy roles, studying religion in a multi-faith classroom prepares you for careers that make the world a better place in many shapes and forms.

Start a Non-Profit or NGO

Advocacy & Social Services

International Diplomacy & Foreign Affairs

Teaching in Public & Private Schools

Become a Business Owner

Pathway into Chaplaincy

Courses you may take

Here is a small sample of courses students in the program take. To view the entire course listing, use the link below.

The Value of Experience

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Research & Projects

Our students have used their capstone projects to create interfaith clergy networks and research projects to examine questions of religion in contemporary society like “When Did Black Lives Begin to Matter? Race Dynamics and American Muslims” and “Spiritual Connections Between Christians and Muslims in a Hospital Chaplaincy Context.”


Our faculty bring years of academic and practical experience teaching and serving different faith communities across the globe. They are award-winning authors, scholars of religion, and passionate leaders in interreligious and religious relations, as well as higher education. They have spoken to their research on international stages, emphasizing sociological contexts, gender, and religion in the modern world.

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Hartford Alumni at Graduation


With a foundation in interreligious thought, dialogue and critical thinking, our alumni are set on a path to many fields such as social justice, policy, human rights, foreign diplomacy, community organization, social work, nonprofit leadership and psychology – in addition to traditional religious roles.

The People Who Thrive Here

Despite coming from different faith, cultural, and professional backgrounds, your interreligious studies peers share your curiosity, willingness to embrace complexity, and love for all of humanity. Together, we embrace our differences and see faith as a means to connect with and care for others.

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