As part of its mandate in the field of interfaith diplomacy, EUCLID offers to select students from the general public an external (distance or online) program called the EUCLID Master of Arts in Comparative Christian Theology. This program also exists (due to variations in the curriculum) as a Master of Arts in Comparative Religion. It should be noted that specialized programs in Interfaith Studies / Interreligious Diplomacy are also offered.
This online MA, representing 40 US credits (60 ECTS), is the world's only Master's degree program in this field offered by an intergovernmental organization, which also has a specific mandate and recognized expertise in interfaith diplomacy. In 2016, EUCLID received the first prize of the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week (photo below) and continues to support a number of theological and interfaith initiatives such as Interfaith Cities.
Partial scholarships are available ECOWAS residents and a permanent staff of intergovernmental organizations. Full scholarships are reserved for officials and staff of EUCLID's Participating States.
This program delivers a sound academic foundation at the graduate level,
l. Within certain parameters, the EUCLID Online LLM in International Law and Treaty Law is customizable, with elective courses focusing on:
- International organizations
- International Business Law
- European Law
- Maritime law
- Treaty drafting, negotiation, and application.
- ACA-401 (International Academic and Legal Writing)
- TPH-499 (Argumentation and Critical Thinking)
- THE-481 (Development of Christian Doctrine)
- REL-400 (Comparative Religion)
- DDS-400 (Directed Studies and Readings)
- DEB-4xx (Analysis of Theological Debates)
- DIP-606 (Thesis)
Select Optional / Elective Courses (list may not be exhaustive):
- TREL-4680 (Philosophy of Religion)
- PAT-60x (Patristics)
- ISL-400 (Islam: Essential Knowledge)
- REL-HIN (Hinduism: Essential Knowledge)
- THE-ECU (Ecumenical Methods)
- THE-333 (The Canon of Scripture)
- DIP-706 (Diplomacy and Religion / Inter-Religious Diplomacy)
- IRD-4xx (Advanced Studies in Inter-Religious Dialogue)
This program is delivered on EUCLID's best-of-class LMS platform called ELEMENTS. It is asynchronous and self-paced. Each course is structured in 7 periods, of which the first 5 are dedicated to the study of assigned material (PDFs and videos) with short responses papers, followed by 2 periods for the major paper, quiz and oral examination.
This program is ideal to prepare for the following outcomes:
- further studies at the Ph.D. for a career in academia
- active ministry, church education work, and further studies related to ministry
- professional development and career as journalist, author, podcaster
- community service expert (interfaith relations) working for cities, local government, etc.
Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree or its international equivalent in a relevant field, issued by an institution that is properly recognized by the national authority (Ministry of Higher Education or similar body). Government-sponsored applicants (who are already government staff) may be admitted without a Bachelor’s degree if their level of education and experience is deemed sufficient. EUCLID may require these participants to complete bridge courses prior to enrolling in the program. Fluency in English (spoken and written) is required and will be tested. Students are expected to be in a position to dedicate 10 to 15 effective hours of study on a weekly basis.
EUCLID has ongoing enrollment (intake) for this program. It is acceptable to apply several months in advance but it is recommended to apply 60-40 days in advance. General public slots are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.