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PhD in Interfaith Dialogue and Diplomacy (Online)

Program Type

Program Type: PhD

School / Institute

School of Theology and Interfaith Studies

Study Mode

Online + Full Time and Part Time

Overview

EUCLID is in a unique position to offer the world’s leading online PhD in interfaith studies, specifically labeled as "interfaith dialogue and diplomacy":

  • as an intergovernmental university with a specific mandate in inter-religious dialogue
  • as the winner of the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week Prize

It is the only doctoral program in interfaith studies organized by an international intergovernmental organization and officially used by active diplomats over 4 continents, currently counting senior diplomats (to France / UNESCO) as a program graduate.

This PhD program is a balanced and in-depth zero-residency program delivered by a treaty-based and treaty-practicing institution, and as stated by the United Nations in a rare instance of explicit confirmation, “the UN Secretariat recognizes Euclide- Pole Universitaire Euclide and the other four UN institutions … as being accredited.”

Academic Presentation

This specialized PhD focuses on the intersection of theology, interfaith practice and diplomacy, including the actual application of interfaith skills in the community, rather than the advancement of academic knowledge for its own sake. Both programs place a special emphasis on contemporary Islam, Muslim-Christian dialogue, secularism and “Laïcité,” as well as de-radicalization and mediation.

Within certain parameters, this online PhD in interfaith studies is customizable, with elective courses focusing on:

  • Specific world religions
  • Inter-cultural issues
  • Mediation and conflict resolution
  • Inter-ethnic and inter-religious relations
  • Radicalization and de-radicalization
  • “A Common Word” and Muslim -Christian relations

INTERFAITH VISIBILITY IN ACTION

EUCLID is very active and widely recognized for its leadership in interfaith studies. In 2016, EUCLID was awarded the First Prize of the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week from the hands of H.M. King Abdullah of Jordan. EUCLID maintains a dedicated web site at http://interfaith.euclid.int

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Photo above: The  award ceremony held at the Royal Palace in Amman, Jordan (2016). Below: EUCLID’s Pr Laurent Cleenewerck was honored with the responsibility of delivering the opening speech in front of the distinguished audience.

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Requirements

Applicants should have a relevant Master’s degree issued by an institution listed in the UNESCO-IAU handbook/database or otherwise duly recognized/accredited. Similar or related backgrounds with adequate professional experience may be considered for Government-sponsored applicants (who are already government staff) who may be admitted without the required educational credential 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.

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Program Outline

PRIMARY COURSES
Code
Course Name
USCH

Advanced Studies in Inter-Religious Dialogue 1

3

Argumentation and Critical Thinking

2

Advanced Studies in Inter-Religious Dialogue 2

3

Advanced Studies in Inter-Religious Dialogue 3

3

Diplomacy: Theory and Practice

4

Diplomacy and Religion / Inter-Religious Diplomacy

3

International Law and Treaty Law (1)

5

International Organizations I

4

International Conflicts: Theory and History

4

International Negotiations

3

Doctoral Thesis 1/5

5

Doctoral Thesis 2/5

5

Doctoral Thesis 3/5

5

Doctoral Thesis 4/5

5

Doctoral Thesis 5/5

5
Total Credit Hours (USCH):
50-59

Employment Outlook

This program provides outstanding academic preparation to its students for government or academic service. Interfaith graduates are in demand all over the world, both at the local (community engagement, teaching positions in colleges and universities) and global levels (government and intergovernmental agencies). Interfaith experts are rare and we except the employment outlook to remain very positive in the long term.

Why Study @ EUCLID?

EUCLID is the only intergovernmental, treaty-based university with a UN registered charter and recognized expertise in diplomacy. Join the alma mater of ambassadors and senior officials globally.

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