The Master of Arts in Global Interreligious Leadership (MAGIL) offers a degree with a professional emphasis. This program provides the educational foundation to prepare graduates for service in a variety of settings where interreligious leadership is not only appropriate but needed for the purpose of creating a more peaceful and just world. Prospective students may include those who seek to serve – or indeed already serve – as chaplains in multi-faith settings, such as hospitals, the military, colleges, and universities; social activists who seek deep roots for their justice-oriented work; pastors and staff members in or from congregations dedicated to community organizing across faith lines; and newly-minted college graduates who wish to continue their education toward a career in social justice built on the theological foundation.
The goals of this degree include:
- Preparing graduates to mobilize an interfaith initiative, such as event, program, or campaign.
- Teaching graduates to bring to bear knowledge from theology and social sciences in describing, defining, and addressing the root causes of interfaith tensions in the world (JUST courses, interfaith courses) as well as the rationale for interfaith understanding and peace.
- Providing graduates with a global perspective on faith and truth that enables them to engage productively with diversity and promote interreligious understanding in their workplaces and among their professional constituents.
- Equipping graduates to provide leadership to interfaith organizations as well as leadership in any organization making its way toward more interfaith engagement.