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Solving problems by engaging across religious differences

Are you:

  •  Hoping to serve (or already serving!) as a chaplain in a multi-faith setting (hospital, the military, college or university)?
  •  An activist seeking deep roots for your justice-oriented work?
  •  Part of a congregation dedicated to community organizing across faith lines?
  •  A recent college graduate interested in a service-oriented career? 

This degree is for you.

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In this diverse global context, in which violent religious intolerance
and productive interreligious cooperation are increasingly a part of the fabric
of human experience, we need to invest in education that fosters constructive
engagement across religious and secular lines.”
                                       - Celene Ayat Ibrahim
                                         Islamic Studies Scholar-in-Residence
                                         Andover Newton and Hebrew College


Total credits: 36

Created in response to the evolving needs of clergy, educators, chaplains, and activists, Andover Newton and Hebrew College now offer a collaborative program in which graduates will receive credentials from both schools: an MA from the primary institution at which a student is enrolled and a certificate from the partnering institution. Andover Newton students will receive a Masters in Global Interreligious Leadership and a Certificate from Hebrew College, while Hebrew College students will receive a Masters in Jewish Liberal Studies and a Certificate from Andover Newton.

Students in the MAGIL program will take courses in theology, ethics, interfaith leadership, and community organizing, and will engage in supervised field work designed to provide real-world experience that students will be called upon to apply in their professional roles upon completion of the program.

  • Introductory Interfaith Course: 1 course | 3 credits
  • Sacred Texts: 2 courses | 6 credits
  • Theology: 1 course | 3 credits
  • Ethics & Social Justice: 1 course | 3 credits
  • History: 1 course | 3 credits
  • Ministerial Leadership: 1 course | 3 credits
  • Joint Course with Hebrew College: 2 courses | 6 credits
  • Global Immersions: 2 courses | 6 credits
  • Capstone Project: 1 directed study | 3 credits 

Program advising will be coordinated by Rabbi Or Rose (of Hebrew College & Rabbinical School), Jennifer Peace (associate professor of interfaith studies at Andover Newton) and Celene Ibrahim, the three co-directors of the Center for Interreligious and Communal Leadership Education (CIRCLE) a joint initiative of Andover Newton and Hebrew College founded in 2008.

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