Answer the Call to Respect and Educate Through Interreligious Dialogue

"I reiterate my hope that all Christians and Muslims may be true promoters of mutual respect and friendship, in particular through education."  – Pope Francis

The noncredit Certificate in Christian Muslim Relations is an opportunity to enhance your understanding of the relations between two religions that encounter each other in our global society. The relationship and history of these two religions is complex and requires thorough analysis. Almost fifty years since the proclamations of Nostra Aetate, the Catholic Church has turned a page in this history and wants to engage in positive relations with the world of Islam.

This program enables working professionals such as chaplains, ministers, international nonprofit workers, teachers, and counselors to acquire both relevant knowledge and a professional credential. The certificate demonstrates that the student has done more than simply accumulate continuing education credits, but has completed a focused curriculum.

Program Objectives

  • Educate students about Catholic and Muslim traditions in light of Christian-Muslim relations (past and present)
  • Apply theological and social scientific approaches to religion in the American context through Catholic intellectual tradition
  • Provide an opportunity for professional development through the awarding of continuing education credits and certification of completion of the course sequence

Certificate Requirements

All courses for the certificate program will be online and noncreditEach course carries 3.5 continuing education units (C.E.U.s) upon completion.

To apply for the certificate, the student must have completed the following sequence of noncredit courses offered through the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies:

  1. One of the following two courses. Completion of this course is a prerequisite for admission to the following courses:
    -Introduction to Islam OR
    -Introduction to Christianity

  2. Completion of the following two courses is the prerequisite for admission into the final course:
    -History of Christian-Muslim Relations
    -Developing Christian-Muslim Relationships in Practice

  3. Complete this final course:
    -The Challenge of Religious Diversity in American Culture

Each course costs $750. All of the courses are open to any student who wishes to take them and has completed the prerequisite courses. Once the student has completed this sequence, he or she may apply to the School of Theology and Religious Studies for the Certificate using the contact listed on this page.

Introduction to Islam

The first course in the program, Introduction to Islam, starts March 5 and runs for five weeks. Each
week, you will complete assigned readings (provided to you online) and engage in a moderated
discussion with other class members.

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the essentials of Islam by examining its
intellectual and spiritual tradition. It explores the different ways in which Muslims have interpreted and
put into practice the prophetic message of Muhammad through historical and phenomenological
analyses. After examining Islam’s origin and historical context, we will focus on the main aspects of the
tradition such as the Qur’an, Sunna, law, ritual and spirituality in order to explore the key teachings of
Islam. We will concentrate on a systematic and thorough study of basic Islamic theology on many topics,
such as the nature of God and human beings, revelation and scripture, prayer and the interior life,
mysticism and devotion.

By the end of this course you will be able to:
• Trace the history and growth of Islam
• Understand the main tenets of Muslim beliefs and practice
• Comprehend the main theological traditions and features of Islamic law
• Discern the variety found within Islam
• Recognize the intersection of Islam with social, political, and cultural issues
• Identify the main currents within contemporary Islam

Register for this course now by clicking here.