Certificate in Multireligious Studies

Earn your graduate-level certificate in multi-religious studies entirely through low-residency study at Starr King School for the Ministry.

The Starr King Certificate in Multi-Religious Studies, directed by Dr. Ghazala Anwar, brings together historical, theological, and social interactions of the world’s many religions.

We offer a wide variety of online courses, and short-term intensives and immersions, taught by progressive religious leaders, scholars, and social activists. The certificate includes courses in introductory and advanced counter-oppressive theologies and social theories, interreligious histories, plural ethnic and religious geographies, and mult-religious spiritual practices, ritual arts, and education.

We designed this certificate for you!

  • Exploring the possibility of entering ministry?
  • Interested in faiths other than your own?
  • Lay person or leader?
  • Social activist seeking a religious or theological grounding for your work?

Complete your certificate through any combination of six courses (18 units) taken online and through short-term intensives offered in Berkeley. Register and pay for courses as you go. Note that we are in the process of making our certificate programs eligible for federal financial aid, as SKSM certificates are not currently eligible for federal financial aid. We are accepting applications to enroll in the program now!

See our course descriptions, or get tuition information.

Enroll Today!

To enroll in the Certificate in Multi-Religious Studies program, submit your Certificate Program Enrollment Form.  The program director will review your submission and send it to the Student Services Office for filing.

Contact us at admissions@sksm.edu.

Enrollment Requirement for Certificate Program

If you decide you cannot enroll for a class at this time, please inform the director of your respective program stating you are not registering for the current or upcoming semester. If we have not heard from you regarding your intentions for two semesters in a row we will withdraw you from the program.

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Sample Courses in Multi-Religious Studies include:

Online Courses

  • Global Religious Traditions
  • Environmental Ethics and Liberation
  • Spiritual Practices for These Times
  • Mysticism and Social Change
  • Queer Studies from a Multireligious Perspective
  • Adult Faith Development
  • Dynamic Youth Ministry
  • Toward Collective Liberation: Theories and Practice for Social Change
  • Forgiveness
  • Institute of Buddhist Studies online courses (all)
  • Unitarian Universalist History
  • Mental Illness and Oppressions
  • Systems Thinking and Leadership

Intensive and Immersion Courses

  • Multireligious Life and Learning: “Greening” and “Queering” the Studies of Religions
  • Evil, Suffering and Healing in the Novels of Toni Morrison
  • Rumi Immersion in Turkey
  • Feminist Readings of the Quran

Residential Courses

  • Intro to Islam
  • Unitarian Universalist History

Residential students (at Berkeley campus) may enroll in residential courses to fulfill the requirements of a certificate program. Please contact the director of the program abut specific residential courses.