The Catholic University of America

Certificate in Christian-Muslim Relations
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


This certificate 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 Roman Catholic Church has turned a page in this history and wants to engage in positive relations with the world of Islam.

Learning 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
  • Implement knowledge and methodological awareness by the completion of a final project

Program Requirements

  • All courses for the certificate program will be online.

  • Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 to receive the certificate.

  • Once started, the certificate must be completed within 48 months.

    Course Requirements

  • Students must complete the 0-credit "Introduction to the University" course.

  • Students must complete the four foundational courses (12 credit hours):

    • TRS 590 CMR: Introduction to Islam
    • TRS 591 CMR: History of Christian-Muslim Relations
    • TRS 592 CMR: Developing Christian-Muslim Relationships in Practice
    • TRS 593 CMR: The Challenge of Religious Diversity in American Culture
  • Students must complete a final project in Christian-Muslim Relations.


This certificate program (and its individual course) is open to students with sufficient knowledge of Christian theology who already hold a B.A. The courses cannot be used for completion of regular TRS M.A. or Ph.D. degrees. Admission will be determined by the director of the Religion and Culture area or an associate director. 


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Application Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee - $60.00
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcript showing minimum of Bachelor's degree
  • No GRE required


Dr. Charles Jones
Dr. Wilhelmus Valkenberg