All of our programs require a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent. A limited number of students may be accepted without a Bachelor’s degree upon review of the Education Committee for academic preparedness.
Students who are admitted without an undergraduate degree are done so provisionally.
Our courses are taught in an inverted or flipped in-person classroom model. Students study course content prior to class–via readings, video lectures, movies, simulations, or other instructional materials–coming fully prepared to actively participate within the classroom. There may be preparatory assignments for some courses, which will be listed on the syllabus provided upon registration.
Our students don’t just read the books, listen to a lecture, and take notes. They are stimulated into a discussion, provoked to think deeper, and come to understand more broadly the Humanist life stance. This active learning method allows students to go beyond the acquisition of the facts and truly delve into topics. It promotes a higher level of learning in building competencies (e.g. problem-solving, critical thinking, communication) and skills (e.g. analysis, synthesis, evaluation) in the pursuit of acquiring a broader, deeper knowledge of humanism.
Humanist Studies Certificate Program
The Humanist Studies Certificate Program requires 15 completed credits.
Click the arrows below to read about Humanist Studies Program (HSP) courses. Courses are run over a 14-week semester. All courses must be completed for one to become a Certified Humanist Professional. Students will receive a syllabus upon registration.
NOTE: It is recommended courses are taken in sequence to enhance the learning experience. Courses are transferable to degree programs listed below.
Master of Divinity in Humanist Studies
This MDiv program is in partnership with the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. It includes training in ministerial competencies along with leadership skills from a humanist perspective. The MDiv program is a good fit for those interested in congregational leadership, chaplaincy, and specialized roles of spokesperson, educator, and advocate.
Master of Arts in Leadership in Humanist Studies
This MALS program is in partnership with the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. This program is designed for students interested in becoming leaders intending to work in humanist settings and/or interreligious settings. It is a good fit for those interested in pursuing community, chapter-based, regional, or national organizational leadership.