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 lifestance. 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.
Each course includes an intensive portion of 40 hours of in-person classwork. Courses held at Meadville Lombard Theological School will usually be held over a 5-day period in January (Fall/Winter term), March (Spring term) and July (Summer term). Courses offered at American Humanist Association headquarters will also be held over a 5-day period (schedule to be determine beginning of each academic year). Minmum of 5 registrated students is required to offer any course.
Humanist Studies Certificate Program
The Humanist Studies Certificate Program requires 12 completed credits.
Click arrows below to read about Humanist Studies Program (HSP) courses. All courses must be completed for one to become a Certified Humanist Professional. Students will receive a syllabus upon registration and be expected to complete readings and assignments prior to class.
NOTE: It is recommended courses are taken in sequence to enhance the learning experience.
Master of Arts in Leadership (MALS) with a concentration in Humanism
Grounded in the theology of social engagement, the MALS program at Meadville Lombard Theological School is attuned to the diverse challenges and opportunities of leadership in a multifaith, multiracial, and multicultural world. Students will learn how to lead, and how to continue to learn, by working within and across diverse communities.
The MALS educational model combines cohort learning, intensive seminars, and practical experiences in a low-residency format. You can complete your degree while remaining based in your home community, whether in the United States or elsewhere around the globe.
Concentration in Humanism
MALS with a concentration in humanism prepares students to be articulate advocates of a humanist worldview in the public sphere and innovative thinkers who keep our movement alive with their provocative insights and writings. Graduates will have the skills to serve the movement within diverse cultural and organizational contexts.
MALS degree with a concentration in humanism does not lead to Unitarian Universalist (UU) ordination as a UU minister. Becoming a UU minister.
MALS degree program requires 36 completed credits. The program can be completed in 18 months by full-time students. Utilizing Meadville Lombard’s Contextual Learning Model of theological education, you’ll complete and discuss coursework with peers and faculty via online education platform, and you’ll get hands-on experience through an internship at a nonprofit organization. Faculty will work with you to find the best internship site and teaching mentor for your personal formation.