Admissions

Become a constitutional and human rights specialist on issues of religion and public life

Thank you for your interest in enrolling in our First Amendment courses for religious and civic leaders. The following information is designed to help you understand the application process and enrollment options. If you have any questions, please contact Sabrina E. Dent, Director of Recruitment and Admissions.


HOW IT WORKS

WE SERVE SCHOOLS: The faculty and staff of the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute serve as educational specialists for theological schools and schools of education and journalism. Our mission is to provide current and prospective students with specialized training in constitutional and human rights approaches to issues of religion and public life. The Religious Freedom Center is uniquely qualified to serve in this capacity, given its two-decade history of convening diverse partners and developing consensus statements across ideological and religious differences.

WE SERVE RELIGIOUS AND CIVIC LEADERS: Our courses are designed to train religious and civic leaders to skillfully negotiate issues of religion and public life by becoming constitutional and human rights specialists.

WE COME TO YOU: Our blended learning curriculum (online/onsite) is designed to meet adult learners in their homes, workplaces and schools by offering online courses.

WE WELCOME YOU IN DC: Located in the heart of Washington, DC, the Religious Freedom Center holds its onsite educational conferences at the Newseum—a 250,000-square-foot museum of news that offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits. The Newseum sits on America’s Main Street between the White House and the U.S. Capitol, adjacent to the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall.

Prerequisites

  • All applicants, regardless of whether they seeking the courses for credit, must have received an accredited baccalaureate degree (or an equivalent) by the time they enroll in the first class.
  • All applicants must have access to high-speed internet and a computer with a camera for videoconferences.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English proficiency.
  • All international applicants must either:
    • be currently registered in an accredited U.S. academic institution in a graduate degree program and have been approved to receive a U.S. Visitor’s Visa according to requirements of the U.S. State Department; or
    • have been previously approved by the Atlas Corps Fellowship Program to receive a J-1, Exchange Visitor visa (trainee designation) issued by the U.S. State Department.

Due Dates

  • Applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2017 academic term.
  • Spring 2018 applications are due by November 1, 2017 for early decision admissions and scholarship consideration; the final date to apply is December 10, 2017. Students enrolled in one of our partner schools may be eligible for an extension: for details, contact Sabrina E. Dent, Director of Recruitment and Admissions.

Application

Application

Apply to take credit/non-credit courses or an accredited five-course certificate program.

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Areas of Study

Areas of Study

There are three areas of study for religious leaders, educators and journalists.

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Education Design

Education Design

We use a blended learning model to train civil and religious leaders, which is a combination of online and onsite educational programs.

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CertificatE Program

Certificate Program

Those admitted to the degree programs at our parent schools may be eligible to receive an accredited graduate certificate in Religion and Public Life.

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Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

Applicants admitted into the degree programs at one of our parent schools may receive graduate credit for their successful completion of one or more of our First Amendment courses.

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Scholarships

Scholarships

Thanks to a generous grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, emerging and established religious leaders are eligible for partial or full tuition scholarships.

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