Master of Arts
Extended Ecumenical Studies

Extended Ecumenical Studies

Extended Ecumenical Studies is an international and interdisciplinary degree program that is taught in English and aimed at students with different religious and cultural backgrounds. While the standard degree program Ecumenical Studies covers two semesters, students may also choose to deepen their studies even further within the four-semester degree program Extended Ecumenical Studies. Based on the assumption that activity in the ecumenical movement requires specialized historical and theological knowledge and on both degree programs’ international and interdisciplinary focus, the overall objective is to make a contribution to the current, continually growing inter-religious dialogue and the relationship between church and society. This aim is reflected in the orientation of the curricula, which is towards the plurality of Christianities, (extra-)European churches and theologies, the types of unity being sought among the churches and within Christianity as well as the concepts of peaceful and respectful interaction among religions. Students are enabled to assess research questions across disciplines and independently solve complex problems while expanding their methodological and analytical competencies. Open reflection on the diverse religious and cultural backgrounds of students and instructors is regarded as a central aspect of the research-oriented profile of these degree programs.

Possible lines of work:

Ecumenical activism (coordination of ecumenical relationships), religion journalism, academia (research management, teaching/research at universities, research institutions, etc.), editing/publishing, adult education.

Open admission
Master of Arts
4 Semester
Winter semester

Examination Regulations (German versions are legally binding),

University degree (German or non-German) in a relevant discipline (minimum 180 ECTS credits),

English language proficiency (CEFR level B2),

Modules from the field of ecumenical studies or comparable knowledge (at least 12 ECTS credits),

Applicants from outside Germany or another EU country must pass the aptitude test for university studies.

At the University of Bonn, multilingualism and cultural diversity are considered to be valuable resources that complement subject-specific qualifications. This is why, in addition to curricular language modules, students have access to a diverse range of language-learning offers, including the independent-study offers at the Center for Language Learning (Sprachlernzentrum, SLZ) in which they can autonomously learn a foreign language or enhance existing language skills. Furthermore, students can apply for the “Certificate of Intercultural Competence” free of charge, which promotes extra-curricular and interdisciplinary activities of international or intercultural nature.

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