Master of Christian Humanities

Duration: 4 semesters (2 years) – reading, zoom meeting, seminar paper

Target groups

The course is aimed at Christian decision-makers in political bodies and cultural institutions. The goal is to develop their competence in Christian witness and dialogue with other religions and cultures in order to develop regional and national communities in peace and cooperation. The specifically Christian point of view respects the humanity of the human being as such in terms of natural law and faces the discussion for the sake of a common further development beyond cultural and religious borders.


The special feature of the master’s program according to U.S. law is that interreligious and religion-connecting as well as general humanistic elements are also addressed. In this way, socio-cultural effects are better brought into the course topics and linked with specifically biblical-Christian elements.

The aim of the Master’s program is to introduce contents of the Master’s course in selected parts into the student’s environment by training Christian decision-makers and thus to promote the implementation of Christian thinking in concrete development and peace projects. It is a train-the-trainer program to train multipliers and empower them for dialogue of religions for peace and development.

Costs: 4.000 EUR (if you need more time, no additional cost are required)

Line: Prof. Dr. Elmar Kuhn, M.Theol., Email:


The course is held at the and is completely online.

Language: English, German

A seminar paper should be delivered at the end of the course with about 5 pages.

Degree Requirements

The degree of Master of Christian Humanities  (MCHum) is a research based 36 credit degree. The duration of the degree is normally 2 to 3 year years of part-time study. A candidate will be expected to demonstrate sufficient academic preparation viz. their prior academic studies to qualify for admission to this degree. The standard for independent writing and sustained analysis is more demanding than that of the M.A. but does not demand an original contribution to learning as with a research based doctoral degree. The Master Thesis length is approx. 120,000 characters incl. spaces, approx. 80 pages. If the Master Thesis and the oral defence are passed at a high enough level, as assessed by the examiners, the MCHum degree may be awarded with distinction or merit. Failure to pass the Master Thesis, after a second resubmission attempt, will usually result in the award of a Graduate Diploma of Studies (G.Dip.St.) in Christian Humanities as the terminal award.

Course structure for the Master of Christian Humanities degree (MCHum), totaling 36 credits:

  1. MCHum701– Theological Foundations (5 credits plus 2 for written exam)
  2. MCHum702– Religions and Dialogue (3 credits plus 2 for written exam)
  3. MCHum801 – Introduction to Christian Humanism on the Example of Ethos, Life and Work of J.H. Pestalozzi (3 credits plus 2 for written exam)
  4. MCHum802- Minority-Majority, Migration and Gender Issues (5 credits plus 2 for written exam)
  5. MCHum901–Supervised Thesis Writing: The Master’s Thesis Emerges (1 credit)
  6. MCHum902–Supervised Thesis Writing: The Master’s Thesis Emerges (1 credit plus 10 for master thesis)
  7. MCHum903–Presentation and oral defense of dissertation: before Senate-designated examining committee, via Zoom conference. (Rating with grade: Master thesis 60%; Exam 40%)

Degree: Certificate of Christian Humanism (Issued by the Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi Christian University according to US-Law. Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi Christian University, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation registered in the State of Florida and has permission to award its religious degrees under the terms of Florida Statute 1005.06 (1)(f). The University is entered on the list of religious institutions maintained by the Florida Department of Education, Commission for Independent Education.)