Master’s Program in International Relations and Ecumenism

This is a two-year program in which students take a number of different courses within the field of International Relations and Ecumenism, learn to conduct independent research at an advanced level and develop high-level analytical and communication skills.

Why study for a Master’s in International Relations and Ecumenism?

Relations between Christian communities continuously evolve. Old models of cooperation and conflict between Churches decline and new ones emerge instead. These processes depend on both theological and socio-political factors. This MTh program develops the skills to analyze and improve the models of relations between Christian communities and the Churches’ relations with society and other religions.

Program objectives

The program aims at providing students with the necessary knowledge and skills to think critically and independently about themes and issues within the field of international relations and ecumenism. After graduation, the student will be qualified to deal with various topics related to international relations, including church diplomacy, religious politics and security, inter-Christian and inter-faith dialogues. The program prepares students for different leading roles in their churches and research at a higher (doctoral) level.

Program outcomes

By the end of the program, students will have an in-depth comprehension of the central issues pertinent to international relations and ecumenism; they will be able to understand and critically evaluate various methods applied in this field, could independently formulate and conduct research programs, critically analyze and assess relevant ideas and theories and convincingly present them. To gain high grades, students will be expected to develop their own ideas and communicate them clearly and logically.

Program Requirements

To be eligible for the program, an applicant must either have a bachelor’s degree in theology/religious studies, comprising 180 ECTS credits, or a degree in another subject which includes Religious Studies or Theological courses worth at least 60 ECTS credits, including a thesis worth at least 15 ECTS credits.

At least 15 ECTS credits should be in Eastern Christian studies or equivalent subject areas. Students with other relevant subjects or an equivalent foreign degree may be admitted based on individual assessment and examination.

Students may also be admitted to later parts of the program (61-120 ECTS credits) based on a special application, provided that the relevant prerequisites are met.

An applicant needs to submit a letter of motivation.

The entry requirement for studies is equivalent to the English 6 course at Swedish upper secondary school. Students from outside Sweden, or students who cannot verify, proficiency in English, are required to make an internationally recognized test, e. g. TOEFL IELTS or equivalent.

Cost of study

If you are a Swedish citizen, or a citizen of an EU / EEA country or Switzerland and you have a residence permit for Sweden, you do not have to pay tuition fees. If you are an international student coming from another country, you must pay tuition fees, see Fees&Finance

Membership of the student union is mandatory for students at EHS. The student union fee is SEK 125 per semester, regardless of the kind of study. Read more about union fees and the student union’s work: Membership in the Student Union.

Career prospects

Those who successfully complete the course will be qualified to work in ecumenical relations and foreign affairs for non-governmental Christian organizations and other international organizations. The program also provides the grounding for research at a more advanced level.

Program director: Cyril Hovorun,
Director of Studies: Pierre Aziz Nehme,
How to apply? Apply through or
Length: 2 years (full-time) 120 ECTS credits
Type of instruction: On-campus or online
Study Pace: Full-time
Teaching Hours: Daytime
Language of Instruction: English
Location: Campus Bromma, Stockholm

You can find out more about the program here (pdf)