Master of Arts on Interreligious Dialogue

Science, Philosophy and Theology of Religions

The Master on Interreligious Dialogue:

  • stands out for the international stature of its professors
  • has a clear focus on the world’s main religions and their fundamentals
  • prepares its students for in-depth knowledge of the interrelations between different cultural and religious contexts
  • gives the opportunity to dialogue with people of diverse religious beliefs
  • guarantees a personal tutor, who provides regular feedback on written work, and guidance about the Master’s programs
  • offers the opportunity to receive scholarships and join projects promoted by the Master’s Professor

Years of experience online

After a long developmental process, which has also seen the success of the MOOC Religions from the Inside: Improving Interreligious Dialogue, the Re.Te. Institute (“Religions and Theology”) now offers an English-language master’s degree dedicated to promoting interreligious dialogue. The Master of Arts on Religious Dialogue: Science, Philosophy and Theology of Religions will now be offered alongside the existing Italian-language degree, Master of Arts in “Scienza, Filosofia e Teologia delle religioni” (celebrating over ten years online).

Purpose of Master’s Degree

The purpose of the new English-language master’s degree is the same as the Italian one: to deepen the knowledge of the world’s main religions and, above all, to shape and stimulate the conduct of interreligious dialogue. To achieve this goal, the Re.Te. Institute offers top-level teachers from around the world and representatives from the world’s main religions. Details about the program can be found below.

Structure and contents

The degree is divided into four semesters. The first semester features the lessons of the MOOC Religions from the Inside:  Improving Interreligious Dialogue. In these lessons, representatives of the world’s main religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism) present the foundations of their respective faith.  They demonstrate how their religion, when seen from the inside and considered on fundamental principles, allows the religious human being to be open peacefully and lovingly to other humans, to the world, and the sphere of the divine. These videos are introduced by a presentation that shows that interreligious dialogue, in the contemporary context, is not only possible but necessary, something that has to be pursued from an ethical point of view. The first semester concludes with a series of in-depth studies conducted from the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic perspectives about violence in religion and how it can arise.

The remaining three semesters, each containing 5 lesson modules composed of other videos, respectively deepen the themes of Religious Experience in the History and in the Contemporary World, discuss Main Questions in World Religions, and offer concrete examples to go Towards an Interreligious Dialogue. The video lessons are presented by internationally known teachers.

Study programme 2021-23

You can find the two-year Master’s degree programme below:

First-year programme

Semester        CourseProfessorECTS
FirstInterreligious dialogue from the insideAdriano Fabris1
Jewish Tradition and the Interreligious dialogueEphraim Meir1
Christian Tradition and the Interreligious dialogueRené Roux1
Muslim Tradition and the Interreligious DialogueYahya Sergio Yahe Pallavicini1
Buddhist Tradition and the Interreligious DialogueSeung Chul Kim1
Hindu Tradition and the Interreligious DialogueSvanimi Hansananda Giri1
Religions and Violence IRaffaella Di Castro3
Religions and Violence IIGianmaria Zamagni3
Religions and Violence IIIYahya Sergio Yahe Pallavicini3
SecondMain Trends in the JudaismRocco Bernasconi5
Main Trends in the ChristianityStefano Simiz5
Main Trends in the IslamIda Zilio-Grandi5
Main Trends in the BuddhismSeung Chul Kim5
Christianity and Eastern religionsHans-Christian Schmidbaur5

Second-year programme

Semester  CourseProfessorECTS
FirstReligions and Geo-politicsLuca Steinmann5
Religions and LawGabriela Eisenring5
Religions and Human NatureJorge Martínez Barrera5
Women and ReligionsSuzanne M. Mulligan5
Religions and PhilosophyAdriano Fabris5
SecondTheology of ReligionsRoux René5
Ethics and ReligionsAntonio Autiero5
Silence and Dialogue in Judaism, Christianity, IslamSamuele Sangalli5
Intercultural DialoguePaolo Gomarasca5
Theory and Practice of the Interreligious DialogueFlavia Monceri5


Each course concludes with an exam taken at the end of the course and based on the bibliography indicated by the teacher. Materials for exam preparation are made available on the MOODLE platform. The exams are in written form, essay format, with questions proposed by the teacher.

Furthermore, during the two years of the master’s degree, students will develop a portfolio of their experiences and their research on the themes of interreligious dialogue.  This portfolio will be developed under the guidance of a tutor, who will also follow the students throughout their master’s studies.

At the end of the four semesters, once all exams have been taken, students are required to prepare a thesis written under the guidance of a professor, on topics related to interreligious dialogue.

With the successful completion of all exams, research portfolio, and final thesis, students will obtain a total of 120 ECTS and achieve the title of Master of Arts on Religious Dialogue: Science, Philosophy and Theology of Religions.

Career Prospects

The programme is designed to promote an in-depth knowledge of religions and a constructive confrontation between different religious traditions. The main objective is to instruct how to conduct a correct comparison, to use adequate terminology and proper use of concepts concerning religions and to improve interreligious dialogue.

In regarding of this, the most corresponding profiles are those of 

  • Cultural mediator
  • Communication expert on interreligious dialogue
  • Teaching Profession
  • PhD Program


The formal requirement for admission is a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized academic institution in Theology, Philosophy or Humanities.

However, registration is also open to those who do not have a background in Humanities but are interested in the topic of intercultural dialogue. In this case, a Special Admission (Curriculum Evaluation) is available. Admissions will be treated on a case by case basis. The procedure for applying, in this case, involves a letter of motivation written by the applicant.

Application Procedure

Required documentation:

The following pieces of documentation have to be uploaded in the online form:

  • Copy of past diplomas (Bachelor, licentiate, four-year degree, maturity)
  • Curriculum vitae (Resume) – in the language of the Master’s programme
  • Copy of an identity card or passport
  • Copy of residence permit for foreign nationals already domiciled in Switzerland
  • A digital photo, to be sent to

Required documentation Special Admission (Curriculum Evaluation):

  • Copy of past diplomas (Bachelor, licentiate, four-year degree, maturity)
  • Curriculum vitae (Resume) – in the language of the Master’s programme
  • Copy of an identity card or passport
  • Copy of residence permit for foreign nationals already domiciled in Switzerland
  • A digital photo, to be sent to
  • Letter of motivation

Where a candidate has not fulfilled all the requirements for the Bachelor’s degree, licentiate or other, a copy of the diploma may be sent at a later stage, but in any case no later than the beginning of the matriculation period. If so, please indicate the expected date of the award and enclose an official document issued by the awarding institution confirming these terms.


Adriano Fabris is the Director of ReTe Institute of Lugano and of its Master’s Degree programs. He is Full Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Pisa(Italy) where he also teaches Philosophy of Religions and Communication Ethics. In Pisa, he directs the Interdisciplinary Center of Research and Services on Communication (CICo). He also serves as Director of the journal “Teoria” (Pisa) and as Co-Director of the journal “Filosofia e Teologia” (Naples). At the Theological Faculty of Lugano (Switzerland) he directs the ReTe (Religions and Theology) Institute, and the Master online in Science, Philosophy, and Theology of Religions. He serves as chairman of the Italian Society for Moral Philosophy.

Beatrice Granaroli is the Tutor of the Master of Arts on Interreligioius dialogue. Science, Philosophy and Theology of Religions. Graduated with honours in Philosophy at the University of Pisa in 2019, is a PhD student at the Faculty of Theology in Lugano<8Switzerland) and member of the team project ‘Religions from the inside’.

Contact us

For any doubts or request, do not exitate to contact us:

Ms Lisa Costa (Faculty Dean’s Office – Faculty of Theology of Lugano)

  • Matriculation (in order to complete your matriculation, show her your original Bachelor’s degree and High-school certificate)
  • Deadlines to finish your Bachelor’s degree: to enrol to the Master you have to show your Bachelor’s degree
  • Tuition fee (invoice, payment, bank details for USI scholarship, etc.)
  • Personal details of the database (e.g. name, address, phone number) 

Ms Beatrice Granaroli (Master’s Tutor  – Faculty of Theology of Lugano)

  • Exams (exam schedule, exam registrations, exam results, online grades, validation of a grade, registration of elective courses, etc.)
  • Thesis request form 
  • Thesis submission form
  • Deadline to finish the master 
  • Doubts or request about exams, programs, lectures, forms

Secretariat of the Institute of Religions and Theology (ReTe) Open from Monday-Wednesday:  09.15-10.30 / closed afternoon Tel.: +41-(0)58/6664551 Fax: +41-(0)58/6664556 Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) – Faculty of Theology of Lugano Via Buffi 13,  P.O. Box 4663 6900 Lugano, Switzerland

Forms and Links

For further information about the ReTe Institute programs, see our MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on FutureLearn website, Religions from the inside. Improving interreligious dialogue.

Contatti / Contacts

Istituto ReTe
via Giuseppe Buffi 13, casella postale 4663
6904 Lugano (Svizzera)
Direttore Istituto ReTe: Adriano Fabris
Collaboratore scientifico: Alberto Palese
Tel: +41 (0)58 / 666 45 55 (centralino)

Scienza, Filosofia e Teologia delle Religioni (online)

Tutor: Rocco Bernasconi
Tel: +41(0)91/2247570

Master of Arts on Interreligious Dialogue
Science, Philosophy and Theology of Religions (online)

Tutor: Beatrice Granaroli
Tel: +41 (0)58 / 666 45 55

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