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A Global Philosophy, Uniquely DePaul

DePaul University is seeking applicants from around the world for its master’s degree in Value-Creating Education for Global Citizenship. Offered exclusively online, this is the first and only degree of its kind.

On Jan. 2, 2018, the Chicago-based DePaul University, the nation’s largest Catholic University, introduced the program, which engages students in actualizing the Soka philosophy of value creation, as well as the practices of Daisaku Ikeda, Tsunesaburo Makiguchi and Josei Toda, in their own local contexts as educators.

The degree consists of 11 courses and can be completed in under two years. You’ll study with leading international scholars in the field of Ikeda/Soka Studies in Education, including Andrew Gebert and award-winning professor Jason Goulah. Goulah’s books include Daisaku Ikeda, Language and Education, which received the 2015 AESA Critics Choice Book Award; Makiguchi Tsunesaburo in the Context of Language, Identity and Education; and Makiguchi Tsunesaburo (1871–1944): Educational Philosophy in Context (with Andrew Gebert).

Fully Online Program

The degree is fully online and asynchronous, so students may take courses from anywhere in the world and complete assignments anytime during each week.


DePaul’s Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education, founded in 2014, offers two scholarships annually to cover half the tuition for the degree.

Full Time and Part Time

The program caters to in-service teachers and those working full-time in other fields. Students may take courses full time (two courses per quarter) or part time (one course per quarter), and there is no culminating thesis.

Certificate Option

Instead of the full degree, students may take up to seven pre-selected courses at half the tuition cost to earn a Microcredential (four courses) or Macrocredential (seven courses) in Value-Creating Education for Global Citizenship. No formal application is required for this option.

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