Academic programme

Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Development

Environmental and social crises are affecting populations across the globe on a massive scale, particularly in fragile, conflict and post-conflict regions. Environmental sustainability is key to the future of humanity and all have a role to play in turning the tide.

As of 2020 and in partnership with XIM University (India) we now offer an academic, accredited Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Development for marginalised communities, with an emphasis on forcibly displaced persons.



This blended learning programme, structured around activities and graded assignments using the principles of Ignatian Pedagogy, consists of 40 courses of 126.75 credits. It aims at enabling the learners to:

● Develop a deeper understanding of the development landscape at local, regional and  global levels.

● Acquire analytical and managerial skills to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate sustainable

development programmes.

● Set up business and social enterprises leading to sustainable development.

● Act as stewards for protecting our common home.

● Become leaders of peace and voices to foster hope for creating a more just and humane world.

The programme is a global one, with courses offered by two academic partners in addition to XIM University: Newman Institute (Sweden) and Hekima University College, Kenya. XIM University will award the BA in Sustainable Development degree to students who successfully complete all the courses in the programme.

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Certificate in Liberal Studies

In 2020, JWL began to offer the Certificate in Liberal Studies, accredited by XIM University (India). The Certificate is considered a foundational programme and a prerequisite for applying for admission to the new BA in Sustainable Development. 

Liberal studies provide an excellent foundation for the challenges and opportunities that students will encounter in their personal and professional lives. Students learn to study within and across disciplines and to view the world and issues from different perspectives.

Liberal studies offer not only a wide array of subjects but also promote skills that help us better understand the world and our place in it. An educated person should have knowledge of many different subjects and demonstrate a variety of skills, which liberal studies guarantee. 

The Certificate in Liberal Studies programme includes the following courses (11 courses/30 credits):

  • Bridge to Learning
  • Academic Writing
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Dynamic Algebra
  • Introduction to Physical Science
  • Ethics and the Human Person
  • Religions and Relations
  • Introduction to Political Thought
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Human Rights and Women's Rights
  • Introduction to Business

The definition of a credit hour is based on time spent in mentored learning activities that are directed toward student learning outcomes. All JWL Diploma courses have designated learning outcomes. Three-credit hour courses require a minimum of 30 hours of mentored learning activities during an 8-week session.

All diploma courses require learners to complete individual studying, reading, and writing in addition to mentored learning activities, but these activities are not counted toward credit hours. For each course, a student is evaluated and graded by an academic professor to ensure our academic standard are upheld.

Bachelor of Science in Leadership - Creighton University (USA)


Creighton University invites JWL Diploma in Liberal Studies graduates to apply for a scholarship to complete their bachelor’s degree in one of its online bachelor’s degree programs. Eight scholarships are available for August 2019. Students will take 1-2 online courses every 8 weeks. A Creighton advisor will assist the student throughout his/her academic career at Creighton. The application for admission also serves as the application for this scholarship. These scholarships are made available through a generous Creighton Global Initiative grant.

Grounded in the Jesuit leadership paradigm, this program prepares students for leadership opportunities not just at work, but also in the ordinary activities of everyday life. Central to this adult-focused interdisciplinary leadership program is the premise that the leader must know him or herself.

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Bachelor or Arts in Management - Southern New Hampshire University





The BA programme is very unique in that it employs a project-oriented competency-based approach. With seven possible concentrations including business, management and communications, among others, all students are also afforded the opportunity to pursue internships, either on-site, virtually and even internationally. JWL also provide other professional development opportunities to its students via their engagement in community learning centre management role and by participating in professional JWL academic support programmes in addition to community service initiatives.

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The Diploma in Liberal Studies

From the inception of its learning programme in 2010, JWL has offered an academic Diploma in Liberal Studies. The Diploma of 45 semester credits is awarded by Regis University in Denver, Colorado (USA), which is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission in the United States.  The JWL curriculum is global in its focus and scope.  All credits earned are Regis University credits; they are recorded on an official transcript from the University, and official transcripts are available to all JWL students.

The Diploma programme begins with a no-credit Bridge to Learning Course, followed by ten courses (30 credits) in core liberal studies and five courses (15 credits) in a concentration area, as detailed below.

Preparatory Courses

Bridge to Learning – 0 Credit
Ten Foundational Courses – 3 Credits each during the first two years

  • Academic Writing
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Dynamic Algebra
  • Introduction to Physical Science
  • Ethics and the Human Person
  • Interdisciplinary Arts
  • Religions of the World
  • Introduction to Political Thought
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Elective (select by the student)

30 Credits Total

Two Concentration Areas

15 Credits per concentration over five courses.

  • Business Concentration
  • Education Concentration

For more information on our all learning programmes including the Diploma please download our Course Catalog PDF

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Academic Integrity

Our collective academic honesty is a simple prerequisite for the pursuit of knowledge.  In particular, the Jesuit principles that underlie the JWL mission statement and core philosophy demand that students commit to academic integrity in their pursuit of education through the JWL programme.  Students and teachers are expected to adhere to standards of good academic conduct: being responsible for one's own academic work, participating with good faith in academic discussions, and acknowledging the work of others.




JWL and its university partners describe plagiarism as a form of dishonesty by which the person misrepresents someone else's words, ideas, phrases, sentences or data as his or her own or otherwise fails to properly acknowledge the source of such material through complete and accurate citations and reference lists. Both the intentional and unintentional use of another's work constitutes plagiarism. Examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Directly quoting another person's words without the use of quotation marks and/or acknowledging the source;
  • Paraphrasing, or restating, another person's ideas, opinions or theories without acknowledging the source;
  • Using facts, statistics, or other material taken from a source without acknowledging the source; and
  • Failing to properly cite an original source when using it.