Our Master’s degree program is designed for students looking to engage in the academic study of religion beyond the bachelor’s degree. Students undertake the MA with a variety of goals; many aim to go on to a Ph.D. Others peruse an MA to understand how religion informs and enriches the world, knowledge they can apply to other professional fields.
The Master’s degree provides a broad background in the study of religion, various religious traditions, and theoretical orientations in the discipline. Our existing areas of focus include:
- Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Religions (Jamsheed Choksy, Jason Mokhtarian, Jeremy Schott, Kevin Jaques, Herbert Marks)
- Buddhist Studies (Richard Nance, Heather Blair, Rebecca Manring)
- Chinese Thought (Aaron Stalnaker, Michael Ing, Heather Blair, Richard Nance)
- Comparative and Transnational Studies of the Muslim Tradition (Kevin Jaques, Nur Amali Ibrahim, Shaul Magid, Rebecca Manring, and Aaron Stalnaker)
- Ethics, Philosophy, and Politics in the Study of Religion (Winnifred Sullivan, Lisa Sideris, Aaron Stalnaker, Constance Furey, Michael Ing, Shaul Magid, Richard Nance)
- History of Christianity (Constance Furey, Patrick Michelson, Jeremy Schott, Aaron Stalnaker, Candy Gunther Brown, Sonia Velázquez, Paul Gutjahr, Ed Linenthal)
- Jewish Thought and Culture (Sarah Imhoff, Shaul Magid, Jason Mokhtarian)
- Religion in the Americas (Candy Gunther Brown, Paul Gutjahr, Cooper Harriss, Sarah Imhoff, Ed Linenthal, Stephen Selka, Winnifred Sullivan, Kevin Jaques, Shaul Magid, Lisa Sideris)
- Religions of South Asia (David Haberman, Nur Amali Ibrahim, Rebecca Manring, Richard Nance, Kevin Jaques)
- Religion, Textuality, and Cultural Imagination (Constance Furey, Cooper Harriss, Jeremy Schott, Sonia Velázquez, Heather Blair, Rebecca Manring, Patrick Michelson, Richard Nance, Lisa Sideris, Winnifred Sullivan)
The M.A. in Religious Studies is normally a two-year program. Students have to complete 30 credit hours and demonstrate reading proficiency in one non English language of scholarship. In order to graduate students must complete an approved revision of a research paper, between 20-30 pages in length (not counting endnotes). Please consult the University Graduate School Bulletin for detailed information about University and departmental requirements.
For information on funding please refer to the graduate funding guide.