The Masters degree provides a broad background in the study of religion, various religious traditions, and theoretical orientations in the discipline. Coursework culminates in a final project, which may be an article length essay, a translation of a religious text, or an examination. Many of our M.A. students continue their work at the doctoral level, either here or at other flagship institutions. Others move into different professions (e.g., law, social work, secondary education) or different academic disciplines.
The IU Dept. of Religious Studies is unusual within the field in that we provide full funding to support our M.A. students, except in unusual cases (usually where a student brings support with them from some external agency or government). M.A. student support generally includes tuition, fees, health insurance, and a modest but sufficient living stipend.
For further information, see the Graduate Student Guide (PDF).