Master of Arts in Religion

Develop your understanding of the classical and modern theories of religion and current research in religion, preparing you to express scholarly ideas by teaching at the high school and undergraduate levels or continuing your education in a Ph.D. program.

Catering to your interests, the program allows you to choose from a variety of courses, offers an optional thesis, engages you in research, and provides opportunities for you to teach in a college classroom.


What You’ll Learn

In the Religion graduate program, you will develop the research and writing skills essential for scholars in the field of religious studies.

Through the study of theology, world religions, biblical literature and other topics, you will be able to converse with others about the philosophical assumptions, theories and research as they relate to religion.

Opportunities will allow you deeper study into various religious topics, the Old and New Testaments and languages such as Hebrew and Greek, or a concentration in another department such as English or psychology.

Available Programs

Master of Arts in Religion

In addition to the University’s prerequisites, the Master of Arts in Religion requires the completion of 30 credit hours, including 18 hours of common coursework (which optionally may include a thesis), and 12 hours from a concentration of the student’s choice.

Students who choose the thesis option must pass a successful oral defense of their thesis.

For a more in-depth look at program and admission requirements, visit our Academic Catalog.


What You’ll Do

By completing a Master of Arts in Religion, you will be prepared for opportunities to teach at the high school and college undergraduate levels. You will also be ready for advanced graduate studies in religion.

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