Master of Arts


The program provides students an opportunity to forge a unique, creative, and rigorous program of study. The degree can serve either as a terminal degree or as preparation for a doctoral program. It emphasizes the comparative and theoretical study of religion in its various traditions and forms. Reflecting the teaching and research interests of the current graduate faculty in the department, the program fosters interdisciplinary approaches, offering training in traditional and contemporary theories and methods in conjunction with substantive investigations of diverse religious traditions and topics. Students are encouraged to make imaginative use of all available resources in the creation of their own distinctive programs of study. Typically, this would involve:

  1. a focus on a particular religious culture/region or historical period, and
  2. an approach or approaches to the study of the subject area.

For students interested in the Religion and Public Engagement Concentration, please see page 123.

The Master of Arts in Religion program began in 1967.