All students must complete a minimum of 30 points of coursework (excluding elementary or intermediate language study). The required 30 points includes four required seminars: RELI GR6101: Theory and Method; RELI GU4105: a research methods course in a discipline related to their research interests; RELI GR6420: Religion and Public Life; and RELI GR6112: Thesis Research and Writing Seminar, in which students write either a thesis or an article-length scholarly paper as their capstone project. In addition to these seminars, student complete a minimum of 4 electives in the student’s chosen specialization, including one independent study.
Students opting to develop their language skills, including those intending eventually to pursue a PhD in Religion, take additional language coursework and usually choose to complete the MA in 3 to 4 semesters. Students may begin language study at any level.
Students are encouraged to refer to the MA in Religion Checklist for a list of requirements as well as sample plans of study.