The MA in Religion offers students exposure to cutting edge theoretical approaches to the study of religion while deepening their knowledge of a specific religious tradition or pursuing in-depth the engagement of religion with another related discipline. Students also have the option of pursuing extensive study in languages taught at few other universities, including Sanskrit, Classical Chinese, Hebrew, and Arabic to name a few. Understanding various languages serves as an important step toward developing scholarly expertise in their chosen field. This is a flexible program designed to give students training in the basic theories and methods of religious studies as well as exposure to current research interests within the Department, with special attention paid to the place of religion in public life across various religious traditions.
Completion of the MA does not automatically lead to admission to the PhD program.