Master of Art Degrees in Religious Studies

Compare 33 Master of Art Programs in Religious Studies

Religious Studies

Earning a Master in Religious Studies is a great choice for people who want to help others and strive to make the world a better place. Students who graduate with a degree in religious studies can work to solve religious conflicts, provide counseling services and teach others patience, compassion and understanding.

Prospective students typically ask, what is an MA in Religious Studies? It is an opportunity to further study the world’s religions including texts and the work of important religious figures. The knowledge can be used to assist in resolving conflicts and improving relations between people of different religions.

They are a number of benefits of earning an MA in Religious Studies. One is that students frequently develop increased empathy since they are exposed to the perspectives of many religions. Empathy can be a very important skill in today’s increasingly complicated world, and an important attribute when pursing work in certain fields.

The cost of a Master in Religious Studies varies from institution to institution and country to country. In order to understand the exact cost of enrollment, prospective candidates should contact the schools in which they are interested.

Upon completion of an MA in Religious Studies, graduates can find work in a diverse range of fields. One typical path is to become a minister. Others pursue teaching and research jobs. Counseling, social services positions and community and welfare work are other alternatives for people with an master’s degree in Religious Studies. Government policymaking positions are another possible career path.

There are wonderful schools in many countries that offer advanced degrees in religious studies. Our extensive database is a great place for prospective students to begin researching the wide range of options. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Master of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies

Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Belgium Leuven

The Master of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies (120 ECTS – 2 years) equips you to teach, lead organizations and churches, and participate in current theological debates relevant to Church and society. [+]

Master of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies

The Master of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies (120 ECTS – 2 years) equips you to teach, lead organizations and churches, and participate in current theological debates relevant to Church and society.

Besides the focus on fundamental and methodological questions, the Master’s Degree offers a wide range of courses on specific subjects. Tutorials and seminars strengthen your research expertise. At the same time, you acquire skills for a leadership or pastoral role and personally develop your theology. In the Master’s thesis, you learn to make an independent contribution to theological research. The program, taught in English, is designed for international students. Specializations ... [-]

Research Master: Master of Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion (Leuven)

KU Leuven: Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2019 Belgium Leuven + 1 more

Theology students today are faced with the momentous task of contributing to modern culture. This requires a thorough and interdisciplinary academic training. With this in mind, the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies insists on developing well-rounded and highly trained scholars with critical minds. The two-year Research Master equips students to function as experts in Church and society and prepares them for further research specifically oriented towards the Doctoral Program in Theology. [+]

Theology students today are faced with the momentous task of contributing to modern culture. This requires a thorough and interdisciplinary academic training. With this in mind, the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies insists on developing well-rounded and highly trained scholars with critical minds. The two-year Research Master equips students to function as experts in Church and society and prepares them for further research specifically oriented towards the Doctoral Program in Theology.

What is the Master of Advanced Studies in Theology and Religious Studies all about?

The Research Master: Master of Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion offers you a broad perspective on what theology and religious studies are all about. After graduation, you will have obtained a broad yet profound theoretical foundation in the great European traditions of thought and you will be able to move with ease as a dialogue partner in diverse theological fields.... [-]


Master of Arts (MA) in Religion

Concordia University Chicago
Online 6 semesters August 2019 USA River Forest

The Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) capitalizes on the rich Lutheran confession of Concordia University Chicago (CUC). It is an ideal way for church workers and laypersons to enrich their understanding of the Bible and Christian theology in an online format designed for people who work full time. [+]

Overview

The Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) capitalizes on the rich Lutheran confession of Concordia University Chicago (CUC). It is an ideal way for church workers and laypersons to enrich their understanding of the Bible and Christian theology in an online format designed for people who work full time.

The program is taught in cohort groups who move through the 11 courses together. Each course is eight weeks in length; one course is taken at a time. Students may begin study in the fall or spring semester. No courses are taught in the summer.

Who benefits from the Master of Arts in Religion? Lutheran educators, deaconesses, Directors of Christian Education, missionaries, church workers, and laypersons. Holding an advanced degree may help LCMS church workers receive increased benefits from their employers. Informed Christian laypersons from any denomination who desire faithful, Confessional study of theology from professors who believe the Bible to be inerrant and authoritative. Retirees who wish to study God’s Word and Lutheran doctrine. Spouses of Lutheran church workers may utilize this education for effective service in their congregation. Who teaches the courses? ... [-]

MA in Jewish Education

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Online & Campus Combined Part time 1 year Open Enrollment Israel Jerusalem

Take your career in Jewish Education to the next level with a prestigious MA Jewish Education from Hebrew University Melton Centre taught 1 year online with 6 weeks in Jerusalem [+]

1 Year International MA in Jewish Education Upgrade Your Career in Jewish Education!

Take your career in Jewish Education to the next level with a prestigious MA Jewish Education from Hebrew University Melton Centre. The 1-year online MA Jewish Education with a 6-week intense semester in Israel provides educators with the flexibility of studying and earning a Masters degree in Education without interrupting their work-life.

What’s Next in Jewish Education?

With the changing reality of Jewish life in the Diaspora, the Melton Centre for Jewish Education is moving in new directions to adapt and to offer solutions to strengthen Jewish education in communities abroad. The Melton Centre’s MA Jewish Education program is designed for educators in formal or informal frameworks who are interested in Jewish Education and its dialogue with Theory and Practice in Jewish Education and Teaching of Jewish Texts, and Educational Philosophy. Studies will integrate on-site and distance learning elements, where two semesters are taught online and 6 weeks are spent on-campus for an intense summer semester in Jerusalem. The principal advantage of this program is that Jewish educators abroad who are not able to spend a long period of time in Jerusalem now have the opportunity to study with Melton Centre faculty and enjoy the unique academic resources of Hebrew University. In addition, a one-year MA degree in Jewish Education from the Hebrew University gives graduates a competitive edge in academic level and prestige.... [-]


Master in Religious Studies

Utrecht University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Netherlands Utrecht

The Research Master's program in Religious Studies is a challenging, research-oriented program that prepares you for participation in current debates in the international community of scholars of religion and to make your own contributions to the field. [+]

Explore Religion And Its Interconnections With Society And Culture

Are you interested in the vibrant world of religions? Do you want to study how sacred texts such as the Bible or the Quran have been formed and interpreted throughout the ages? Do you want to understand why religious images, buildings, clothes, and everyday practices often provoke fierce debates or even violent conflicts? The Research Master's program in Religious Studies is a challenging, research-oriented program that prepares you for participation in current debates in the international community of scholars of religion and to make your own contributions to the field.

Specialisation

The program combines an advanced grounding in the central themes and theories of the study of religion, with ample opportunity for specialization. You can choose and develop your specific expertise in relation to one of the key research areas of our institute.... [-]


Masters in Buddhist Studies, Philosophy and Comparative Religions

Nalanda University
Campus Full time 4 semesters August 2019 India Delhi

The School fosters critical thinking and explore the wider cultural and historical context of Buddhism in individual regions of Asia. [+]

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY

Nalanda University was established following the passage of the Nalanda University Act 2010 in both the Houses of the Indian Parliament. The academic operations at the University started from September 2014.

Legacy of Ancient Nalanda

Since the hallmark of the ancient Nalanda University was its internationalism, the new Nalanda’s idea is also premised on the same. It is a revival university which takes its name from its ancient predecessor which remains the oldest known centre of organized higher education in the world. Given the huge resonance of Nalanda, especially in East Asia, it was decided that a new Nalanda University be established close to the site of the original.... [-]


MA Theology and Religious Studies

Leiden University
Campus Full time Part time 1 year February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 2 more

The master's programme in Theology and Religious Studies at Leiden University gives you the opportunity to explore a broad spectrum of religions and their manifestations from a comparative perspective. [+]

The master's programme in Theology and Religious Studies at Leiden University gives you the opportunity to explore a broad spectrum of religions and their manifestations from a comparative perspective.

A comparative approach

This one-year MA programme offers you the best of Leiden University, from outstanding teachers to world-class resources including its library's famous collections. A comparative approach is taken to the study of theories and concepts, which are applied to real-world empirical findings. Topics are explored from a wide range of disciplines from history to sociology.

Customise your degree

The multidisciplinary programme offers an expansive curriculum through which you can explore religion as well as tailor your degree to reflect your interests. You will be able to choose between two specialisations:... [-]


MA in Theology & Religious Studies (Research)

University of Groningen
Campus Full time 24 months September 2019 Netherlands Groningen

In this Research Master's Programme, you will study how religion is embedded in present-day and in historical cultural contexts. [+]

How can we interpret the influence of religion on local and global developments? What are the relationships between religion and other cultural domains such as science, philosophy, and politics?

In this Research Master's Programme, you will study how religion is embedded in present-day and in historical cultural contexts. You will explore the impact of local and global socio-economic and political developments on religion, and how religion contributes to such developments. A staff member whose research interests in religion matches yours best will act as your supervisor throughout the programme.

You will acquire an overview of central debates in the study of religion and develop key research skills by following three compulsory core modules.... [-]


Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion MA and PhD Programs

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time September 2019 USA San Francisco

Our program aims to help students cultivate the knowledge and wisdom to respond to the contemporary ecological crisis from integral and transdisciplinary perspectives. [+]

Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion MA and PhD

The ecological challenges of the 21st century represent a crisis of values and consciousness. The pace of global change calls for an understanding of the process by which humanity came to this crossroads in planetary history. Graduate study in Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion allows students to cultivate the knowledge and wisdom to respond to the ecological crisis from integral and transdisciplinary perspectives.

Our program is centered in nurturing a community engaged in revitalizing the human relationship to the earth and exploring intersections of eco-spirituality, eco-justice, indigenous traditions, and eco-feminism. The world's religious and spiritual traditions offer deep insight into the human condition, along with profound teachings about how humans should relate to one another and to the environment. Students gain skills and insight to transform practices, worldviews, and consciousness in the service of a more just, sustainable, and flourishing planetary future. Core faculty are founders in the field of religion and ecology, shaping global dialogue linking spirituality and cosmology with ecology and sustainability. ... [-]


Online Master of Arts (MA) in Religion

Concordia University Chicago - Online Degree Programs
Online Full time 6 semesters August 2019 USA River Forest

The Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) capitalizes on the rich Lutheran confession of Concordia University Chicago (CUC). It is an ideal way for church workers and laypersons to enrich their understanding of the Bible and Christian theology in an online format designed for people who work full time. [+]

The Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) capitalizes on the rich Lutheran confession of Concordia University Chicago (CUC). It is an ideal way for church workers and laypersons to enrich their understanding of the Bible and Christian theology in an online format designed for people who work full time.

The program is taught in cohort groups who move through the 11 courses together. Each course is eight weeks in length; one course is taken at a time. Students may begin study in the fall or spring semester. No courses are taught in the summer.

Who benefits from the Master of Arts in Religion? Lutheran educators, deaconesses, Directors of Christian Education, missionaries, church workers, and laypersons. Holding an advanced degree may help LCMS church workers receive increased benefits from their employers. Informed Christian laypersons from any denomination who desire faithful, Confessional study of theology from professors who believe the Bible to be inerrant and authoritative. Retirees who wish to study God’s Word and Lutheran doctrine. Spouses of Lutheran church workers may utilize this education for effective service in their congregation. Who teaches the courses? ... [-]

MA in Comparative Religion / Comparative Christian Theology

EUCLID (Euclid University)
Online Full time Part time 12 - 36 months Open Enrollment USA Washington Gambia Banjul Central African Republic Bangui + 5 more

EUCLID offers two closely related programs associated with its recognized expertise and intergovernmental mandate in the field interfaith studies and diplomacy. [+]

OVERVIEW:

As part of its mandate in the field of interfaith diplomacy, EUCLID offers to select students from the general public an external (distance or online) program called the EUCLID Master of Arts in Comparative Christian Theology. This program also exists (due to variations in the curriculum) as a Master of Arts in Comparative Religion. It should be noted that specialized programs in Interfaith Studies / Interreligious Diplomacy are also offered.

This online MA, representing 40 US credits (60 ECTS), is the world's only Master's degree program in this field offered by an intergovernmental organization, which also has a specific mandate and recognized expertise in interfaith diplomacy. In 2016, EUCLID received the first prize of the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week (photo below) and continues to support a number of theological and interfaith initiatives such as Interfaith Cities.... [-]


MA Religions of Asia and Africa and Intensive Language

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The MA Religions of Asia and Africa is in the first place a rewarding cultural and human experience. It is designed both as an end qualification in itself and as a platform preparing students for more advanced graduate work. [+]

MA Religions of Asia and Africa and Intensive Language

Duration: 2 years full time, 4 years part-time

Entry Requirements: Normally, minimum upper second class Honours degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification or equivalent standard. Applicants with qualifications obtained at private or religious institutions should inquire about the School’s position on such qualifications.

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for?

The MA Religions of Asia and Africa is in the first place a rewarding cultural and human experience. It is designed both as an end qualification in itself and as a platform preparing students for more advanced graduate work.... [-]


Master of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies (Religious Studies)

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time Part time 12 months September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam + 1 more

The one-year Master's in Religious Studies focusses on the historical roots of religious pluralism in Europe and the Mediterranean. You explore religious texts, traditions and practices, and study the theoretical issues related to religious diversity. [+]

As of the academic year 2018-2019, the University of Amsterdam offers three one-year Master's in Theology and Religious Studies:

Religious Diversity in Europe

Europe’s cultural history is characterised by religious exchange, adaptations and conflict within a global context. In this Master's programme, you will explore past and present religious diversities within and beyond their European contexts.

Islam in the Modern World

The Master's in Islam in the Modern World offers you an in-depth interdisciplinary academic framework to engage with topics and debates concerning Islam and modernity, both in Europe and the Muslim world.

Western Esotericism

The Master's programme Western Esotericism puts you at the vanguard of a new and exciting development in the study of Western culture and religion by focusing on the critical historical and analytical study of its esoteric movements.... [-]


Master of Arts in Religious Studies

University of Lethbridge
Campus Full time Part time 24 - 48 months September 2019 Canada Lethbridge + 1 more

Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, or East Asian Religions, provided they closely align with the expertise of our departmental members. Our members might also supervise MAs in other areas aligned with their ongoing research projects. Please consult the profiles of the individual professors, or contact them directly for such distinctive areas of research. For instance, some faculty conduct research on Buddhism in the West, mysticism, near-death experiences, and modern nondual spirituality. [+]

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Students may pursue a Masters degree in Religious Studies in the following areas:

Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, or East Asian Religions, provided they closely align with the expertise of our departmental members. Our members might also supervise MAs in other areas aligned with their ongoing research projects. Please consult the profiles of the individual professors, or contact them directly for such distinctive areas of research. For instance, some faculty conduct research on Buddhism in the West, mysticism, near-death experiences, and modern nondual spirituality.

Typically, MA students are expected to have or obtain the equivalent of one year of study in a classical language related to their research area. The University of Lethbridge offers courses in Latin and Japanese, and occasionally in Greek and Hebrew. However, Chinese, Sanskrit, Arabic, and other such languages may have to be studied at other institutions.... [-]


MA in Global Issues in Contemporary Mission

Redcliffe College
Online Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2019 United Kingdom Gloucester Czech Republic Prague + 4 more

This Masters distinctively focuses on key concerns within mission today, including globalisation, postcolonialism, justice and the environment. [+]

MA in Global Issues in Contemporary Mission

There is an increasing need within mission for practitioners to understand the key concerns within the global framework of contemporary mission. Our Postgraduate MA in Global Issues in Contemporary Mission addresses many of the current issues people face 'on the ground' and explores them in depth. Students can also research the pressing issues of their own ministry contexts

Who is the course for?

Are you looking for a postgraduate study that:

complements your work in an existing mission environment? will further increase your understanding of the 'big picture' of mission? will stretch you academically and allow you to research contemporary missiological issues? is taught by staff with first-hand mission experience? ... [-]