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 2018 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 2018 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 2018 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 in Theology & Religious Studies (Research)

University of Groningen
Campus Full time 24 months September 2018 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.... [-]


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. [+]

MA, Religion

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? ... [-]

Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion MA and PhD Programs

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time September 2018 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. ... [-]


MA Religions of Asia and Africa

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The MA Religions of Asia and Africa at SOAS offers the premier postgraduate curriculum in the U.K. for the study of the religions of Asia and Africa. It covers a wider range of religious traditions than most comparable programmes, whether in the U.K. or abroad: Buddhism in nearly all its doctrinal and regional varieties, Asian and African Christianities, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Shinto, Taoism, Zoroastrianism as well as the local religious cultures of Asia and Africa. [+]

MA Religions of Asia and Africa

Duration: Full-time: 1 calendar year Part-time: 2 or 3 calendar years. We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study.

Minimum 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.

Interview Policy: We welcome applications from students with non-conventional qualifications and usually determine suitability for the programme on the basis of an interview.... [-]


Master of Arts (MA) 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. [+]

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.

Religious texts, traditions and practices

The Master's programme Religious Studies offers exciting opportunities to students who enjoy studying religious texts, traditions and practices, and theoretical issues related to religious diversity. In the central course of this programme, research-based case studies are presented, which are related to different cultural contexts within Europe and to different time periods.

As part of the programme, students could for example specialise in historical and literary contexts in which the Bible took shape, as well as the rich story of its interpretation in various times and situations. Electives are offered that focus on specific topics, such as images of the divine in antiquity, representations of Eros and Thanatos in Christian art, the theological views of Dante, female mysticism in the Middle Ages or religious themes in popular culture.... [-]


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.... [-]


Master of Arts in Religious Studies

University of Lethbridge
Campus Full time Part time 24 - 48 months September 2018 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.... [-]


M.A. in Religion and Education

Mater Dei Institute of Education
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 Ireland Dublin + 1 more

This programme of studies is primarily aimed at those interested in the teaching of religious education in second-level schools. [+]

Specialise in one of three streams Digital Learning Mentoring and Leadership Religious Education Introduction Are you interested in religious education in post-primary schools? Would you like time to consider the issues facing religion and education in contemporary Ireland? Do you want to develop new resources and approaches to your teaching of religion? Have you wondered how to best approach religious education in a multi-cultural and multi-faith classroom?

As a graduate programme, participants will develop research skills in specific topics in religion and education. Upon successful completion of this programme the graduate will be able to:

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of current issues in Religion and Education Demonstrate a capacity for in-depth research in specific topics of RE Develop complex analytical and interpretative skills in the spheres of Religion and Education Assume responsibility for work within professional and pastoral contexts, with individuals and groups Investigate and reflect on educational, religious and theological values and thereby contribute effectively to change in society. Programme Content ... [-]

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:... [-]