Masters Programs in Religious Studies

Compare 28 Masters Programs in Religious Studies

Religious Studies

Students with an interest in obtaining a master’s degree should seek out an accredited university which offers a program that appeals to their academic interests. Most master’s degrees are awarded when extensive study and research have been completed through a qualified institution. A Master in Religious Studies is a unique degree which can appeal to both the academic and spiritually-minded individual.

 

What is a Master in Religious Studies? The study of religion is a vast topic which includes a wide range of interdisciplinary approaches. Students will study everything from religious history to theology and religious theory. An interdisciplinary approach to a Master in Religious Studies can also include the impacts of religion on culture, art, or psychology.

 

Whatever approach a student takes to their religious studies degree, this rewarding field of study can impact both spiritual and secular thinking. An understanding of one or many religions can help individuals to connect with others of different cultural backgrounds and fields of thought.

 

Because the cost of a master’s program will vary from one institution to the next, it is important for potential students to approach the financial offices of the schools they are interested in attending to learn more about the price of fees and tuition. Students should compare the cost of each program and determine the value of the education being offered based on the credentials of the individual school or program.

 

Common career choices for religious studies graduates include ministers, diplomats, professors, and business relations managers. When selecting a Master of Religious Studies program, students should consider where they want their education to take them in their future career. Students should select the program that aligns with their spiritual interests and career aspirations.

 

Students looking for a chance to expand both secular and spiritual knowledge may find that a Master in Religious Studies is a perfect fit for their educational endeavors. To apply online, 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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MA with Major in Abrahamic Studies

Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Dallas

The MA with a major in Abrahamic Studies prepares students to work in the Abrahamic worlds of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam through gaining an understanding of the basic concepts and theories of these global cultures. [+]

Masters in Religious Studies. The MA with a major in Abrahamic Studies prepares you to work in the Abrahamic communities of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam through gaining an understanding of the basic concepts and theories of these global cultures. You will acquire language essentials for the study of the Abrahamic traditions, and learn to discern the points of intersection among these faiths. This will enable you to serve in and with Abrahamic communities and organizations based on respectful understanding of their beliefs and practices, engendering humanitarian contributions to local and global cultural goals. You will complete the general core requirements (15 credit hours) and concentration specific requirements (21 credit hours) to complete this 36 credit graduate degree. You may choose between a concentration in Islamic Worldviews or a student-crafted concentration in Abrahamic Worldviews. If you are interested in this program you should apply for Graduate Admission to GIAL. If previously enrolled at GIAL in anything other than “graduate admission status”, you will need to change your admission status. Prerequisites Prior to admission to the program, you must complete the following prerequisite requirements: AC4315 Old Testament Survey Course Summary A survey of the history, literature, and message of the Old Testament. Course Details Level: Undergraduate Credit hours: 3 Term(s) course is offered: Fall AC4316 New Testament Survey Course Summary A survey of the history, literature, and message of the New Testament. Course Details Level: Undergraduate Credit hours: 3 Term(s) course is offered: Fall *You may petition to waive these prerequisite requirements... [-]

Master in Theology & Religious Studies

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The one-year Master's programme Theology and Religious Studies focuses on specific professional fields. In this master's you will be prepared for a professional career within or outside religious institutions. [+]

Master in Theology & Religious Studies

 

The one-year Master's programme Theology and Religious Studies focuses on specific professional fields. In this master's you will be prepared for a professional career within or outside religious institutions. You can choose from various specializations that each focus on their own field. You will not only follow courses in which you reflect on a specific field or professional context; an internship is an obligatory part of this master's as well. Of course, you will write a thesis to finish your master's programme. Throughout the programme you will be actively coached in your study progress and personal development.The five specializations to choose from are:... [-]


Master's Degree in Diakonia and Christian Social Practice

VID Specialized University
Campus Full time 2 years January 2018 Norway Oslo

The study provides theological and hermeneutical knowledge, ethical competence, management and leadership skills, research skills, intercultural and interreligious skills, and interdisciplinary working proficiency. [+]

Masters in Religious Studies. The study provides theological and hermeneutical knowledge, ethical competence, management and leadership skills, research skills, intercultural and interreligious skills, and interdisciplinary working proficiency. The intent of the programme is to produce graduates who qualify for both practical and leadership positions within diaconal activities and institutions as well as value based social service agencies, whether they are Christian or public welfare based. After completing the programme you will have : Obtained the knowledge of the theory and practice of diakonia, as well as the professional competence required to function within congregations, institutions and organizations. This knowledge includes a basic understanding of Christian theology. Acquired an integrated and professional understanding of diaconal approaches and methods that express international and ecumenical awareness, interdisciplinary perspectives, perspectives of participation and gender awareness in relation to diaconal practice. Gained competency in facing the major contemporary challenges within diaconal action related to the struggle for justice, stewardship of Creation, building inclusive fellowships, and expressing love for one’s neighbour. Developed his/her competence in applying acquired knowledgerelated to understanding, methods and problem solving – in new and unfamiliar environments. Entry Requirements You must hold a bachelor’s degree (minimum three year full time study, 180 ECTS) in social work, nursing, education in social sciences, theology, social service administration (or equivalent) as well as sufficient proficiency in English. Eligibility The programme has two main target groups: All students with own funding who want to attend the complete programme. Students from other master’s programmes who want to attend... [-]

Master Of Science

Université Francophone du Congo
Campus Full time September 2017 Congo, DR Goma

Master of Science in Religions [+]

Master of Science in Religions UFRACO will use all possible means to achieve its objectives by intensifying conferences, seminars, symposiums, scientific days. And as a university linked to the Bologna process, the LMD system, through the mobility of its students and professors with other universities attached to the system. UFRACO adopts the following philosophy: 1) Facilitate the mobility of students and learners in Central Africa and the Great Lakes in particular as well as throughout the world. 10 2) To make the training offerings of African countries legible, visible and predictable; 3) Valuing African formations on a global scale and making them compatible, adoptable and adaptable to knowledge and practiced rigorously in all other countries. It is the national program, plus the cross-curricular courses, but the system is that of License , Master and Doctorate (LMD). However, we will closely follow the different orientations of the Ministry of Trustees on this system. [-]

Master In Theology

L’Université Catholique Du Congo
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Congo, DR Kinshasa

In 1996, the Standing Committee of the Bishops of the Congo approved a new organization of studies at the Faculty of Theology, which came into force in October of the same year. The reform began with a review of the program of the Department of Theology and Humanities, whose initial twofold objective was the theological formation of religious and lay students who were not destined for the priestly life and the inculturation of the The gospel through the integration, in theological formation, of human sciences attentive to the milieu and cultural traditions. [+]

Masters in Religious Studies. In 1996, the Standing Committee of the Bishops of the Congo approved a new organization of studies at the Faculty of Theology, which came into force in October of the same year. The reform began with a review of the program of the Department of Theology and Humanities, whose initial twofold objective was the theological formation of religious and lay students who were not destined for the priestly life and the inculturation of the The gospel through the integration, in theological formation, of human sciences attentive to the milieu and cultural traditions. Without abandoning this double concern, the Standing Committee of Bishops reaffirms that the Church needs the lay people trained in theology, and stresses that the formation of the latter must be the same as for the priests (except, of course, the Matters connected with the priestly ministry). There will be no special program either for the laity or for the priests. For all, he will be the same at all levels: Graduate, License, Diploma of Approfondies (DEA), Doctorate. Moreover, all theology taught at the Faculty must be inculturated; The formation in the human sciences intrinsic to theology is imposed on all the students of theology and this, at each level. The Faculty of Theology intends not only to train specialists in Theological Education in Universities, Major Seminaries and Scholasticates, but also to train competent cadres for theological, apostolic, pastoral and liturgical activities within religious communities And Christian. Within this Faculty there are four orientations:... [-]

M.Phil. in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies [FT/PT}

Trinity College Dublin
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 Ireland Dublin + 1 more

A variety of modules is offered each year, drawn from the list below. A module on Research and Methods is compulsory; students select a further 5 modules for assessment and write a dissertation. Teaching takes places in Dublin over two terms. A one term, non-degree course of study is available which is ideal for those on sabbatical, or who prefer a shorter period of study. There is also the option of attending single modules... [+]

M.Phil./P.Grad.Dip. in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies A variety of modules is offered each year, drawn from the list below. A module on Research and Methods is compulsory; students select a further 5 modules for assessment and write a dissertation. Modules Authority, Tradition, Experience: Ecumenics as Intercultural Theology World Christianity and Interreligious Dialogue ®®: Meaning and Practice Religions and Ethics in a Pluralist World Nature, Grace and the Triune God Developing Doctrine: Identity and Change in Christian Tradition Interpreting Ecumenical Ecclesiology An Ecumenics of Loss: Religion, Modernity and Reconciliation Creation, Cosmology and Ecotheology Engaging Religious Fundamentalism Christian Seeds in Hindu Soil: Christianity in South Asia The Church in the Shadow of the Mosque: Christianity in the World of Islam On Being Human: Theological Anthropology in Cross-cultural Perspective The Many Faces of Jesus: Christology and Cultures Comparative/Interreligious Ethics Cross-cultural Ministry and Interreligious Encounter Muslim God, Christian God: Islam and Muslim-Christian Comparative Theology Hindu God, Christian God: Hinduism and Hindu-Christian Comparative Theology Judaism and Jewish-Christian Relations Issues in Buddhist-Christian Dialogue Northern Ireland: Conflict, Religion and the Politics of Peace Religions and International Relations Comparative/Interreligious Ethics Teaching takes places in Dublin over two terms. A one term, non-degree course of study is available which is ideal for those on sabbatical, or who prefer a shorter period of study. There is also the option of attending single modules. Modules from the M.Phil. in International Peace Studies and the M.Phil. in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation are also open to students on the M.Phil. in Intercultural... [-]

History of Religions (M.Phil)

MF Norwegian School of Theology
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 Norway Oslo

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Religion and History in the Pre-Modern World:Encounter and Conflict [+]

Masters in Religious Studies. Language of Instruction: English Interdisciplinary Approaches to Religion and History in the Pre-Modern World: Encounter and Conflict Why is Jerusalem still such a contested place? What are the reasons for the systematic destruction by the Islamic State (IS) of the cultural heritage of the past? Why do sacred texts produced centuries ago continue to shape the lives of people today? How are they used and abused? Why does the sword sometimes replace the word in religious matters? How did religious groups, ideas and artefacts travel from one continent to another and how did that migration transform them? In other words, how did religious conflicts and encounters shape the modern world and why do they still matter today? These are some of the topics MF Norwegian School of Theology tackles in its new M.Phil programme in History of Religions, with a primary focus on Religion in the Pre-Modern World: Encounters and Conflicts. The programme is focused on the issues of religious cross-pollination, coexistence and conflict in three target areas: Europe, South-East Asia and the Middle East. Addressed in a long historical perspective stretching from Late Antiquity to the European Renaissance, the programme seeks to illuminate the roots of present peaceful coexistence and interchange, as well as of today’s antagonisms and conflicts. The underlying idea of the programme is that, in order to fully grasp current religious conflicts and alliances, we need to understand how the perceptions of past and present are intertwined, reciprocally dependent and constantly reshaped.... [-]

Master’s degree in History of Christian Civilization

The European University Of Rome
Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Italy Rome

The Master’s Degree in “Storia della Civiltà Cristiana” (History of Christian Civilization, code LM-84 according to the Italian Regulation) is a development of the Bachelor’s degree in History, activated at Università Europea di Roma. It is meant to conduct a deep study of the historical facts in light of Christian principles and teachings, with special regard to the history of Europe. Scientific Method is... [+]

Master’s degree in History of Christian Civilization The Master’s Degree in “Storia della Civiltà Cristiana” (History of Christian Civilization, code LM-84 according to the Italian Regulation) is a development of the Bachelor’s degree in History, activated at Università Europea di Roma. It is meant to conduct a deep study of the historical facts in light of Christian principles and teachings, with special regard to the history of Europe. Scientific Method is used in documenting how such principles and teachings contributed to the development of civilization. The Master’s degree in History of Christian Civilization aims to give students methods and techniques necessary to: Study the history of Christian civilization and to verify the connections between its development and the cultural values of the Christian message. Acquire advanced knowledge on the historic and cultural identity of Christianity. Conduct a deep analysis of Christian events and characters whose influence on human events was the most significant. Acquire capability of conducting a profound investigation of the history of Christianity and of its influence on the history of populations as well as on the history of Literature and of the Arts. Acquire capability of analyzing the relationships between Christianity and the other great monotheistic religions, in order to better understand the other religions’ spirituality in comparison with Christian religion. Most of regular classes are given in Italian. A good working competence in this language is therefore recommended. [-]

Master in Religious Studies

University of Saint Joseph
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 Macau China Anhui + 1 more

The Master’s degree in Religious Studies is an inter-disciplinary programme, providing professional, academic guidance, and on site field work in the different Macao religious heritage spots, as well [+]

Masters in Religious Studies. The Master’s degree in Religious Studies is an inter-disciplinary programme, providing professional, academic guidance, and on site field work in the different Macao religious heritage spots, as well as in historical archives, libraries and museums. Courses focus on the study and interpretation of Asian religions in their theoretical (e.g. beliefs, myths, philosophy), practical (e.g., rituals, practices) and sociological expressions (e.g., groupings). [-]

MTh Orthodox Studies

University of Winchester
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Winchester + 1 more

MTh Orthodox Studies at Winchester gives students from a variety of backgrounds, who have an interest in Orthodox Christianity, the opportunity to develop and expand their range of theological skills and knowledge at a higher level. [+]

The programme offers a wide-ranging study of Orthodox Christian tradition and practice including theology, history, ecclesiology, tradition, liturgy and art. It draws on a variety of academic disciplines and discourses to enable students to reflect critically on the entirety of the Orthodox faith, tradition and practice. Students with a background in Orthodox studies have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding at a higher academic level. Those of different backgrounds are enabled to approach Orthodox thought and tradition critically and connect, compare and contrast it with their own theological background. Study enables students to research the Orthodox, early Christian and patristic tradition, and connect it to broader areas of human life and understanding in contemporary multicultural societies. Students explore and critically reflect upon Orthodox experience, developing an informed awareness of the dynamic nature of the Orthodox Christian tradition and the theological task of subjecting this tradition to a process of testing and renewal. Modules Core modules: Introduction to Orthodox Theology Research Methods Optional modules: Orthodox Ascetic Mysticism Dionysios the Areopagite The Experience of Orthodox Monasticism Modern Orthodox Theology Icons: Theology in Colour Orthodox Canon Law Pilgrimage Supervised Research Project [-]

Master Current Challenges In Pastoral Practice

Universidad Pontificia De Salamanca
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Spain Salamanca

This is an annual refresher course and training in Practical Theology which offers a deeper analysis and criteriology for work in the pastoral area. [+]

Masters in Religious Studies. Program Description This is an annual refresher course and training in Practical Theology which offers a deeper analysis and criteriology for work in the pastoral area. bioethics, family, education, social life, offering training paths response to the great challenges that society directs the Church in the fields of pastoral action, of spiritual life and moral reflection is proposed. GOALS In the field of university education (academic), the Master is presented as a refresher course and training in practical theology oriented delve into some of the challenges that society is facing today the evangelizing action of the Church, mainly taking consider the field of bioethics, spirituality, family, education, migration and catechesis. Professional profiles Pastoral religious professionals Curriculum Block 1: Moral Area (12 ECTS) 2nd block: Spirituality and Pastoral Area (15 ECTS) 3rd block: Seminar (6 ECTS) 4th block: Methodology (3 ECTS) Block 5: Memory (24 ECTS) The student, in consultation with the director of the Master, can make a curriculum where different thematic blocks remain defined by the range of courses and seminars Faculty offers at different degrees. He also elect a teacher to accompany him in making a memory of the subject that the student wishes to delve into the subject areas covered by the Master. Methodology The Master has 60 ECTS to be held in solitary face teaching throughout the academic year. In addition to the master classes of different courses, a research seminar and support in conducting a research report will be provided. Duration... [-]

Master in Protestant Theology

Charles University Protestant Theological Faculty
Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Czech Republic Prague

Graduates are equipped with a knowledge of Christian theology in its historical, systematic, and practical dimensions. They are capable of working with biblical texts in the original languages and are proficient in the hermeneutics of Christian texts, with a particular emphasis on the tradition of the Reformation, and in dialogue with other Christian traditions, with philosophy, and with the social sciences. [+]

Graduates are equipped with a knowledge of Christian theology in its historical, systematic, and practical dimensions. They are capable of working with biblical texts in the original languages and are proficient in the hermeneutics of Christian texts, with a particular emphasis on the tradition of the Reformation, and in dialogue with other Christian traditions, with philosophy, and with the social sciences. They are familiar with the phenomenology of religion, with the traditional world religions and with new religious movements. Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria The entrance examination takes place in one round and has a written and an oral part. The written part tests applicants' knowledge of biblical theology (including the original languages), systematic theology, historical theology, world religions and philosophy. The oral part is an interview to establish applicants' specific qualifications for the study programme. Assessment criteria: the two parts of the entrance examination are assessed by points giving a maximum total of 100 (50 for the written test and 50 for the oral interview). The examiners marking the written part will not know the identity of the applicants. Conditions for admission The applicants who are most successful in the entrance examination will be accepted. The Dean will determine the number of points necessary to be accepted. Information on the exercise of graduates Graduates can make use of their studies in the service of their churches as ministers in parishes, in catechetical, educational and pastoral work, and also in the social and cultural fields and in... [-]

Master in Intercultural Theology

University of Göttingen
Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2017 Germany Göttingen Austria Innsbruck Italy Rome Padua Serbia Belgrade Hannover Braunschweig Clausthal-Zellerfeld + 10 more

M.A. programme Intercultural Theology offers a unique combination of theory and practical experiences. Teaching language is English. [+]

Masters in Religious Studies. M.A. programme Intercultural Theology offers a unique combination of theory and practical experiences. Teaching language is English. The study course lasts for four terms and is offered by Göttingen University in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences for Intercultural Theology Hermannsburg (Fachhochschule). It imparts basic knowledge about intercultural theology, which is to be applied in a project abroad or in Germany. The Master degree qualifies for various jobs in the churches, in Non-Governmental-Organizations, media, institutions of adult education or scientific institutes. Programme: Intercultural Theology M.A. Degree: Master of Arts Standard period of study: Four semesters Start: Winter semester Admission requirements: See below Application: To the Faculty Application deadline: May 1st Language requirement: English (verification required, see below) Programme description The M.A.programme Intercultural Theology aims at equipping graduates to foster intercultural, interreligious and interdenominational communication and cooperation. The programme enables students to conduct in-depth scientific work in regards to theologically responsible practice within intercultural and interreligious communication and education processes. The programme therefore conveys knowledge on structural elements, forms and transformation processes of the Christian message in different cultural contexts. It enables students to anaylse and understand the trans- and intercultural characters and diversity of the cultural form of Christianity. Students will learn to responsibly contextually communicate the Gospel and to reflect the interaction of Christians with people of other religions, as well as analyse the theological, social, political and economical conditions of (inter)cultural transformation processes. The international mixture of students as well as a mandatory... [-]

Master in Religious Studies

Laikipia University
Campus Full time January 2018 Kenya Nyahururu

Welcome to the Department of Public Affairs and Environmental Studies. [+]

Mr. Apollo Orawo, B.A, M.A., Chairman of Department On behalf of the members of staff of the Department of Public Affairs and Environmental Studies, let me take this opportunity to welcome all of you to Laikipia University, and by extension, to the Department. The Department offers various undergraduate as well as postgraduate programmes. It also offers service in teaching subjects for the Bachelor of Education programme in the School of Education. Post Graduate Degree Programmes - Master of Arts in History - Master of Arts in Religious Studies Degree Programmes - Bachelor of Arts in Peace Education - Bachelor of Science (Geography) - Bachelor of Police Science - Bachelor of Science in Community Development - Bachelor of Arts (History and Economics) - Bachelor of Arts (Economics and Sociology) - Bachelor of Arts in Criminology & Security Studies - Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science Diploma Courses - Diploma in Records and Archives Management - Diploma in Peace Education - Diploma in Police Science - Diploma in Community Development Certificate Courses - Certificate in Public Administration & County Governance - Certificate in Community Development - Certificate in Police Science The department also offers service to the School of Education in the following teaching subject combinations: - History/Religion - Religion/Kiswahili - History/Geography - History/Business Studies - Religion/Business Studies - Religion/Geography - History/Kiswahili - Geography/Mathematics - Geography /Business Studies - Geography /Economics - Geography/Kiswahili [-]

Master of Practical Theology

The King's University
Campus Full time 48 hours September 2017 USA Southlake

The MPT degree program seeks to Prepare men and women for specialized ministry within the local church, church related agencies, and the community; [+]

Masters in Religious Studies. Program Objectives The MPT degree program seeks to: Prepare men and women for specialized ministry within the local church, church related agencies, and the community; Equip students with the theories and practical skills necessary to perform effectively the ministry to which they are called; Increase biblical and theological understanding necessary to undergird these specialized ministries; Provide professional training that is enjoined by the ministry of the Holy Spirit; and Provide supervised ministry training for those entering specialized ministries. Learning Outcomes Upon completion of The MPT, students will be able to: Demonstrate knowledge of Scripture and the ability to properly use hermeneutical and exegetical principles to interpret and apply the Word of God in life and ministry; Survey the heritage and traditions of the Church and the Pentecostal/Charismatic Movements; Articulate a biblical theology of ministry for the student’s focused area of ministry; Integrate biblical and theological knowledge in the specialized area of ministry studied; and Communicate the gospel clearly and effectively. [-]