Masters Programs in Religious Studies

Compare 15 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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M.Phil. in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies [FT/PT}

Trinity College Dublin
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 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... [+]

Masters in Religious Studies. 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... [-]

Master in Religion, Society and Global Issues (M.Phil)

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

This Master’s programme aims at providing insights into various relationships between religion and society in an increasingly global and multicultural world. [+]

The programme is based on courses in social sciences and religious studies. An essential part of the programme is to give insight into the different ways by which religion is shaped by various local and regional social conditions. It aims at giving a more profound understanding of the relationship between religion and society in a global perspective and includes courses in: ethics sociology of religion intercultural communication human rights, conflict and reconciliation Career opportunities The programme provides education for positions in the field of research and education. Furthermore it qualifies for jobs in institutions and organizations where knowledge of religion in an international and global perspective is required. It is also relevant for positions of leadership within the public and private sector. Admission requrements A BA or equivalent degree in Theology, Social Science, Religious Studies or related fields. The study presupposes insights into one or more of the world religions and basic competence within religious studies. Grade average equivalent to Norwegian C level. Qualification Master of Philosophy Religion, Society and Global Issues More information The Master´s programme aims at providing education for positions within research and education, as well as within Norwegian and international institutions and organizations, where knowledge of religion in an international and global perspective is required. It is also relevant for positions of leadership within the public and private sector. The Master´s degree qualifies for further studies on a doctoral level. The Programme Master of Religion, Society and Global Issues consists of 120 ECTS, including a thesis... [-]

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 Science Of Religions: History And Society

Universidad de La Laguna
Campus or Online Full time 1 year September 2018 Spain Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The Master of Science in Religions: History and Society offers solid knowledge and methods of analysis on the great religious traditions of the History of Humanity, as well as tools for the management of religious diversity in contemporary societies. The first part of the Master, of an introductory nature, includes methodological, historical and legal contents. The second part is divided in two itineraries, designed for the student to specialize in "History of Religions" or "Management of religious and cultural diversity". Participating in the Masters are specialists of recognized trajectory of the Pablo de Olavide University, Carlos III University of Madrid, the University of La Laguna, as well as other universities and institutions. [+]

Deepening the knowledge of religions has become urgent. On the one hand, the 21st century has begun marked by conflicts that, under the label of "religious", hide a complex network of factors that go far beyond religion, but are inextricably linked to it. On the other hand, population movements are becoming more frequent, and we are especially aware today that peaceful coexistence between cultures requires both knowing one's identity and understanding and respecting the identity of others. The Master of Science in Religions: History and Society offers solid knowledge and methods of analysis on the great religious traditions of the History of Humanity, as well as tools for the management of religious diversity in contemporary societies. The first part of the Master, of an introductory nature, includes methodological, historical and legal contents. The second part is divided in two itineraries, designed for the student to specialize in "History of Religions" or "Management of religious and cultural diversity". Participating in the Masters are specialists of recognized trajectory of the Pablo de Olavide University, Carlos III University of Madrid, the University of La Laguna, as well as other universities and institutions.... [-]


Master Of Science

Université Francophone du Congo
Campus Full time February 2018 Congo, DR Goma

Master of Science in Religions [+]

Masters in Religious Studies. 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 & Religious Studies (Research)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Theology & Religious Studies research master's programme offers students the opportunity to study theology, both contextual and classical, at an... [+]

Master in Theology & Religious Studies (Research)

 

The Theology & Religious Studies research master's programme offers students the opportunity to study theology, both contextual and classical, at an advanced level. Our dedicated teaching staff consists of leading scholars from within VU University Amsterdam. They participate in national and international networks in their fields and provide state of the art expertise to make sure you are ready to meet the academic challenges ahead.At VU University Amsterdam you can choose to do theological research in the following disciplines: Biblical Studies, Church History, Dogmatics, Ecumenics, World Religions, Philosophy of Religion, Practical Theology, and the Social- Scientific Study of Religion. The specialization you choose will define the content of your personal Theology & Religious Studies (research) programme.... [-]


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 in Ecumenical Studies (MESt)

University of Bonn Center for Religion and Society
Campus Full time 12 - 24 months October 2018 Germany Bonn

The MESt covers a field of knowledge: the plurality of Christianities, the plurality of European and non-European churches and theologies, the plurality of religious differences in general and in their cultural contexts, and main concepts of the types of unity of Churches/Christianity to be desired as well as concepts regarding peaceful and respectful interactions of religions. In Bonn you will study this within the context of topics. [+]

The MESt covers a field of knowledge: the plurality of Christianities, the plurality of European and non-European churches and theologies, the plurality of religious differences in general and in their cultural contexts, and main concepts of the types of unity of Churches/Christianity to be desired as well as concepts regarding peaceful and respectful interactions of religions. In Bonn you will study this within the context of topics. A co-operative process of students and lecturers The students' familiarity with their background is an integral part of the learning process. Without the students' competences, the learning and teaching process would realize only half of its potential. The program strives for being sensitive to the religious and cultural embeddedness of researchers and students in the field of religion, as this embeddedness is not merely to be put in brackets while doing academic research, but rather can be laid open und thus also be openly reflected. Starting with the academic year 2013/2014, the Master's program in Ecumenical Studies is offered in two formats. Students who hold a 3-year Bachelor's Degree qualify for the two-year MESt (officially called MEESt- Extended Ecumenical Studies), while students who hold a 4-year Bachelor's Degree qualify either for the one-year or the two-year MESt. Program Components The Master's Program in Ecumenical Studies consists of: Lectures and seminars A six-week internship (one-year MESt) / A nine-week internship Internships are to take place between the winter and summer semesters (i.e. in February and March), for the one-year program resp. between the first... [-]

Master's Degree in Ignatian Spirituality

Universidad Pontificia Comillas
Campus Part time 1 year September 2018 Spain Madrid

Why study Ignatian Spirituality? A multidisciplinary program with a balanced approach that covers history, anthropology, theology and spirituality as complementary perspectives for a comprehensive understanding of the Ignatian charism. An opportunity to read the actual primary documents of Ignatian sources and 'reflect' on them to keep learning today. A meeting with our team of professors, who are renowned experts in 'Ignatian Spirituality', will help you further explore the most fundamental aspects of our identity. [+]

Masters in Religious Studies. Máster en Espiritualidad Ignatiana Alentados por las palabras del Papa Benedicto XVI a la Congregación General 35 (21/02/2008) 'La Compañía de Jesús debe seguir formando con gran esmero a sus miembros en la ciencia y en la virtud, sin conformarse con la mediocridad' la Universidad Pontificia Comillas desea ofrecer este programa de formación en temas ignacianos a todos los miembros de la familia / red ignaciana y todos aquellos que deseen profundizar en este carisma y esta espiritualidad. ¿Por qué estudiar "Ignatiana"? Un programa interdisciplinar que maneja con armonía la historia, la antropología, la teología y la espiritualidad como perspectivas complementarias para una comprensión integradora del carisma ignaciano. Una oportunidad para leer directamente los principales documentos de las fuentes ignacianas y "reflectir" de ellos para seguir aprendiendo en nuestros días. Admisión Destinatarios: Jesuitas ya formados que por diversas razones en sus trayectorias personales estén interesados en profundizar "con fervor y rigor" en los contenidos de la espiritualidad ignaciana. Laicos/as de esferas y contextos ignacianos. CVX (CLC), ámbitos cercanos a instituciones de la Compañía de Jesús. e investigadores de otras universidades que deseen profundizar en la teología y espiritualidad ignacianas. Religiosas de espiritualidad ignaciana. Estudiantes jesuitas y de otras congregaciones que vengan a España a estudiar espiritualidad y deseen formarse más específicamente en espiritualidad ignaciana. Profesores y personal de instituciones de la Compañía de Jesús que deseen profundizar en la espiritualidad ignaciana y puedan realizar los diferentes módulos según sus tiempos y circunstancias personales. ¿Qué necesitas para... [-]

MTh Orthodox Studies

University of Winchester
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 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 [-]

MRES Christianity and Interreligious Relations

Heythrop College - University Of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This degree, specifically for students who wish to continue to MPhil or PhD research, establishes critical and research skills. Faith and faith communities figure large in contemporary public discourse [+]

Masters in Religious Studies. This degree, specifically for students who wish to continue to MPhil or PhD research, establishes critical and research skills. Faith and faith communities figure large in contemporary public discourse, but the issues are complex and interdisciplinary. London, one of the most cosmopolitan cities on earth, offers a unique setting for reflection on these issues. CORE MODULE Research Skills in Theology OPTIONAL MODULES - Jewish-Christian Relations - Muslim-Christian Relations - Christian Relations with Buddhism and Hinduism - Christianity in Dialogue Entry An honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent in theology or in another appropriate subject Interim awards - PGCert Christianity & Interreligious Relations - PGDip Christianity & Interreligious Relations Course length - 1 years full-time - 2 years part-time [-]

MRes in Biblical Studies

Heythrop College - University Of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This degree, specifically for students who wish to continue to MPhil or PhD research, establishes critical and research skills. Whereas the MA aims at breadth, the MRes trains graduate students to specialise [+]

This degree, specifically for students who wish to continue to MPhil or PhD research, establishes critical and research skills. Whereas the MA aims at breadth, the MRes trains graduate students to specialise in an area of proposed doctoral research. Biblical languages are required on the MRes.

CORE MODULES GROUP 1 Research Methods in Biblical Studies CORE MODULES GROUP 2

Choose between the two modules.

Critical Aspects of Biblical Interpretation (Old Testament) Critical Aspects of Biblical Interpretation (New Testament) CORE LANGUAGE MODULE

You must choose one language if you do not have the prerequisite language for your proposed doctoral study.

Biblical Hebrew New Testament Greek OPTIONAL MODULES The Bible in the life of the Church Second Temple Judaism Women in the Old Testament and Intertestamental Era Reading 1 Corinthians A Critical Investigation of the Gospel of Mark Critical Aspects of Biblical Interpretation (Old Testament) Critical Aspects of Biblical Interpretation (New Testament) Entry ... [-]

MA Canon Law

Heythrop College - University Of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This study of Roman Catholic Canon Law grew from an interest in canon law outside of ecclesiastical circles and within the church since the Second Vatican Council and subsequent revision [+]

Masters in Religious Studies. This study of Roman Catholic Canon Law grew from an interest in canon law outside of ecclesiastical circles and within the church since the Second Vatican Council and subsequent revision of canon law. The programme attracts civil lawyers, theologians, priests, people engaged in parish work and religious education and people working on marriage tribunals. MODULES - General Introduction to Canon Law - Marriage in Canon Law - The People of God - Sacramental Law Entry An honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent in theology or in another appropriate subject Interim awards - PGCert Canon Law - PGDip Canon Law Course length - 1 years full-time - 2 years part-time [-]

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 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). [-]