Masters Programs in Religious Studies

Compare 36 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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History of Religions (M.Phil)

MF Norwegian School of Theology
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 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 in Theology & Religious Studies

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam Rotterdam + 1 more

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 of Divinity

Africa International University
Campus Full time 3 years August 2017 Kenya Nairobi

The Master of Divinity programme is designed to provide an integrated training for those entering the pastorate in diverse situations, including missionary service, church education ministries, teaching in theological institutions and other related types of Christian service. [+]

Masters in Religious Studies. Master of Divinity The Master of Divinity programme is designed to provide an integrated training for those entering the pastorate in diverse situations, including missionary service, church education ministries, teaching in theological institutions and other related types of Christian service. The programme draws from various divisions of the theological disciplines, thus allowing the programme to give the student the option to concentrate on one area of emphasis or specialisation. Students in the programme can pursue any one of the following emphases: Biblical Studies, Christian Education, Church History, Missions, Pastoral, Theological and Translation Studies. On the other hand, a student can pursue a general area of study without taking any emphasis. At the end of the course of study in the Master of Divinity programme, a student should be able to: 1) Demonstrate a good general knowledge of the content of the Old and New Testaments. 2) Interact biblically and intelligently with historical and current theological issues and positions both within the African and global contexts. 3) Articulate clearly the call of Christians to world evangelisation and demonstrate that understanding through personal involvement. 4) Demonstrate basic teaching skills in an area of ministry. 5) Provide leadership in the church and para-church organizations. 6) Define his/her call, gifts and abilities so as to function well in specific area of specialization. 7) Live a godly life, serve others with humility and exemplify moral and ethical integrity in all dealings with fellow believers and society in general. ... [-]

Master of Divinity Program

Union University California
Online Full time 4 - 6 years October 2017 USA Westminster

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) program is designed to empower and equip students to serve as transformational Christian leaders within today’s multicultural contexts. [+]

MASTER OF DIVINITY PROGRAM Languages offered: English, Vietnamese DESCRIPTION The Master of Divinity (MDiv) program is designed to empower and equip students to serve as transformational Christian leaders within today’s multicultural contexts. UUC offers the traditional ministerial skills of biblical and theological competence, effective communication, spiritual sensitivity and maturity, passion for evangelism and pastoral care. In addition, our program offers courses in global interconnection of the contemporary world, the importance of understanding urbanization, principles of effective leadership, organizational development skills, and social transformation. Graduates of the program will be competently equipped to serve effectively and at a professional level as ordained pastors and leaders within the contexts of churches or other Christian organizations and/or ministries. LEARNING OUTCOMES After successfully completing the Master of Divinity program, graduates will be able to: 1. Articulate effectively a sound biblical and historical theology 2. Develop practices of personal and spiritual maturity 3. Have capacity to do church planting and church renewal 4. Mobilize the church for social transformation, conflict, reconciliation, and global mission 5. Lead competently and organize and manage skillfully and to mentor laity for their ministries in families, churches, and the public sector. ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS An applicant must complete an online admission application andsubmit the following materials to the Director of Admissions to be considered for admission: 1. Two passport-sized photos 2. Copy of government-issued photo identification 3. Bachelor of Arts or Sciences Degree or international equivalent from an accredited/ recognized college or university 4. Official transcripts from all previous colleges or... [-]

Master Of Science

Université Francophone du Congo
Campus Full time September 2017 Democratic Republic of Congo 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. [-]

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... [-]

Master of Divinity

New Brunswick Theological Seminary
Campus Full time Part time August 2017 USA New Brunswick Jamaica + 1 more

The Master of Divinity degree program is designed to prepare students for a wide range of Christian ministry. This program, required by many denominations for ordination, is offered at the New Brunswick campus through day and night classes and at the St. John’s site through night classes... [+]

Masters in Religious Studies. The Master of Divinity degree program is designed to prepare students for a wide range of Christian ministry. This program, required by many denominations for ordination, is offered at the New Brunswick campus through day and evening classes and at the St. John’s site through evening classes. Education for ministry is not a matter of simply accumulating certain knowledge and skills. It is the beginning of a process of personal transformation whereby the student appropriates the knowledge and skills pertinent to ministry in a way that shapes the student’s self-understanding and life within the church and the world. Thus, both the integration of the diverse fields of knowledge and skill, and the integration of these fields with the actual experience and practice of ministry, are essential to a theological education. The course of study for the M.Div. falls into three major categories. The first consists of the core academic courses, grouped into three fields: Biblical Studies; Historical, Theological and Ethical Studies; Ministry Studies. The second consists of the experience and practice of varieties of ministry. This is found principally in a student’s Field Education placements, but also in the various aspects of life in the seminary community. Those courses which seek to integrate the various academic fields, and academic learning with practical experience, form the final category. The Ministeriums and required integrative courses constitute this category. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS The application deadline for US students for a term is two months before the first day of the... [-]

Master in Global Studies

VID Specialized University
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Norway Oslo

The School of Mission and Theology (MHS) offers a Master's Program in Global Studies. It is a two-year intensive academic course of study, 120 ECTS credits. [+]

The School of Mission and Theology (MHS) offers a Master's Program in Global Studies. It is a two-year intensive academic course of study, 120 ECTS credits. With specialisation in Religious Studies, Christian Studies or Study of Cultures and Intercultural Communication. The Master's Program provides students with awareness, insights and tools essential for understanding diverse cultural relations and multicultural settings in Norway, and globally. At the end of the program the students should have developed a professional appreciation of the international and intercultural challenges that affect our globalised world. The course will allow the students to develop intercultural interaction skills and personal cultural sensitivity, useful for employment in a variety of multicultural settings. International field work, internships and dialogue with organisations and businesses during the studies will enhance the possibilities for future employment. The multicultural field is expanding in Norway, and students with a Master's Degree in Global Studies will also have opportunities as teachers of different subjects requiring professional global competence. Objective The objective of the study is to enhance the professional competence (knowledge, skills and attitudes) of students preparing for careers that involve significant international and/or intercultural contact through professional education and research with particular reference to theology, religious studies, and intercultural communication. The study can also give students who already have been involved in international or intercultural careers an opportunity to reflect more systematically on their global experience in a scientific and methodological way, leading to the attainment of academic credits for their life experiences. Language All lectures... [-]

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 of Divinity

Naropa University
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 4 years September 2017 USA Boulder + 1 more

The Master of Divinity degree at Naropa University is the professional applied Religious Studies degree designed to prepare you for pastoral work, chaplaincy, social service professions, and community engagement, using wisdom gleaned from Buddhist traditions. [+]

What if you could prepare your heart and soul to minister to others in a Buddhist-inspired environment? The Master of Divinity degree at Naropa University is the professional applied Religious Studies degree designed to prepare you for pastoral work, chaplaincy, social service professions, and community engagement, using wisdom gleaned from Buddhist traditions. Taught in Naropa's Buddhist-inspired context, the MDiv program will expose you to Buddhist teachings and contemplative practices while also emphasizing an interfaith approach to pastoral practice. (You don't need to be a practicing Buddhist to flourish in the program, but we encourage a strong interest and curiosity in Buddhism.) Applied learning in the program connects our students to professional disciplines and contexts. Students may elect to complete either a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) internship in healthcare settings, or to do Field Education in a variety of ministry, social service, and prison settings. These opportunities, based on your interests will give you the opportunity to integrate the intellectual, contemplative, and pastoral skills you have acquired in the program in a real-world context. By asking you to participate in the contemplative work of Tibetan Buddhism, you will ready yourself to be of service in the world, developing the awareness, courage, and compassion necessary to serve others, whether they need a celebrant or someone to ease their sorrow. After Naropa The Master of Divinity degree from Naropa allows you to serve as leaders, ministers, and teachers in a variety of pastoral contexts. We have graduates who are serving in healthcare settings... [-]

Master of Divinity Degree (MDiv)

Maitripa College
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 4 years September 2017 USA Portland + 1 more

Maitripa College offers a robust, 72 credit minimum, three-to-four year Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree under the direction of Yangsi Rinpoche. The MDiv is a professional degree focused on a Buddhist approach to cultivating intellectual, spiritual, and professional skills in order to work as an agent of positive change in the world. [+]

Masters in Religious Studies. Maitripa College offers a robust, 72 credit minimum, three-to-four year Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree under the direction of Yangsi Rinpoche. The MDiv is a professional degree focused on a Buddhist approach to cultivating intellectual, spiritual, and professional skills in order to work as an agent of positive change in the world. Scholastic and contemplative training forms a stable foundation for skillfully enacting culturally- relevant wisdom and compassion. Candidates are prepared for a life of service and leadership in the non-profit sector and traditional chaplaincy roles within Buddhist, interfaith, or secular institutions and communities. At the core of the degree curriculum are the three pillars of higher education at Maitripa – Scholarship, Meditation, and Community Service. The Master of Divinity degree is designed for students seeking a practical, in-depth, and critical understanding of Buddhist thought, with a strong emphasis on real-life application, both internally and in service to the community. The program couples meditative training and active service in community partnerships with a core philosophical curriculum designed to ground the student in Buddhist principles, logic, philosophical arguments, meditative techniques, and methodologies of the academic study of religion. The synthesis of this training and study informs personal and professional applications of Buddhist orientations to concepts of self and other, the wish to alleviate suffering, and interdependence at local and global levels. In addition, the MDiv degree attends to the personal, scholarly, and pastoral competencies required for chaplaincy by offering a breadth of learning opportunities in canonical language... [-]

Master's Degree in Vocational Discernment and Pastoral Care

Universidad Pontificia Comillas
Campus Part time 3 years September 2017 Spain Madrid

The Institute offers a private Master's Degree in Vocational Discernment and Pastoral Care, in collaboration with the School of Formators at the San Ignacio Spirituality Center in Salamanca. The aim of this MA is to comprehensively prepare students to provide formation within religious congregations and other current ways of life in the Church, helping them to discern and fostering in them a strong sense of loyalty to their respective vocational commitments. As such, it is designed for priests, religious brothers and sisters and laymen and laywomen who play a direct role in vocational promotion, formation or care. [+]

Master's Degree in Vocational Discernment and Pastoral Care The Institute offers a private Master's Degree in Vocational Discernment and Pastoral Care, in collaboration with the School of Formators at the San Ignacio Spirituality Center in Salamanca. The aim of this MA is to comprehensively prepare students to provide formation within religious congregations and other current ways of life in the Church, helping them to discern and fostering in them a strong sense of loyalty to their respective vocational commitments. As such, it is designed for priests, religious brothers and sisters and laymen and laywomen who play a direct role in vocational promotion, formation or care. It is also aimed at people who are involved in personal formation processes through leading Spiritual Exercises, offering spiritual direction or providing formation in pastoral care. Admission Who is it intended for? This Master’s Degree is designed for priests, religious brothers and sisters and laymen and laywomen who have or plan to take on a direct role in vocational promotion, formation or care. It can also be of use for educators of the Faith or people who are involved in personal formative processes through leading Spiritual Exercises, offering spiritual direction or providing formation in pastoral care. Regular admission requirements are: Preferred age: between 25 and 35 Study background: licentiate (five-year) degree or diploma (three-year degree) with proven experience of at least two years of work That the candidate commits to three consecutive years of study. The admission process to the Master's Degree is as follows:... [-]

MA Biblical Studies

Heythrop College - University Of London
Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

Perform an advanced study of biblical texts from both the Old and New Testament, with an emphasis on current methodologies [+]

Masters in Religious Studies. Perform an advanced study of biblical texts from both the Old and New Testament, with an emphasis on current methodologies. The programme attracts teachers and people involved in church ministry, as well as anyone with a particular interest in the textual study of biblical literature. It provides a valuable ongoing education for ministers. CORE MODULES - Critical Aspects of Biblical Interpretation (Old Testament) - Critical Aspects of Biblical Interpretation (New Testament) OPTIONAL MODULE GROUP ONE Select between the two - Reading 1 Corinthians - A Critical Investigation of the Gospel of Mark OPTIONAL MODULE GROUP TWO Select between the three - The Bible in the life of the Church - Second Temple Judaism - Women in the Old Testament and Intertestamental Era OPTIONAL LANGUAGE MODULE Students may replace one optional module with a language module. - Biblical Hebrew - New Testament Greek Entry - An honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent in an appropriate subject Interim awards - PGCert Biblical Studies - PGDip Biblical Studies Course length - 1 years full-time - 2 years part-time [-]

Master in Religious Studies

University of Saint Joseph
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 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 [+]

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). [-]

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. [+]

Masters in Religious Studies. 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... [-]