Masters Programs in Religious Studies

Compare 35 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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Master of Divinity – Leadership

Liberty University Online
Online Full time September 2017 USA Lynchburg

Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary’s Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is intended to prepare students for professional work in Christian ministry within local churches as well as para-church organizations. [+]

Masters in Religious Studies. Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary’s Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is intended to prepare students for professional work in Christian ministry within local churches as well as para-church organizations. The M.Div. program provides an in-depth knowledge of biblical leadership principles and methods, and an in-depth study of Scripture and Christian principles. Coursework places emphasis on embracing the essential values, knowledge, and skills needed to serve in a variety of roles as a pastor. This online divinity program is also great for military students looking to fulfill service requirements as chaplains for certain branches of the armed services. Non-Discrimination Policy [-]

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 of Divinity

Oral Roberts University
Campus Full time 6 semesters September 2017 USA Tulsa

The Master of Divinity is the basic professional degree for ministry and is the prerequisite degree for admission into the Doctor of Ministry program and military chaplaincy. [+]

Masters in Religious Studies. Program Overview The Master of Divinity is the basic professional degree for ministry and is the prerequisite degree for admission into the Doctor of Ministry program and military chaplaincy. The six-semester, 88.5-hour program structured around field education and the three curricula areas of the seminary: biblical literature, theological/historical studies, and practices of ministry. Students are required to enroll in two semesters of field education after 50% of their coursework is complete. Twelve semester hours of open electives are provided to all students to bridge deficient areas or enhance areas of interest, including counseling, missions, biblical literature, and theological/historical studies. Because ORU has graduate schools in education and business, M.Div. students may also choose to use a limited number of these elective hours for cross-disciplinary training. Program Objectives The Master of Divinity degree program aims to: - Prepare candidates with a foundational knowledge of the historical/theological content of Scripture with a application to selected contemporary situations. - Prepare students to interpret biblical writings in the Greek and/or Hebrew languages, using critical exegetical tools and writing a hermeneutical and exegetical paper. - Provide a basic knowledge of the history of Christianity. - Provide a basic knowledge of theology and Christian doctrines. - Enable students to integrate biblical and theological understanding with practical ministry strategies. - Equip candidates with the biblical, theological and ethical understanding necessary to analyze and discuss contemporary social issues affecting the church and society. - Enable students to develop and articulate a theology and theory... [-]

Masters Degree In Canon Law Forum For Professionals

Universidad Pontificia De Salamanca
Online Full time Part time 1 year October 2017 Spain Salamanca + 1 more

The increase in recent years of marriage cases that come before the ecclesiastical courts and the disappearance in almost all the Spanish universities, specific training in canon law, [+]

Program Description The increase in recent years of marriage cases that come before the ecclesiastical courts and the disappearance in almost all the Spanish universities, specific training in canon law, is necessary to provide quality training for those professionals who wish intervene in these cases. This own Master of the Faculty of Canon Law, a course-long, fully on-line, is particularly aimed at those professionals (lawyers, solicitors, notaries, psychologists, psychiatrists, mediators and family counselors) who want to balance their working life with specialized studies in canon matrimonial and procedural law. Training is ensured by the presence of the team of professors from the Faculty of Canon Law, with a long teaching and research career in the subjects they teach. GOALS Address the lack of specialized training in the field of canon law professionals wishing to intervene in matrimonial cases before the ecclesiastical courts and provide quality training. Guide students to acquire adequate knowledge of the most important current problems in the different branches of canonical matrimonial and procedural law. Give students a basic canonical training complete university previous studies and enable them to act before the courts of the Catholic Church as lawyers cast, experts, notaries, attorneys or other related to the administration of justice offices in the Church . Bring these studies to all those who have the ability to take such courses in person or by work or family issues, lack of access to a Faculty of Canon Law at their places of residence or other causes. Professional profiles... [-]

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.... [-]

Degree In Canon Law

Universidad Pontificia Comillas ICAI-ICADE
Campus Full time 5 years September 2017 Spain Madrid

For inside the Church as an institution, to know the internal syntax commands justice as the activity of all members of the Church: laity, religious, priests, bishops, the Roman Pontiff. To make a synthesis between philosophy, theology and law and to work with a pastoral approach, in favor of those who need specialized advice, technical advice, effective defense of their rights, a secure company in their marital conflicts or otherwise. To learn to be, within the Church and the world, the defender of those who can not or do not know to defend themselves and to contribute to the triumph of justice. [+]

Degree in Canon Law For inside the Church as an institution, to know the internal syntax commands justice as the activity of all members of the Church: laity, religious, priests, bishops, the Roman Pontiff. To make a synthesis between philosophy, theology and law and to work with a pastoral approach, in favor of those who need specialized advice, technical advice, effective defense of their rights, a secure company in their marital conflicts or otherwise. To learn to be, within the Church and the world, the defender of those who can not or do not know to defend themselves and to contribute to the triumph of justice. Admission Entry requirements: Baccalaureate, COU or title of university entrance. Men and women religious and seminarians must also submit permission of the Ordinary or Major Superior. Process and criteria for admission: Personal interview Competencies Cognitive competencies (knowledge) In light of the provisions of the Christian Sapientia, the / the graduate / a has a broad and deep knowledge of the disciplines of the full Canon Law and related and complementary disciplines, as well as sufficient knowledge of the philosophical and theological disciplines that they are required for a legal-canonical superior training. Specifically, under Decree Novo Codice, such extensive knowledge should cover: The Code of Canon Law in all its parts and other legislation. related disciplines: theology of canon law; philosophy of law; institutions of Roman law; elements of civil law; canonísticas history of institutions; history of the sources of canon law; relations between the... [-]

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... [+]

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 of Divinity

Africa International University
Campus Full time 3 years May 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. [+]

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. ... [-]

MA in Religious Roots of Europe

Lund University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Sweden Lund

The Religious Roots of Europe is a two-year Nordic Master's Programme offered by the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies at Lund University in cooperation with the universities of Aarhus, Bergen, Copenhagen, Helsinki and Oslo. The programme focuses on Judaism, Islam and Christianity. [+]

Programme overview

The Religious Roots of Europe (RRE) is a two-year Nordic Master´s programme offered by the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies at Lund University in cooperation with the universities of Aarhus, Copenhagen, Helsinki and Oslo. The programme focuses on the formative periods of Judaism, Islam and Christianity, their common roots, early interaction and contributions to European culture. The programme prepares students for educational and social work in a multi-religious society or for research on the role of the three religions in European history and society. Through the programme students acquire detailed knowledge about the formation of the three religions and their interaction with one another, as well as skills relevant for any occupation or study where the role of the three religions is of importance.... [-]


Master of Divinity in Buddhist Chaplaincy

University of the West
Campus Full time Part time 3 years September 2017 USA Rosemead + 1 more

The Buddhist Chaplaincy program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel as Buddhist practitioners working in the field of professional chaplaincy. The program is designed to meet the needs of those who wish to engage in spiritual care and counseling work and to become properly trained and certified professionals. [+]

The Buddhist Chaplaincy program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel as Buddhist practitioners working in the field of professional chaplaincy. The program is designed to meet the needs of those who wish to engage in spiritual care and counseling work and to become properly trained and certified professionals. The program incorporates the requirements of the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) by offering 72 semester hours covering the nine core educational areas specified by the APC. These nine core areas are: Ritual/Liturgy Comparative Religions Religious Education Pastoral Care and Counseling Spiritual Formation Religious History Institutional Organization and Administration Sacred Literature Theology/Philosophy This program requires regular attendance on campus for classes, group processes, and other events. It is designed to serve local students and is not a low-residency or online program. Applicants should be prepared for long hours spent on campus and intense interaction with fellow students. Living near or on campus is highly recommended. Although this program can be completed on a part-time basis, full-time attendance is strongly recommended to facilitate the student’s required spiritual formation. Courses are designed to be taken in a prescribed sequence and not on an ad hoc basis. Full-time students are expected to take four classes, or 12 units, per semester to graduate in the specified three-year time period. Full-time students taking three classes, or 9 units, and part-time students should not expect to graduate in three years. Program Requirements Buddhist Chaplaincy students may apply no more than 6 units (two courses)... [-]

Master of Theology

University of Geneva
Campus Full time 4 semesters February 2018 Switzerland Geneva

The Master of Theology is a 120-credit programme offered jointly by the University of Geneva and the University of Lausanne. In order to satisfy the increasing demand for flexibility, a distance learning option is now available: students can decide whether to take each course in the classroom or via our interactive internet platform. [+]

Masters in Religious Studies. Master of Theology The Master of Theology is a 120-credit programme offered jointly by the University of Geneva and the University of Lausanne. In order to satisfy the increasing demand for flexibility, a distance learning option is now available: students can decide whether to take each course in the classroom or via our interactive internet platform. Out of the 7 areas of study in theology, students select 6 and complete a programme of 12 credits within each area. With the 18 remaining elective course credits, students can reinforce their general training in theology (for example via courses in the 7th area) or specialise in one or two of the proposed areas of study. AREAS OF STUDY: Old Testament/Hebrew Bible New Testamen History of Christianity Systematic theology Ethics Practical theology Religious studies The Master’s courses are taught in the classroom or via a distance-learning platform, at the University of Geneva or the University of Lausanne. For more information, visit: http://www.unige.ch/collegetheologie Curriculum Courses (90Credits) : Area A: 30 credits Area B: 30 credits Area C: 30 credits Area D: 30 credits Area E: 30 credits Area F: 30 credits Options: 30 credits Dissertation (90Credits) Mobility Students may go on exchange regardless of how many credits they have completed at the Faculty. Students may earn no more than 30 credits (or spend no more than one semester) on exchange. www.unige.ch/exchange Opportunities A Master of Theology leads to a number of opportunities in a variety of fields, such as: academic... [-]

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

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 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. [-]