Religious Studies M.A.
Religion matters. The University of Denver's Master of Arts in Religious Studies is designed to challenge you in new ways, examining your previously held assumptions and ways of seeing the world in favor of a new, broader perspective. We will ground you in a theoretical, interdisciplinary, flexible study of religion, equipping you to navigate our interconnected world. As you cultivate an understanding of the world's major religious traditions, you train to become an expert in your own field of interest. Guided by faculty members who are highly student-centered, you will be encouraged to do research that you find personally and professionally fulfilling.
What we offer:
- A thorough grounding in critical theory
- A uniquely interdisciplinary approach that allows you to take graduate-level courses across the university
- A highly flexible and customizable degree
- A focus on developing practical skills through site visits, service learning, community-engaged research and study abroad options
- A collaborative working environment where small classes, group learning experiences and close faculty-student interaction are the norm
Areas of specialization:
- Critical Theory & Religion
- Lived Religions
- Philosophy of Religion
- Religion & International Studies
- Sacred Texts
By its very nature, the study of religion is interdisciplinary. Indeed, many of our distinguished faculty members are experts in disciplines beyond the scope of classes they teach.
Because of this, we encourage our graduate students to take coursework across the university and work with faculty whose specialties lie outside the department. Our graduate students routinely take courses in departments such as:
- International Studies
- Art History
The Department of Religious Studies is distinctive among programs of its type because of its close, working relationship with the Department of Philosophy. Many courses are cross-listed between the two departments. Master’s students can either obtain a dual degree in philosophy and religious studies, or pursue specializations that allow them to take interdepartmental courses within the single M.A. trajectory.
Depending on your career goals and your G.P.A., you may choose from one of the following degree completion options:
- Revision of major term paper as publishable journal article
- Master's thesis
- Special research project
- Comprehensive examinations
In our program, small classes, group learning experiences, and close faculty-student interaction are the norm. Our average class size is 15 students or fewer. As you cultivate an understanding of the world's major religious traditions, you train to become an expert in your own field of interest. Guided by faculty members who are highly student-centered, you will be encourage to do research that you find personally and professionally fulfilling.
Develop practical skills to navigate your future career.
- Focus on the lived experience of religion and exposure to new traditions through site visits.
- Integrate meaningful community service with instruction and reflection through service learning projects.
- Engage directly with community stakeholders through community-engaged research.
- Immerse yourself in a new culture and environment through study-abroad opportunities.
Whether you are interested in American religious pluralism, international studies, the study of scriptural languages or the philosophy of religion, you are right for this program if you are motivated by a desire to engage with the world and serve the public good, either in a traditional scholarly career or in a private sector or non-profit setting. Our graduate students are keen to push back at the edges of knowledge, wherever their futures take them.