Gardner-Webb University

Gayle Bolt Price School of Graduate Studies

MA in Religion


West 3rd St. Company, Inc., 7th Floor

Spartanburg Regional Medical Center

Winston-Salem, NC 29303

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A. in Religion

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Purpose The purpose of the program is the academic (rather than parish ministry) study of religion in order to prepare students for one or more of the following possibilities: Meeting Ph.D. entrance requirements; College teaching on the freshman and sophomore levels; Teaching in private schools. Goals The Master of Arts in Religion program is designed to meet the following goals: Graduate students will develop the research and writing skills essential for scholars in the field of religious studies. Graduate students will become conversant on the philosophical assumptions, classical and modern theories, and current research in the field of religious studies. Graduate students will demonstrate proficiency in expressing scholarly ideas through either a written thesis or a supervised teaching experience. The Master of Arts in Religion program is a thirty-six semester-hour program. It includes eighteen hours taken from a common core offered by the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy. Students select an additional twelve hours in the department in a Biblical Studies/Languages concentration, or they select a concentration outside the department in the School of Psychology and Counseling, English department, School of Divinity, or School of Education. The Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy must approve these concentrations. Students must also meet all requirements established by the departments/schools involved for taking courses outside of the Department of Religious Studies. Students also select six hours from one of two tracks: the research track (a research seminar and thesis) or the teaching track (a pedagogy course and an internship in university teaching).


Gardner-Webb University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 36

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 355 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Fringe Rural Area

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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