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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Religious Studies

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Graduate Degrees

Master's Degree

Our 45-credit master's program provides you with the research, knowledge and skills to enter a doctoral program.

Or, use the cross-cultural analytical skills you will hone with this degree to build a professional career in a variety of private or nonprofit fields, such as journalism, government, nonprofit work or human resources.

The MA in Religious Studies is normally completed in 2 years, although it can take less time under certain circumstances. Students, however, who do not take the minimum 8-hour quarterly course load required for financial aid may take up to 4 years.

There are many ways in which the issues of religious studies intersect our world and the job market. For example, I could apply this MA degree to writing, or partnering with nonprofits engaged in ethical and social justice issues, or working for a government organization with international scope, or perhaps, even teaching.
Timothy Isaacson, past MA student

Deepen your understanding of a particular area of religious interest by choosing one of five areas of specialization:

Sacred Texts

Immerse yourself in the study of sacred texts. Focus on texts of one religious tradition, (e.g., Hebrew Bible, the Christian testament, the Qur'an, etc.) or opt for a comparative approach.

Hone your language skills in biblical Hebrew, koine Greek, Arabic, Sanskrit, Pāli, classical Chinese or Tibetan. We offer language support as well as the opportunity to take a language competency exam at our Center for World Languages and Cultures.

Learn more about the specialization and view its course listing here

The priority deadline for all MA application materials to be received in the Office of Graduate Education is January 31. Apply today.

Critical Theory and Religion

Ground your understanding of the multifaceted dimensions of religion with your concentration in critical theory.

Learn more about the specialization and view its course listing here.

The priority deadline for all MA application materials to be received in the Office of Graduate Education is January 31. Apply today.

Religion and International Studies

Focus on the role of religion in the context of the globalization process with our religion and international studies track. You can devote particular attention to a region of your choice, such as the Americas, Europe or Asia.

You'll take at least one course in a specific religious tradition beyond the core requirements, as well as one course in the theory of religion that pertains to international and multicultural studies.

Language Specialization: Improve your language fluency. Our Center for World Languages and Cultures offers opportunities to practice, engage in and demonstrate competency in a language that is relevant to your program of study.

International experience: Cultivate direct international experience through coursework at a location outside of North America. As part of your degree program, you will choose an independent study, service learning or fieldwork opportunity that meets your curricular and long-term professional goals.

Learn more about the specialization and view its course listing here.

Priority deadline for all MA application materials to be received in the Office of Graduate Education is January 31. Apply today.

Philosophy of Religion

Delve into the philosophy of religion at the University of Denver. With us, you will study one or more philosophers from each of the two historical periods: ancient and modern (Plato to Kant), late modern and postmodern (Hegel to the present). We encourage you to draw from coursework both within our Department of Religious Studies and our Department of Philosophy.

• I am pursuing the concentration track "Philosophy of Religion" in my program. This allows me to study the writings of Nietzsche, Freud, Derrida and Hegel, and consider what they have to contribute to the conversation about religion.
—Timothy Isaacson, current MA student

Learn more about the specialization and view its course listing here.

The priority deadline for all MA application materials to be received in the Office of Graduate Education is January 31. Apply today.

Lived Religions

Ground yourself in the historical, social, and cultural forms and practices of the world's various religions, which can also include new, indigenous, or African religions.

Learn more about the specialization and view its course listing here.

The priority deadline for all MA application materials to be received in the Office of Graduate Education is January 31. Apply today.

 

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Review our MA program brochure and overview to get a better sense of our degree options.

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View the religious studies MA bulletin to get the full scope of coursework for our degree programs, and the Admission Requirements for information on how to apply.

Are you interested in deeper interdisciplinary study? Consider a dual degree by pairing your religious studies master's degree with a complementary discipline offered at DU:

The priority deadline for all MA application materials to be received in the Office of Graduate Education is January 31. Apply today.

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