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Global Master's Program in Religious Studies with Lund University 

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Global MA Degree in Religious Studies


The Religious Studies Global Master’s Program is an academic partnership between the Religious Studies Department at the University of Denver and the Center for Theology and Religious Studies at Lund University, Sweden. It offers a 5-year (3+2) dual degree opportunity for students to extend a study abroad experience and earn a Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies.

Students who enroll in the Global Master’s Program will earn a BA from the University of Denver with a religious studies major, and a MA in religious studies from Lund University.

Students will spend the first three years of their undergraduate program on campus at DU, completing all common curriculum requirements as well as all religious studies degree requirements, minus two elective courses, which will be completed at Lund. They will also complete all minor and potential second major requirements.

Students will spend their fourth year at Lund University, as a study abroad year. They will complete the religious studies major by counting two Lund courses as religious studies electives, and will graduate from DU at the end of this academic year.

They will apply to the MA program in religious studies during their first year at Lund and will complete the MA during their second year at Lund. This is a stand-alone year, and students will pay Lund tuition, which is approximately $12,000 per year. During this year, students will develop and complete a MA thesis, working in consultation with Lund faculty members.

Application requirements:

  1. Students must be majoring in religious studies and have a 3.5 GPA in the major
  2. Students must apply by the 3rd week of the spring quarter of their sophomore year
  3. Students must submit a complete application
  4. Once accepted by DU faculty, students will meet with Lund faculty members via Skype, to discuss the program in more detail

Once accepted, students must maintain their 3.5 major GPA through their junior year, or until they depart for Lund. Students must apply through the DU Office of International Education for the study abroad year at Lund. Students must apply to Lund University for the final / MA year.

Application timeline:

Spring quarter, sophomore year

  • meet with program advisor by Week 1
  • submit application by Week 3
  • faculty reviews application by Week 5
  • submit any needed revisions by Week 7

Fall quarter, junior year

  • Apply for the Lund study abroad year through the DU Office of International Education

About Lund University

Founded in 1666, Lund University ranks in the top 0.4% of universities around the world in terms of its research and education. In 2019, it was ranked #88 in US News' Best Global Universities.

Lund is a city of approximately 100,000 residents in the south of Sweden, about a 30 minute train ride from Copenhagen, Denmark.

Lund University's Center for Theology and Religious Studies has a robust, interdisciplinary faculty cohort, with a large graduate (MA and PhD) program. Its foci range from Biblical Studies to History of Religions, from Religious Behavioral Science to Islamology.

Courses during the final year of Lund's Bachelors program (DU students' first year at Lund) and all courses in the Masters program are taught in English (DU students' second year at Lund).

Like most European universities, studying at Lund involves less time spent in class and more time independently engaging in assigned reading and research than is typical at US universities. Successful students will be able to self-manage their schedule to complete work with less direct supervision than is typical at US universities.


  • 8 courses in RLGS - major requirements, minus electives (32 credits)
  • All common curriculum requirements
  • All minor requirements OR all requirements for a second major
  • INTZ 2501 (2 credits) during junior year
  • 3.5+ overall GPA 
  • Apply for Global Masters in RLGS
  • 135 credits at DU


  • Complete 60 credit hours (transfers as 48 DU credits) of CTR and SAS courses, including 10 Lund credit hours (8 DU credit hours) for RLGS elective course credit
  • Apply for Lund MA program.
  • Earn BA from DU with a major in religious studies (total of 183 credits)


Complete 60 credits of CTR and/or RRE courses and a Master's thesis
Earn MA in religious studies from Lund University

To apply:

Contact Olesia Stockhold to obtain an application form, or download a PDF version here. Please type your responses on the form and print the completed application. Sign the form and bring the signed copy to the Religious Studies office, Sturm 266.

For more details about DU Study Abroad policies concerning this program, see the Office of Internationalization's page on the Global Masters Scholars program.

Please contact the faculty advisor if you have any questions.

Faculty Advisor: Professor Andrea Stanton, Department Chair