The MA in Religion enables an in-depth study of religious traditions and religious phenomena in their social and historical contexts from an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective. The expectation is that students will acquire a sophisticated understanding of the variety of approaches to the study of religion, as well as familiarity with more than one religious tradition. This program serves the needs of a broad range of students, including those working in social services, education, non-profit organizations and development, as well as those interested in continuing on to doctoral studies in Religion.
Students who wish to engage in advanced study of particular religious traditions are advised to begin language study as soon as possible.
MA candidates for the Religion program should have a strong undergraduate transcript and background in the study of religion. Current Concordia University students are encouraged to discuss the programs with the Religion Department undergraduate advisors.
*Fall: Late applications will be considered until May 1, without funding.
Priority will be given to those who apply within the official deadlines listed above. Some programs may continue to accept applications after these deadlines. For more information, please contact the department.
The Department's graduate programs provide advanced training in the study of major world religions (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism) as well as traditions in particular regional contexts: Religions of Iran, Religions of Southern Asia, and Religions of China and Tibet.
For an overview of research areas visit our traditions page.
History of Christianity, especially in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries;
Social history of Christianity in the late medieval and early modern periods
History of the study of religion
Anthropology of Religion
Hindu philosophy and Hindu asceticism
Tantra in South Asia
Social history of Indian Buddhism, Jainism, Hinduism and Islam
Religions of Tibet and China
Tibetan- Buddhism and popular religions of China
Classical and modern Shiism
Religions of Iran
Ecology and religion
Contemporary new religious movements
Business ethics and medical ethics
Comparative study of religious ritual
Women in Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism
Within Judaic studies, faculty are pursuing research on the religion and culture of Jews in the Roman Empire, the popularization of Jewish mysticism in the sixteenth century, the twentieth century Orthodox rabbinate, Jewish law, women in contemporary Judaism, North American Jewish literature, the Canadian Jewish experience, and factors involved in the making of modern Jewish identity.