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Religions and Cultures MA

Admission Requirements

  • BA or equivalent with high standing in Religious Studies, Judaic Studies or a discipline in the Social Sciences, Humanities, or Fine Arts.
  • Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Additional Admission Requirements

Options. Students apply to the guided research paper (GRP) option. Once admitted to the program, students have the opportunity to transfer to the thesis option. To enter the thesis option students must complete 9 credits and normally achieve a minimum GPA of 3.70.

Qualifying program. Applicants with deficiencies in their undergraduate preparation may be required to take a qualifying program. Qualifying program students in the Department of Religions and Cultures must complete their program with a minimum GPA of 3.50 with no courses graded lower than a B+ to be considered for admission to the graduate program. Qualifying students must reapply to the MA program on completion of their qualifying program.

Transfer Credits. See Transfer Credits in Graduate Admissions section.

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.

Please see the Religions and Cultures Courses page for course descriptions.

Religions and Cultures MA (45 credits)

3

credits Core Course:

RELI 6001 Method and Theory in the Study of Religion (3.00)

42

credits chosen from:

MA (Religions and Cultures) with Guided Research Paper Option

MA (Religions and Cultures) with Thesis Option

MA (Religions and Cultures) with Thesis Option

9

credits of Elective Courses chosen from:

Topics in Judaic Studies (MA)

Topics in Religions and Cultures Topics in Religions and Cultures (MA)

Normally students may not take more than one 3-credit course outside the Department. Up to three credits may be taken from courses offered by other departments or other universities.

3

credits:

RELI 6030 Thesis Proposal (Religions and Cultures) (3.00)

30

credits:

RELI 6031 Thesis (Religions and Cultures) (30.00)

MA (Religions and Cultures) with Guided Research Paper Option

15

credits of Elective Courses chosen from:

Topics in Judaic Studies (MA)

Topics in Religions and Cultures (MA)

Normally students may not take more than two 3-credit courses outside the Department. Up to six credits may be taken from courses offered by other departments or other universities.

3

credits:

RELI 6020 Guided Research Paper Proposal (Religions and Cultures (3.00)

24

credits:

RELI 6021 Guided Research Paper (Religions and Cultures) (24.00)

Additional Degree Requirements

Language Requirement. Normally, students acquire knowledge of the classical and/or modern languages appropriate to their area of specialization. Students who intend to pursue graduate studies at the PhD level are also encouraged to gain proficiency in the language or languages of the primary sources relevant to their proposed research.

Academic Regulations

  1. Academic Standing. Please refer to the Academic Standing section of the Calendar for a detailed review of the Academic Regulations.
  2. Residence. The minimum residence requirement is one year (3 terms) of full-time graduate study, or the equivalent in part-time study.
  3. Time Limit. Please refer to the Academic Regulations page for further details regarding the Time Limits.
  4. Graduation Requirement. In order to graduate, students must have satisfied all degree requirements and have a cumulative GPA of 2.70.

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