Options. Students are admitted to the Guided Research Paper (GRP) option but can be exceptionally admitted directly to the thesis option. To enter the thesis option, students must normally have completed RELI 6001, 9 credits of electives, and RELI 6022 Research Preparation I and RELI 6023 Research Preparation II. In addition, students must have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.70 or equivalent.
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.
Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.
Please see the Religions and Cultures Courses page for course descriptions.
credits Core Course:
• RELI 6001 Method and Theory in the Study of Religion (3.00)
credits chosen from:
MA (Religions and Cultures) with Guided Research Paper Option
MA (Religions and Cultures) with Thesis Option
credits of Elective Courses chosen from:
Topics in Judaic Studies (MA)
Topics in Religions and Cultures (MA)
Normally students may not take more than one 3-credit course outside the Department or University.
• RELI 6022 Research Preparation I (Religions and Cultures) (3.00) • RELI 6023 Research Preparation II (Religions and Cultures) (3.00)
• RELI 6030 Thesis Proposal (Religions and Cultures) (3.00)
• RELI 6032 Thesis (Religions and Cultures) (24.00)
Normally students may not take more than two 3-credit courses outside the Department or University.
• RELI 6024 Guided Research Paper Proposal (Religions and Cultures) (3.00)
• RELI 6025 Guided Research Paper I (9.00) • RELI 6026 Guided Research Paper II (Religions and Cultures) (9.00)
Language Requirement. Students who intend to pursue graduate studies at the PhD level are encouraged to gain proficiency in the language or languages of the primary sources relevant to their proposed research.
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