M.A. Program in Religious Studies

The Master of Arts program in religious studies is designed for students who wish to advance their understanding of a particular area of religious studies or explore multiple traditions and topics. It prepares student to educate the public, within a variety of life and career contexts, about religion and its influences.

The M.A. program included thesis and non-thesis tracks.  The program is interdisciplinary in nature and may involve historical, anthropological, philosophical, literary, art-historical, or other methods of study, depending on individual goals. Students work closely with their advisor and other Religious Studies faculty members. They are also encouraged to work with faculty members in other UI departments who specialize in related areas. Many of our students have worked with the faculty of Anthropology, English, History, and Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures, as well as Philosophy, Classics, and other departments.

Training in methodology and a range of approaches to the study of religion are provided in the course Methods and Theories in the Study of Religion, in courses taught by faculty of different areas, and in courses offered in other departments. Research skills are developed through the writing of seminar papers and the dissertation prospectus.

It is the expectation that M.A. students will complete their studies in two years.

For specific inquiries about graduate study, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies: Professor Paul Dilley.