The Department for the Study of Religion offers Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy programs in the study of religion and facilitates research and publication on religion. The department consolidates the vast curricular and faculty resources that are distributed throughout the many departments and colleges of the University and enables its students to use any resource in the University which serves the study of religion.

The department conceives the academic study of religion in interdisciplinary terms and embraces humanistic, historical, and social scientific approaches and methods. Programs of study are constructed individually to fit the specific needs and interests of each student. As a guideline for areas of strength in the department, we are organized by the following fields:

  • Buddhist Studies
  • Christianity
  • Hinduism and South Asian Religions
  • Islam
  • Judaism
  • Religion, Culture, and Politics
  • Religion, Ethics, and Modern Thought
  • Religion and Medicine
  • Religions of Mediterranean Antiquity

These fields do not determine program requirements. Most faculty and students participate in multiple fields.

At the doctoral level, from the point of admission onward, student programs must be matched with the expertise of at least three professors who help supervise the student’s work. The department’s Graduate Studies Handbook, available on the web and from the department, gives full information on admissions and programs as well as the research and teaching interests of the faculty.

Degrees Offered

Religion - MA, PhD

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​​ ​​​​1. All applicants must meet the School of Graduate Studies English Language Proficiency requirements​.
2. For more information on admission requirements, ple​ase review the program'​s SGS Calendar entry: ​​​

​​​​​​​Research Stream Program Funding Information​

Base Funding Amount -

Graduate units determine a base funding amount for doctoral research stream programs and the number of years that the student will be eligible. In addition to the Base Funding, all eligible students will receive the cost of academic tuition and fees. More information about Base Funding can be found at .​

Actual Income -

Students often have the opportunity to earn additional income through research stipends, internal and external fellowships, RA employment income and TA-ships. Therefore, the average actual income of students in a program is typically higher than the Base Funding amount in that program. More information about Actual Incomes can be found at .



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Quick Facts

Domestic Students International Students
1. Application deadlines MA-13-Dec-2015
2.Required tests in addition to English Language Proficiency. See below or visit MA-n/a
3. Minimum GPA MA-3.7
4. Tuition fee -Please visit and refer to Domestic Fees.
-Please visit and refer to International Fees.
5. Direct entry option from bachelor's to PhD MA-n/a
6. Is a supervisor identified before or after admission? MA-After
7. If a supervisor is identified after admission (as per question above), is admission conditional upon securing a supervisor? MA-no
8. Is a supervisor assigned by the graduate unit or secured by the applicant? MA-Jointly
9. Program length (full-time only) MA-3 sessions
PhD-4 years
MA-3 sessions
PhD-4 years
​​1. All applicants must meet the School of Graduate Studies English Language Proficiency requirements​. 
2. For more information on admission requirements, please review the program’s SGS Calendar entry: