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Religious Studies, M.A.

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  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #239 (QS) Kingston, Canada
Are you a Religious Studies student who wants to take your study of religion to a new level? Want an opportunity to explore a particular issue or concept in depth? An MA in Religious Studies at Queen's University will give you that chance.

Overview

Queen's University offers a theoretically challenging twelve-month M.A. program, with generous financial assistance.

The Religious Studies program focuses on the relationship between religion and culture (ancient or contemporary) and, furthermore, places an emphasis on contemporary theories and methods in the study of religion.

 Our courses equip students with the tools to analyze and question such issues as politics, culture, race, gender, sexuality, and science, in the construction of religion. Students choose from a variety of courses through which they broaden and deepen the knowledge obtained during their undergraduate study.

Developing excellent research and writing skills is one of our most important outcomes. These skills are further honed as students have the opportunity to write a research essay that focuses on a particular religious tradition or phenomenon.

Our graduate students will have the opportunity to work as research or teaching assistants for Queen's professors. Because we do not have a PhD program in Religious Studies at Queen's, we are able to devote all our resources and attention to MA students and can give them research and teaching opportunities that other institutions cannot match.

Career options:

  • Admission to Doctoral work
  • Public policy research and analysis
  • International development work
  • A career in education
  • Journalism
  • Work in any setting which values an understanding of multiculturalism and diversity

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Core Course: Theory and Method in Religious Studies
  • Greek and Roman Religions
  • Yoga in India and the West
  • Religion and Democracy
  • Spirituality, Secularity, and Non-Religion
  • Critical Ethnography in the Study of Religion
  • Judaism in the Modern Age
  • Readings in Religion: Religion and Public Policy

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    24 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    88

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

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  • Minimum required score:

    66

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: B+

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A complete application must include official, up-to-date transcripts for all current and previous study the applicant has listed in the Academic Background section of the application.
  • Transcripts in languages other than English or French must be accompanied by an English or French translation provided by the institution issuing the transcript.
  • For applicants to research programs, two current academic recommendations are required from professors under whom the applicant has recently studied. 
  • Two Professional letters of recommendation can be submitted in support of applications to professional graduate programs. 
  • Proficiency in English is a prerequisite for admission

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14899 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14899 CAD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    7108 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7108 CAD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Kingston

  • 1015 - 1620 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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