M.A. On Campus

Religion and Public Life

Carleton University

12 months
18463 CAD/year
6657 CAD/year
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The Religion and Public Life MA program from Carleton University focuses on the study of social and political aspects of religion from the comparative, historical and contemporary perspectives.


The study of both religions and public life will be approached from domestic and international vantage points. As such, while the degree focuses on religion, it has an inherent interdisciplinary approach to this topic.

Why pursue the Religion and Public Life MA program at Carleton University? Our master’s degree can be completed in one year (12 months). Our interdisciplinary program is innovative, provocative and engaging. You can explore religion and public life in a variety of historical contexts and religious traditions, around the world, from antiquity to the 21st century, and you can study with award-winning, internationally-recognized faculty

Career Opportunities

This degree is designed as a springboard for pursuing or advancing careers in public policy, community and cultural organizations, and public service. Recent graduates have also gone on to further studies in such fields as Anthropology, Biblical Studies, Canadian Studies, Indigenous Studies, Islamic Studies, and Religious Studies, both in Canada and abroad. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Directed Studies: Western Religions
  • Directed Studies: Eastern Religions
  • Graduate Research Seminar
  • Seminar in the Discipline
  • Seminar in Religion and Public Life
  • Directed Studies: Themes in the Study of Religion

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A BA (Honours), or the equivalent, with a B+ standing or higher in religion, religious studies or a related discipline. 
  • Students without a prior Method and Theory course in Religious Studies will have to complete RELI 4741 (Theory and Method). 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18463 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18463 CAD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    6657 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6657 CAD for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Ottawa

1168 - 1925 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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