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Religious Studies

McMaster University

24 months
11396 CAD/year
4204 CAD/year
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Religion is of critical importance for understanding society, and the Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University engages in intensive and broad-ranging research across Asian and Western traditions in their historical and modern expresssion.


Since 1964, the department of Religious Studies at McMaster University has offered graduate programs dealing with religion and human religious experience, past and present, East and West. 

The department has no confessional ties; it seeks, rather, to cultivate a positive appreciation of the world’s religious traditions in a spirit of free, open enquiry, critical reflection, and solidly-grounded judgment. 

The department draws on a wide variety of methodological resources, especially philosophical, philloogical, literary, historical, and social scientific, in the effort to understand religion and religious phenomena.

Areas of Research

  • Asian Field (Buddhism, East Asian)
  • Biblical (Early Judaism, Early Christianity)
  • Western (Religion and Politics, Religion and the Social Sciences)

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Studies in Religion
  • Intermediate Sanskrit
  • Topics in Religious Studies
  • Issues in the Study of Religion
  • Special Readings in Asian Religions
  • Topics in Sanskrit Texts

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Honours Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent
  • B+ (B- for Engineering) minimum average, based on a full year equivalent of final year courses (3rd/4th level) relevant to the program
  • Each program may set additional/higher requirements. Please review the program website for details.
  • Degrees and grades from foreign universities are evaluated for their equivalency to McMaster’s. Please contact the program for specific details.
  • Departments or programs may establish additional requirements, such as scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Admission is competitive: meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission
  • The admission decision is not subject to appeal
  • Applicants who do not meet the above mentioned requirements, should consult the Graduate Calendar to determine the requirements for exceptional cases

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    11396 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5698 CAD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    4204 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2102 CAD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Hamilton

1163 - 1630 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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