Globalization has brought about a pluralization of the religious sphere, bringing other ‘world’ religions, such as Islam and different Asian traditions, to the West. The religious other is no longer an abstract figure but is seen in all her concreteness as neighbor, colleague, friend, spouse, etc.
We offer the Theology and Religious Studies MA programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. To increase social cohesion in society as a whole and more specifically in schools, (socio-political) organizations and companies, we need experts with the knowledge and skills to build bridges between people from different (faith) traditions. The growth of religious and interreligious literacy is necessary to foster interreligious relations.
Through classes, reading assignments, visits to local communities, and an analysis of case studies, students will be prepared to effectively become interreligious bridge-builders in an increasingly multi-religious world.
You can choose from four tracks:
- Interreligious Studies (this track is given in English), looking at interreligious cooperation and communication;
- Peace, Trauma and Religion (this track is given in English), where you will study peace and conflict studies;
- Spiritual Care (this track is given in Dutch), where you will learn about spiritual care in healthcare institutions, prisons and the military;
- Exploring a Discipline (this track is given in English), which allows you to explore one particular discipline such as Buddhism, Islam in the West, Biblical Studies or Digital Humanities.
- This programme seeks to prepare students effectively to become interfaith leaders in our increasingly multi-religious world. You will not only learn critically analyze different ‘theological, philosophical and ideological perspectives’ on the meeting between religions, you will also will also participate in various dialogue activities aimed at developing interreligious literacy.
- Thus, you will acquire the skills to become border-crossers and bridge-builders and these skills are increasingly viewed as a vital component for employees who seek work.
- Upon receiving your degree you will be qualified for challenging career prospects in any institution that demands interreligious competencies: schools, hospitals, governmental and non-governmental institutions as well as companies. Religious professionals and leaders will also benefit from this programme.
Promotion alumni sessions Master’s day
During the Master’s day, you can also meet our (international) alumni during several workshops. In these sessions they will tell you more about career opportunities after finishing your Master’s degree.
- Building Interreligious Relations
- Comparative Ethics
- Research skills
- Peace, Trauma and Religion: Just Peace
- Religion, Violence and Trauma
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , International
- Apply before , National
- Apply before , EEA/EU
The next VU Online Master's Event will take place on Saturday 5 March.
DisciplinesReligious Studies & Theology Christian Studies Islamic Studies View 24 other Masters in Religious Studies & Theology in Netherlands
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent
- Students with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology or Religious Studies from a university abroad will only be admitted following an assessment of their degree by the admissions board
- Students with Bachelor’s degrees in other disciplines are also welcome to apply, provided that the degree obtained is from a research-oriented university. Before the start of the academic year the student needs to have an intake with the coordinator of the specialization
- Copy of your valid passport or ID (ID only for EU citizens)
- Curriculum Vitae
- Motivation letter/Personal Introduction
- A Letter of Recommendation
- Transcript of records
- A description of the courses you have taken during your previous higher education
- Thesis (or another sample of academic writing, at least 5 pages plus a list of used literature)
International16630 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 16630 EUR per year during 12 months.
EU/EEA2143 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 2143 EUR per year during 12 months.
Living costs for Amsterdam
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.