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Religious Studies

Arizona State University

12 months
26460 USD/year
24498 USD/year
12014 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies offers the Religious Studies MA program at Arizona State University that emphasizes the comparative study of religions in order to understand religions' effects on cultures and the different ways people around the world reason, communicate, work, entertain, dress, eat and live. 


Reflecting the different areas of expertise of the acclaimed faculty, the curriculum incorporates a variety of approaches to the subject, including the cultural, historical, literary, sociological and theological aspects. 

Although students often focus upon a single religious tradition for thesis work, the program offers a broad comparative understanding of religions around the globe, not simply a specialist's training in a single tradition. 

Career Opportunities

The Religious Studies MA program at Arizona State University provides students with training and knowledge relevant to careers in government, nongovernmental organizations, nonprofit organizations, global relationships, intercultural understanding, foreign service, researchers, professional writing, community college teaching, journalism and publishing.

Career examples include:

  • book editor
  • community college instructor
  • foreign service employee
  • global affairs writer
  • nongovernmental organization professional
  • nonprofit management

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Asia
  • Buddhism
  • Christianity
  • Hinduism
  • Islam 
  • Judaism
  • Modern Western
  • The Americas (including African American, Latin American, and Indigenous American

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree, in any field, from a regionally accredited institution. Transcripts must show evidence of having completed the equivalent of 15 credit hours of undergraduate work in the study of religions, including advanced courses in both western and Asian or other nonwestern religions.
  • Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30 in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program. 

All applicants must submit:

  • graduate admission application and application fee
  • official transcripts
  • GRE scores
  • statement of purpose
  • curriculum vitae
  • writing sample
  • contact information for three references
  • proof of English proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26460 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26460 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    24498 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24498 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    12014 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12014 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Tempe Junction

900 - 1350 USD /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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