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Religious Studies with Language Option in Contemplative Religions Concentration, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
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Enhance your MA in Religious Studies degree with an optional two-year study of Sanskrit or Tibetan language, in order to become a translator, in preparation for a doctoral program, and/or to enrich your personal understanding of the related traditions. 

About

This MA degree includes all the course work of the MA Religious Studies degree with the Contemplative Religions concentration, and is enriched by training in either Sanskrit or Tibetan through two years (16 credits) of course work or more. This 61-credit concentration is designed for students who wish to join the academic study of comparative religions with interreligious dialogue, contemplative practice, and personal investigation. Students develop literacy in the living practice traditions of a variety of world religions, with special emphasis on integrating the mystical contemplative dimension with the teachings and other aspects of the traditions, as well as on learning interreligious dialogue skills for communicating across religious differences in an environment of global pluralism. Students work with faculty members who are both academically and spiritually trained in the teachings and practices of their respective traditions.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Tibetan I
  • Sanskrit I 
  • Methods and Issues in the Study of Religion 
  • Interreligious Dialog: Theory and Practice 
  • Spiritual Models of Social Action 
  • Trends in Religious Studies 

Detailed Programme Facts

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

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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General Requirements

  • Apply online and pay the $60 nonrefundable application fee. This is the preferred method for applying.
  • An official transcript of a conferred bachelor's degree must be received by the Office of Admissions prior to beginning graduate coursework. 
  • Respond to the following questions in a 750 to 1,250 word essay: How does your personal and/or professional experience relate to the MA Religious Studies program? How will this program prepare you to accomplish your professional and academic goals? 
  • Your resume/CV should detail all pertinent academic, employment, and volunteer history with exact dates of participation.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22560 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22560 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    22560 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22560 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Boulder

  • 950 - 1350 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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