Religion in Culture

The University of Alabama

24 months
29230 USD/year
10780 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Taking the department's motto seriously -- studying religion in culture -- this MA degree explores cross-disciplinary theories on social formation and applies them to the study of religion, seeing each site studied as a test case in identity formation. 


Unlike other graduate programs in the study of religion, the MA in Religion in Culture at The University of Alabama therefore presses beyond mere description and cross-cultural comparison to use social theory to understand the effects that narratives, practices, classification systems, and institutional structures have on social groups and their members -- always doing so with an eye toward training students to use innovative technologies to effectively communicate their findings to wide audiences.

The premise of the degree is that the work taking place in our field has wide relevance. Promoting both critical analysis and innovative communication skills are therefore the cornerstones of this MA. While all students will carry out their own independent research and gain co-writing experience with their supervisor, courses will require them to produce both original article-length research papers as well as create innovative digital presentations. In consultation with their supervisor, their culminating thesis project will emphasize one or the other of these two modes of scholarly communication -- allowing students to tailor the thesis to suit their own interests and career plans.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Social Theory Foundations
  • Public Humanities Foundations
  • Capstone Seminar
  • Thesis Hours

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




36 alternative credits


On Campus

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicant data sheet and statement of purpose
  • One transcript for each U.S. or international institution of higher education
  • Admissions test scores less than five years old 
  • The application fee is $65 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and $80 for international applicants
  • Three letters of recommendation. 
  • Additional application materials (e.g., portfolios, writing samples, responses to essay questions, etc.) required by individual departments
  • International applicants must submit one certified copy in the native language along with certified precise word-for-word English translations of all transcripts, diplomas, and certificates of degree.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29230 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14615 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    10780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5390 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.


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