Religious Studies

Rutgers University

24 months
15072 USD/year
15072 USD/year
8868 USD/year
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The Religious Studies Master’s Degree at Rutgers University provides an intensive immersion in the discipline.


Working closely with a world-class faculty, students in the M.A. in Religious Studies program at Rutgers University, undertake advanced study and research in one of the following fields:

  • Buddhist Studies
  • Judaic and Christian Studies
  • Hinduism
  • Islam
  • Religion and Conflict
  • Contemplative Studies
  • Religions in America

Learning Goals for Religion M.A. Students

  • Utilize theories and methodologies. Graduates should be able to identify and coherently discuss the theoretical frameworks and critical methodologies that comprise the academic study of religion. M.A. students should be able to articulate how the study of religion has developed as an academic discipline that stands outside particular religious traditions. 
  • Critically explain the history and development of select religious traditions with attention to the historical, social, and political contexts. With attention to continuities and innovations as well as claims of continuity and innovation, M.A. students should be able to explain how religions are shaped by their own past and by the past of their society and institutions.
  • Place themselves within their scholarly field and subfield. M.A. students should be able to locate themselves within the academic discipline of Religious studies, and more specifically, identify their subfield. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theory and Method in the Study of Religion
  • Apocalypticism: Religious Movement and the End of Time
  • Western Encounter with Hinduism
  • U.S. Evangelicalism in a Global Age
  • Yoga: From Vedic Origins to Western Transplantation
  • Religious Pluralism in America
  • Just War and Jihad - Traditions and Their Current Use

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

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

  • A completed online application form
  • Official transcripts from previous colleges and universities the applicant has attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement (1 to 2 pages)
  • GRE Scores
  • A writing sample (optional)
  • The application fee
  • International Students for whom English is a foreign language will need TOEFL or IELTS scores demonstrating English proficiency.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15072 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15072 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    15072 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15072 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    8868 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8868 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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