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Religious Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


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

Detailed Programme Facts

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

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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

    28194 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28194 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    11886 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11886 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for New Brunswick

  • 1204 - 2970 USD/month
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