Religious Studies, M.A. | Rutgers University | New Brunswick, United States
24 months
30912 USD/year
30912 USD/year
18180 USD/year
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The Religious Studies program of Rutgers University provides an intensive immersion in the discipline.


Working closely with a world-class faculty, students in the Religious Studies program of 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:

  • Christians, the "other", and Violence Inhistorical Context
  • U. S. Evangelicalism in a Global Age
  • Reading Sanskrit Texts
  • Krishna
  • Research in Religion
  • Western Encounter With Hinduism

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants to the Master's Degree program in Religious Studies should normally have a GPA of at least 3.0
  • 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)
  • 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

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  • International

    30912 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15456 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    30912 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15456 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • In-State

    18180 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9090 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for New Brunswick

1204 - 2963 USD /month
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