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Religious Studies

California State University Long Beach

12 months
7176 USD/year
7176 USD/year
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The program in Religious Studies at California State University Long Beach develops students' critical understanding of the forms of religious phenomena in their cultural and historical contexts and a sensitivity to different value systems. The program provides students with an introduction to the major religious traditions and to religion in the modern world.


Why Religious Studies?

Many students take one or two Religious Studies Courses at California State University Long Beach as part of their General Education program. For example, you might take a course introducing one of the many important religions of the world–Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism–or in Biblical Studies, or religion and contemporary life. These are courses that allow you to chew on life’s great questions–to spend time reflecting on what you really think so you can grow as a human being.

What Do You Do with a Degree in Religious Studies?

Almost anything! Religious Studies is one of the four best majors to help you score high on the L.S.A.T. (Law School Admissions Test). Our students go on to other advanced degrees, become religious professionals, secondary and higher education teachers, librarians, educational entrepreneurs, managers or aid-workers in NGOs, writers or performance artists, business managers, and the like.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Selected Topics in Religious Studies
  • Professional Research Praxis: How to do it
  • Islam in the Contemporary World
  • Religion, Film and Literature
  • Women, Religion, and the Developing World
  • Jewish Christianity
  • Selected Topics in Religious Studies
  • Advanced Study

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • The applicant must have a Bachelor’s degree, ideally in Religious Studies, or in a related Humanities or Social Sciences department and have achieved at least a 2.5 GPA in the last 60 semester units attempted.
  • Three letters of recommendation also need to be submitted online, two of which should be from the instructors in the undergraduate major.
  • Applicants must submit online a set of complete and official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended to the Office of Enrollment Services. 
  • You must also submit a writing sample and a statement of purpose through CalState Apply online.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    7176 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3588 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    7176 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3588 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • If you are not a resident of California you must add $396 to the above totals for each unit of credit you take.

Living costs for Long Beach

1400 - 2000 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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