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Master of Arts, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #10 (QS) , IL,
The MA program is a two-year foundational program in the academic study of religion for students who wish to acquire the requisite skills to develop a research agenda for doctoral study, or to establish a basis for a career in such fields as education, publishing, government service, and nonprofit administration.


Students in the program may apply by course of study petition for PhD admission in the winter quarter of their second year or in the winter quarter of the first or second year following receipt of the MA. Students are required to complete fifteen courses during the six quarters of residence to receive the degree. This number of courses is considered optimal for achieving the program’s dual goal of genuine breadth of acquaintance with the methods of religious inquiry and some depth of knowledge in a specific area of concentration.

In today's global society, the understanding of religions as human phenomena is a core cultural competency. Private and public sector organizations alike benefit from such competency in conducting their business and fulfilling their missions in society. Companies and agencies who operate around the world seek out such well-rounded employees at all levels of their organizations. From business to journalism, from foreign service to leadership in non-profit organizations, our MA alumni often choose non-academic career paths.

Learning to think critically is foundational for any professional pursuit, and the MA program offers students the opportunity to engage intellectually with students preparing for academic careers, public religious leadership, and other professions. The resources of our MA alumni, as well as the University's Office of Graduate Affairs, are engaged to provide MA students with a wide range of professional options.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Classical Theories of Religion
  • Philo of Alexandria
  • Early Jewish Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Electronic unofficial transcripts
  • Official course by course for any institution outside the United States where candidate received a degree
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Candidate statement
  • Resume/CV

Tuition Fee

  • International

    25304 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12652 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    25304 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12652 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    25304 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12652 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Chicago

  • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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