Our masters in religious studies program emphasizes religious tradition as a crucial means of insight into contemporary, global issues. World religions deepen how we can understand international relations, politics, economics and more by encouraging conversation that crosses disciplinary boundaries. Our world-class faculty are active, engaged scholars who equip you with in-depth, applied knowledge of cross-cultural analytical tools. We ground religious study in theory while providing experiential opportunities through site visits, service learning, research and study abroad.

You can customize your educational experience by choosing from one of five areas of specialization and one of four degree-completion options (master's thesis, publishable journal article, research project or comprehensive examinations). Graduates from our program go on to attend top-tier doctoral programs in religious studies, while others become valuable contributors in career fields such as business, government, social work or journalism.

The Religious Studies Master's Offers:

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    A uniquely interdisciplinary approach to the study of religion that allows you to take graduate-level courses across the University

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    Award winning faculty whose diverse interests and active research mean you'll work with scholars at the forefront of the field

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    The opportunity to develop skills that are desirable for a range of professions, such as the ability to apply flexible problem-solving skills to real-world issues, strong verbal and written communication skills and experience analyzing complex issues and applying critical thinking

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    Degree customization, including specialization and multiple degree completion options that are aligned with your career goals

Degree Requirements

  • The degree requires a minimum of 45 credits and can be completed in two years.
  • A minimum grade of B- is needed in each required course.
  • Students declare an area of specialization after 32 credit hours.
  • Students may choose from the following degree completion options: revise a research paper into a journal article, write a thesis, pass a set of comprehensive examinations or complete a substantive research project.

See the DU Graduate Bulletin for full degree requirements. 

Combining theory with praxis, religious studies provides an interdisciplinary and intercultural approach.

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Featured Faculty

  • Andrea Stanton

    Andrea Stanton

    Associate Professor & Department Chair

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  • Carl Raschke

    Carl Raschke

    Professor, graduate adviser

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