Master's in Religious Studies (Online or In Person)

Our master's degree in religious studies (available in person or fully online) 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.  


11:1 Student Teacher Ratio Receive individual instruction and mentorship from faculty who are available to their students both in person and online. Build lifelong personal and professional relationships while you learn alongside your close knit community of peers.

4 Degree Completion Options Students have four options for completing the MA in religious studies (journal article, thesis, research project or comprehensive exam), depending on the student's GPA and future career goals.

100% Receive Funding Packages Our merit-based scholarship is awarded to all admitted incoming and continuing graduate students (both in person and online) in the Department of Religious Studies. Dean's Scholarship Hours are a 50 percent discount on tuition.

Why a Master's in Religious Studies from DU?

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    Customize Your Degree In Person or Online

    Choose from one of five areas of specialization; Sacred Texts, Critical Theory and Religion (available in person or fully online), Religion and International Studies, Philosophy and Religion, or Lived Religions and one of four degree completion options to ensure your degree best matches your goals.

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    Interdisciplinary Approach to the Study of Religion

    Our students can choose to take graduate-level courses in subjects across the university to build an educational experience perfectly suited to their individual passions, career paths and goals.  

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    A Focus on Developing Practical Skills

    Through site visits, service learning, community engaged research, and study abroad options students are encouraged to build hard skills outside of the classroom that are necessary to compete in today's job market.  

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Jeremiah Jones

From Religious Philosophy to Deputy District Attorney

Jeremiah Jones (MA '14), now a deputy district attorney in Cortez, Colorado, graduated from DU in 2014 with an MA in religious studies.

At DU, Jones developed an ethos that brought together his academic interests and pragmatic drive toward real-world application. “I wanted to not just think about things, but to take action,” he explains. Jones was driven by an innate sense of social justice and desire to better understand why people make certain choices.

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