5: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

General Information | Programs and Degrees Offered | Admission Information
Financial Assistance | Graduate Academic Regulations
Requirements for Specific Graduate Degrees | Departments and Programs | Faculty

Non-Departmental | Anthropology | Art | Asian and Middle Eastern | Asian Studies | Astronomy
Biochemistry | Biology | Biological and Physical Sciences | Biophysics | Cell and Molecular Biology
Cell Biology | Chemistry | Classics | Commerce | Drama | Economics | English | Environmental Sciences
French | German | Government and Foreign Affairs | Health Evaluation Sciences | History | Linguistics
Mathematics | Microbiology | Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics | Music | Neuroscience
Pharmacology | Philosophy | Physics | Psychology | Religious Studies | Russian and East European Studies
Slavic | Sociology | Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese | Statistics | Surgery

Department of Religious Studies
Course Descriptions | Departmental Degree Requirements

Departmental Degree Requirements

Master of Arts   Candidates for the degree of Master of Arts in Religious Studies are required to pass a total of 30 credits in courses at or above the 500 level, and satisfactory performance in a comprehensive examination; or students have the option of completing 24 credits of course work and the preparation and successful defense of a thesis. Normally candidates for the Master of Arts degree must demonstrate by examination a reading competency in either French or German, and will be expected to have a knowledge of such other languages as may be necessary for the study of primary religious texts.

Doctor of Philosophy   Candidates for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Religious Studies are required to pass a minimum of 54 credits in courses at the 500 level and above plus 18 credits of non-topical research. Students who already hold a graduate degree in religious studies from another University (M.A., M.Div., or equivalent) may petition for advanced standing at the end of their first year of residence and be permitted to waive 24 credits of the course work requirement. The students would then need 30 credits of course work plus 18 credits of non-topical, thus giving them a total of 48 credits. Normally candidates for the Ph.D. must demonstrate by examination a reading competency in both French and German, but substitutions may be approved when another language is appropriate to the field of concentration. Candidates who have completed the course and language requirements must successfully complete a series of comprehensive examinations before being permitted to proceed to dissertation work.

Candidates for the Ph.D. may elect to concentrate their studies in one of the following areas: religious ethics, religion and literature, American religious history, history of religions (specializations available in all major religious traditions), Christianity and Judaism in antiquity, and philosophy of religion and theology. Detailed descriptions of the various concentrations are available from the department on request.


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