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Study a graduate program in religious studies

What will I study in a graduate religious studies program?

What people believe is very important to how our world works. Graduate religious studies programs study the religious beliefs, behaviours, and institutions that make up our society.
 
Postgraduate religious studies programs takes in multiple-disciplines including anthropology, sociology, psychology, history and philosophy to examine religious beliefs and behaviour. The graduate programs try to look at religion from outside any specific religious viewpoint.
 
Postgraduate religious studies students can study a traditional taught course or in many cases work on a research degree which involves submitting a unique piece of research.

Length of program

The length of a religious studies graduate program depends on where you study. Masters programs last the following duration in each country:

  • UK – 1-3 years
  • US – 1-3 years
  • China – 2-3 years
  • Canada – 1-2 years

Entry requirements

To study on a graduate religious studies program it is not essential to have studied the subject before. However, a good grade at undergraduate degree level is usually asked for.

Specific entry requirements for individual courses are different for each postgraduate program and vary between countries and universities.
You may also be required to submit a viable research proposal as part of your application process.

If you choose to study somewhere with a different first language from your own, you may have to take a language test before you are admitted.

Career development

A graduate degree in religious studies does not offer many direct vocational routes. Related careers can be found in religious education and academia, teaching the study of religion or continuing research.

As with many other postgraduate degrees the skills gained on a graduate religious studies program offer themselves to many job sectors. Your skills on graduation will be useful in careers such as journalism, finance, marketing, the civil service, law, charities and publishing.

Skills like communication, handling data/statistics, problem-solving and team-work will help in many jobs such as teaching, social work, work in the media or health care.

Fees and funding

The cost of postgraduate graduate programs varies widely from country to country and university to university. Remember that fees depend on whether you are a home, EU or international student. As a guide, expect to pay the following in these countries per year:

  • UK - £4,500 - £17,000
  • USA - $5,000 - $30,000
  • Germany  €2,000 - €5,000
  • Canada - $4,000-8,000
  • China – RMB 21,000-24,000

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