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Religious Studies

Submitted by darmstro on Wed, 06/28/2017 - 3:25pm

Religious Studies is a secular, multi-disciplinary academic field that begins with the premise “understanding precedes criticism.”

Religious beliefs, cultures, and practices have influenced the development of individuals and societies throughout history. The Religious Studies program seeks to understand the origins, beliefs, and practices, of major religious traditions as well as lesser known religions and new religious movements. Studying religion will enable you to develop empathy for people whose beliefs at first might appear strange to you, and the ability to step back from your own ideas and beliefs to see how others see them. In this way the study of religion prepares you for living and working in a culturally diverse, multi-religious world where religion plays, or is assumed to play, an important role in the lives of others.

A graduate degree in religious studies will prepare you for traditional academic jobs, as well as working in the diplomatic service, working with non-profit organizations dealing with multi-religious clients, working in government and local administrations where a knowledge of the religion and culture of people from complex religious and cultural backgrounds is helpful, and any work that requires research skills.

Admission requirements

All applicants must meet the minimum entrance requirements set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Graduate programs in Religious Studies also have the following requirements:

MA Degree Admission Requirements

  • A University of Calgary four-year baccalaureate degree or an equivalent degree from a recognized institution, with a minimum grade point average of 3.30 on a 4 point scale for the work done in the last ten full course equivalents
  • A minimum of six full-course equivalents in Religious Studies (or their equivalents), including at least one full-course equivalent from each of the three streams (Eastern, Western, Nature), as determined by the departmental graduate committee
  • A reading knowledge of a modern language other than English or of a classical language appropriate to the thesis research. The language requirement normally should be met before admission to the MA program. Exemption from this requirement will be accorded to those who have proof (e.g., one full course equivalent of language study; native linguistic skills) of reading competency in an appropriate language

Acceptance to graduate programs at the University of Calgary is competitive. Success in meeting our minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission to the MA program.

PhD Degree Admission Requirements

  • A degree comparable to the University of Calgary Religious Studies Master of Arts with a minimum grade point average of 3.50 on a 4.0 scale

Acceptance to graduate programs at the University of Calgary is competitive. Success in meeting our minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission to the PhD program.

Degrees and specializations

Specializations:

    • Eastern Religions
    • Western Religions
    • Nature of Religion

Questions

Dr. James Apple
Graduate Program Director, Religious Studies Program
403-220-8267
jbapple@ucalgary.ca

Rachel Blake
Graduate Programs & Communications Administrator
403-220-4831
relsgrad@ucalgary.ca

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