Why Religious Studies @ Memorial?
Very little happens in the world today that does not intersect religion in some way, from international politics to the latest blockbuster film. If you are interested in the role religion plays historically and in today’s world, Memorial University is the ideal place to study. Memorial University offers the largest graduate program in Religious Studies in Atlantic Canada, and one of the largest in the nation. Important resources include a large library with a generous collection of periodical literature, the Religion of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives, courses in ancient and non-western languages, strong computer support, and ten highly qualified, full-time faculty members.
One of the strengths of the graduate program is the individual attention given to students. Each student, for example, is assigned a supervisor with whom he or she designs a personalized reading course and receives individualized guidance in the preparation of a thesis, including a thesis proposal. The Department is also the home of the Journal of Macrodynamic Analysis.
Faculty and graduate student research has been conducted on the following: Hinduism, philosophy of religion, Hebrew bible, new-age and pagan religious movements, Chinese and North American Buddhism, Buddhism and Psychology, Christianity, religion and popular culture, ethics and social justice, new testament, religious history of Newfoundland and Labrador, Islam in the West.
Description of program
- Graduate diploma - Disciplinary graduate diplomas provide an opportunity to acquire additional academic credentials at the graduate level without committing to a full master’s program. These programs allow students to expand on their knowledge of a particular discipline and may also be used for professional development within their careers. The graduate diploma course work can be completed on a part-time basis, making it ideal for working students.
- MA – The MA program offers both project and thesis options. The project option involves courses and a project, and can be completed in one year of full-time study. The thesis option involves courses and a thesis, and can be completed in two years. The thesis route is ideal for students considering further education in the field of Religious Studies.
Contact a faculty supervisor
Graduate applicants interested in research-based programs are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty supervisor at the time of application. Visit the Department of Religious Studies website for areas for a list of faculty members, their research interests, and contact information. You may also use the Yaffle search engine to find a supervisor you may wish to work with.
Minimum admission requirements
- Graduate diploma, MA – Bachelor's degree (minimum second-class honours) in Religious Studies including 15 courses in Religious Studies with a grade of ‘B’ in each
View the Religious Studies graduate brochure for more information.
Note: All figures are in Canadian dollars and subject to change. Students are responsible for being aware of all fees and charges, by referring to the Financial and Administrative Services website, and applicable deadlines, by referring to the University Calendar.
Graduate diploma, MA
course, project, thesis
Graduate diploma: 1 year
MA: 1-2 years
February 15 for Fall admission
October 1 for Winter admission
Please contact the grad coordinator for a late submission.
MA: $8,000 - $15,000
Tuition (NL students):
Graduate diploma: $420/semester
Tuition (Other Canadian students):
Graduate diploma: $546/semester
Tuition (International students):
Graduate diploma: $710/semester
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