Master of Arts in Religion
Study the traditions and belief systems of the world’s major religions with the Master of Arts in Religion in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University. Examine religions and cultures through several individual methods of study, including history, philosophy and the social sciences. Consider how religion intersects with race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and disability.
For students who intend to teach religious studies in community colleges or high schools, the Religion MA provides advanced training in methods of research and in-depth study of the world's major religious traditions. The program offers postgraduate training and exposure to the newest research methods and developments that can aid in the understanding of religious and cultural traditions.
Courses draw from the following themes, each of which is rooted in the expertise of the Religion Department's faculty.
- Critical investigation of religion and human differences
- Historical texts and traditions
- Religion and society
Become immersed in the basic thought, history and practices of a religious tradition by choosing an academic concentration, including one of the following.
- African diaspora
- African American religious traditions
- Biblical studies
- Gender and religion
- Islamic studies
- Jewish studies
- Religion and social science
Graduates of the Master of Arts in Religion are prepared to pursue doctoral studies in religion or enter the workforce in many professional fields, such as business, government, journalism, medicine and social work.