School of Religion

School of Religion

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MA Program Requirements

The program requires a total of 24 units, including RELS-801 and RELS-802 (Core Courses) and RELS-898 (Master's Essay). At least 6 units must be taken from the lists of Elective Courses and Reading Courses. Of these, at least 3 units must be chosen from the list of Elective Courses. Of the 24 units taken for the degree, no more than 6 units may be selected from the Reading Course list.

Students who have not completed in their undergraduate programs the equivalent of the Queen's University course RELS-854 "Theory in Religious Studies" will be required to take RELS-854 in addition to the required 24 units.

Not all of these courses are offered in any given year. Find out about our current courses and about requirements for the Master's Essay.

Language Requirement

Before completing the M.A. degree, students are required to give evidence of a reading knowledge of at least one language, in addition to English, elected from the languages of modern scholarship and/or necessary source languages. Normally, this requirement will be satisfied by undergraduate standing in a 6 unit course or equivalent, Ontario Academic Credit, or the equivalent.

Course Requirements

Please view the following pages to learn more about course requirements:

Master's Essay Requirements

All M.A. students must complete a Master's Essay, a research paper of between 40 - 60 pages that demonstrates appropriate competence in the application of theoretical and methodological approaches to a suitable research topic in the study of religion.

Master's Essay Requirements (PDF, 128KB)

Please see the School of Graduate Studies website for information and policies pertaining to all graduate students at Queen's.