Queen’s University’s School of Religion offers a theoretically challenging and internationally-acclaimed one-year M.A. program in Religion and Modernity. Our courses equip students with the tools to analyze and question issues of politics, culture, race, gender and science in the construction of religion in modernity. Students then have the opportunity to write a research essay that focusses on a particular religious tradition or phenomenon.
Our program is small and selective, and gives students and faculty the opportunity to work closely together on research projects. Many of our graduates have gone on to PhD programs in the UK, USA and at universities across Canada. Others have stayed at Queen's to work with faculty in the PhD program in Cultural Studies.
"I was drawn to the Department of Religious Studies at Queen's because of its innovative one-year master's program in religion and modernity and post-modernity. The religion department offers incredible guaranteed funding and valuable teaching assistant positions and because the program is quite small it is easy to get to know your fellow MA students and professors. The program itself is challenging but professors are approachable and willing to discuss course material and research projects, which is very helpful."
Students take one core course and two elective courses in both the fall and winter terms, then write a master's essay over the summer.
Before graduating, students are required to give evidence of a reading knowledge of at least one language, in addition to English, selected from the languages of modern scholarship and/or necessary source languages.
Students are assigned a supervisor once they have been accepted into the program.
Graduates of our program have been accepted into Ph.D. programs at the University of Toronto, McGill, the University of British Columbia, York University, the University of Waterloo, the University of Ottawa and McMaster University. Others have entered the private sector as journalists, public policy analysts and researchers or international development workers. Still others have gone on to study at institutions such as Oxford University.
Basic Funding Package: $13,800 (minimum) Our funding package includes internal and external awards and teaching and research assistantships. Many students also qualify for Ontario Graduate Scholarships and Canada Graduate Scholarships and SSHRC awards.
Entering graduate students who win federal government tri-council awards are automatically provided a $5,000 top-up award by Queen’s.
Grades: We consider all courses taken over 4 years.
We require a GPA equivalent to "B+" on the Queen’s scale in a four-year Honours Bachelors degree program in Religious Studies, or equivalent (e.g. history, anthropology, etc.), awarded by a recognized university.
We ask all applicants to send a writing sample (an essay you have already written) directly to the department.
For international students, if required, a TOEFL total score of at least 600 (paper-based) or or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120. Applicants must have the minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.
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