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M.A. Program in Religious Studies

The program requires a total of 24.0 units, including RELS 801 and RELS 802 (Core Courses) at 3.0 units each and RELS 898 (Master's Essay) at 6.0 units. Grad courses, with the exception of RELS 898 are normally weighted at 3.0 units.  

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 24.0 units.

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 6.0 unit course or equivalent, Ontario Academic Credit, or the equivalent.

Course Requirements

At least 6.0 units must be taken from the lists of Elective Courses and Reading Courses. 

Not all of our graduate courses are offered in any given year. A current course list is posted on our website during the summer prior to the start of the new intake of graduate students. 

Core/Required Courses: 

RELS 801 Core Course I: Religion and Modernity
Examines the nature of religious transition in response to various pressures for religious change.

RELS 802 Core Course II: Theory and Method in Religious Studies
Looks at recent articulations and applications of theories and methods in Religious Studies.

Elective Courses:

Like our core courses, these courses are restricted to graduate students. At least 3.0 units must be chosen from the list of Elective Courses. At least two elective courses will be offered each year. 

Reading Courses:

These courses will be offered concurrently with a linked undergraduate course. A maximum of 6.0 units from this list is permitted for the MA program. Graduate students will be required to attend classes with the undergraduate students but will have separate course requirements.

Note: With the approval of the Graduate Co-ordinator, students are permitted to take relevant graduate-only courses in other departments.

Master Essay (6.0 Units)

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.