Master of Arts in Religion Requirements
- For regular admission, applicants must hold a four-year baccalaureate degree or equivalent with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better (on a 4-point scale) from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university.
- Applicants who meet the GPA requirements stated above may: (a) receive regular admission by submitting the official results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with scores that meet or exceed the standards of the school; or (b) receive provisional admission while completing 12 units of courses in the program with grades of B or better, while preparing for, taking and submitting the official results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), during the provisional period. However, the school retains the right to require GRE scores from any applicant in advance of admission.
- International applicants must meet the requirements of the university for English-language competence. The school will consider waiving this requirement for international applicants who have demonstrated success in graduate courses or programs offered in English at other universities.
- Students must have adequate undergraduate or graduate preparation in their major and minor area of study. Some deficiencies can be met by taking specific prerequisite courses (e.g. at the REL_ 50_ level) before being accepted into the program, or before taking a specific advanced class. Such prerequisites do not count towards the 48 required units in the program.
- Students may transfer up to 24 units from an approved graduate program in another university.
General Studies (4)
RELG 510 Research and Writing in Religion (4)
Major Area Studies (24-28)
Required Core Courses in disciplinary area of major. Other courses must be REL_ 51_ and above.
Ideally should include a reading tutorial and at least one seminar in the major area of study.
Minor Area Studies (8-16)
Required Core Course(s) in disciplinary area. Other courses must be REL_ 51_ and above.
Thesis in Major Area (0-8)
REL_ 698 (4), which may be repeated once.
Students who choose to write a thesis will normally complete a major of 24 units and a minor of 8-12 units.
Students may select traditional majors and minors from the standard academic disciplines in the field of religious studies (e.g., biblical studies, Christian ethics, systematic theology, practical theology, comparative religions, history of Christianity); subcategories of these disciplines (e.g., Old or New Testament studies, Seventh-day Adventist studies); or interdisciplinary studies (e.g., religious studies and literature, science and religion). Students may create an individualized program of study by proposing their own appropriately academic major and minor with the approval of their advisor and the director of the academic graduate programs. PLEASE NOTE: Professional courses (i.e. RELMs and RELPs) are not applicable to the MA in Religion degree.
Other Requirements and Regulations
1. The director of graduate programs for the Divinity School will assign each student an advisor appropriate to the field(s) of study.
2. The director of academic graduate programs, in consultation with the students and their advisors, will appoint an examination-thesis committee.
3. Students must pass a written comprehensive examination in their field(s) of study prepared by the examination-thesis committee in consultation with the students and their advisors.
4. At the discretion of the examination-thesis committee, students may be required to pass a reading proficiency examination in a language other than English if a level of competence is integral to the specific chosen field(s) of study (e.g. Hebrew for OT, Greek for NT, etc.).
5. Full-time students will enroll in an average of 12 units of courses per quarter for four quarters, during which they will independently prepare for the comprehensive examination and, if required, the language proficiency examination.
6. Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.00 or better, with no grade lower than B-.
7. Students may be required to complete prerequisite courses (e.g. REL_ 50_ level courses) before they are admitted to advanced classes. These prerequisites will not count towards the 48 units required in the program.
Last edited: 28 March 2012