Graduate Religious Studies at Mount Saint Mary’s University
Have you always wanted to enhance your career with a graduate degree in religious studies or further your understanding of the impact that religion has in the world? It is with your future in mind that we are proud to announce an all-new program structure and curriculum crafted specifically for the Master of Arts in Religious Studies at Mount Saint Mary’s University.
Through much research and study, we crafted a program that is in alignment and in continuity with the variety of institutions to which MSMU is accountable: The Mission of Mount Saint Mary’s University, the Spirit of the Founders (specifically as this Spirit is articulated through the Principles of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet), and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.
The Master of Arts in Religious Studies is now composed of two distinct, though mutually informative, concentrations. The first concentration is in “Contextual Theology,” and the second is in “The Study of Religions.” Each concentration has a 36-unit requirement to degree, which can be completed in 2-3 years.
Keep in mind we are one of the few Catholic institutions to offer a Master of Arts in Religious Studies with a specific concentration in The Study of Religions. If students choose The Study of Religions concentration, they are not obligated to take core courses in Theological Studies, as may be required at many other institutions.
MSMU's graduate Religious Studies program still prepares you to make a difference in our world, with career opportunities in many fields, including:
- Social Services
- Health Organizations
- Nonprofit Organizations
- Religious Communities
Concentrations in Religious Studies
Religious Studies with a Concentration in Contextual Theology
In establishing a concentration in Contextual Theology for the Master of Arts in Religious Studies, we asserted a simple (though often overlooked) claim in that all theologies are intimately influenced, and have the potential to influence, the socio-cultural and geo-political contexts in which they are immersed.
Call (213) 477-2800 for more information on the all-new Master of Arts in Religious Studies degree programs. Please visit our Graduate Admissions website to learn more about admission.