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Religious Studies

Earn your Master of Arts in Religious Studies at top-rated private university, Mount Saint Mary's in Los Angeles.

MSMU's graduate Religious Studies program prepares you to make a difference in our world, with career opportunities in many fields, including:

  • Ministries
  • Social Services
  • Health and Welfare Organizations
  • Clergy
  • Chaplaincy
  • Missions
  • Education
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Religious Communities

Call 213.477.2800 for more information on the Mount Saint Mary’s University Master of Arts in Religious Studies degree program. Click here to learn more about graduate admission.


We are excited to hear of your interest in pursuing a Master of Arts in Religious Studies at Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles!  As you probably know, students engaging in the study of religion and theology are empowered to be critical thinkers and strong leaders, both within and outside of Church contexts, as they cultivate a keen eye to the ways that religious traditions shape, and are shaped by, a variety of socio-cultural circumstances.  A degree in Religious Studies functions to create a fluency in the beliefs and practices of persons of faith and it enables students to reflect more deeply on their own faith journey while also participating in dialogue across faith traditions.

The Graduate Religious Studies program at the Mount offers students the unique opportunity to work with professors deeply committed to student success, willing to accommodate the schedules of working students, and support a variety of areas of theological inquiry.  Rooted within the broader mission of MSMU LA and the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, a mission that calls for us be advocates for social justice and change, our program emphasizes praxis-based theories and methods in religion and theology, which allows students to be consistently immersed in the questions and concerns of particular communities and use these experiences to shape their own theological questions and responses.

Whether you are thinking about advancing your current career or establishing a new one, an M.A. in Religious Studies from the Mount can help you.  Graduates of our program have used their degree in a variety of ways to begin or advance their careers in education, ministry, and social services. We would enjoy the opportunity to meet you in person and answer any questions you may have about our program. We look forward to having you join the Graduate Religious Studies community here at the Mount!


Melissa Pagán, Ph.D.
Asst. Professor & Director of Graduate Religious Studies
Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles

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