Graduate Program

The Department of Religion is now accepting applications for its MA program. Spend two years with exceptional colleagues. Build expertise in Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Christianity, U.S. religious history, and ancient and modern languages. Qualified applicants receive tuition waivers and living stipends. Our graduates go on to study in top PhD programs around the country. A list of our courses can be found here, and you can apply here.

If you have any questions, you can contact Bruce Rosenstock, Director of Graduate Studies, at

Requirements for the Degree

  • 32 credit hours of graduate course work (total) at the 400 or 500 level. 
  • 12 hours (three courses) must be at the 500-level
  • RLST 510 (Introduction to Graduate Studies in Religion)
  • Primary field of study (must be established in consultation with Director of Graduate Studies; minimum of two courses in primary area of study)
  • Students must meet the foreign language requirement (reading proficiency in a foreign language relevant to the student's field of study)
  • M.A. thesis or two revised seminar papers (students writing M.A. thesis may register for up to 8 hours of M.A. thesis credit)
  • M.A. examination (based on course work and research)
  • With approval from the Director of Graduate Studies students may take up to two graduate courses (total of 8 credit hours) in other departments at the University of Illinois.