Master of Arts in Religion

Requirements for degree

  • 32 credit hours of graduate course work (total)
  • 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.

Requirements for the Graduate Minor in Religion

The graduate minor in Religion is designed for graduate or professional students in other disciplines who desire to complement their degree program with a study of Religion. The Minor will consist of any coherent set of at least 12 graduate hours of courses that is approved by the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Religion.  It will include at least one graduate seminar in the Department of Religion.  The successful completion of a minor is noted on the student’s transcript.  For admission to the program contact the department.



Any graduate seminar in Religion


Graduate electives in Religion at the 400 level or above


In addition to the minor requirements, students must also complete the requirements of their major degree. The major department determines which and how many minor hours may also be applied to the major degree. Please contact your department for more information.