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MA in Religious Studies The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Course info



The first and unique programme of its kind in local universities, the Master of Arts Programme in Religious Studies (hereafter the Programme) was established in 1998 by the Department of Religion (renamed Department of Cultural and Religious Studies in 2004). Considering religion an integral part of human life, thought and culture, the Programme advocates a critical and comparative perspective to the study of multifarious religious phenomena and a sympathetic understanding of people’s religious experience.

Emphasis on experiential learning is a distinctive feature of our Programme. Since religion is a living phenomenon in our society, fieldwork constitutes a core learning activity for students to integrate religious theory and application, and to gain a greater understanding of the daily religious practices of people, both locally and overseas. Over the past years, students participated in a large number of field trips organized either by individual courses or research centres to visit religious sites in Hong Kong, Macao, Mainland China, Malacca, Japan, Portugal and so forth.

With the establishment of the Alumni Association of the Programme in 2013, a group of committed graduates has been passionate in promoting the culture, values and wisdom of different religious traditions to the general public through workshops, open lectures, and field trips. Moreover, thanks to the strong support of our alumni, four scholarships (Ho Chor Memorial Scholarship, St. Francis Xavier Scholarship, Leung Yun Tim Memorial Scholarship, Shun Shin Yin Koon Scholarship) have been set up to recognize student achievements and promote the cause of religious studies.

The Programme being principally not career-oriented, most graduates in the Graduate Exit Survey strongly agree with the question: “The Programme has provided me an excellent foundation for my life-long learning”. Students recognize and affirm the Programme’s main objective of heightening their cultural and religious sensitivity, as well as critical and analytical skills, which lay a solid foundation for their lifelong learning.


The Programme features an interdisciplinary approach to examine the intricate interactions between religion and culture, religion and ethics, religion and education, religion and literature and so forth, with a view to broadening students’ horizons, heightening their awareness of the relationships between religion and other social phenomena and academic disciplines, and deepening their understanding of the role of religion in the socio-political reality of international relations and affairs. With the smooth and successful running of the Programme over the past 16 years, we have trained more than 500 graduates.

In response to enthusiastic social demand, a specialized area of study “Religion, Life and Wisdom” has been incorporated into our curriculum in 2012 in a bid to draw from the well of profound wisdom of the world religions to stimulate students’ reflection of the practical issues of life and death, health and cultivation, as well as mindfulness and spirituality. Well-received by our students, this training is instrumental for their personal growth, both intellectually and spiritually, which has a positive influence on their career development, thus contributing to the overall social construction of Hong Kong.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study MA in Religious Studies.

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees

HK$105,000.00 (9,90,990) per year


02 Sep, 06 Jan


The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Sha Tin, Hong Kong, New Territories

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants must satisfy one of the following:

  1. graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor's degree, normally with honors not lower than Second Class; or
  2. graduated from an honors programme of a recognized university with a Bachelor's degree, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than "B" ; or
  3. completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained professional or similar qualifications equivalent to an honors degree.

To fulfill the University’s minimum English language requirements for admission to postgraduate programmes, applicants should have:

obtained a degree from a university in Hong Kong or taken a degree programme of which the medium of instruction was English; or

achieved scores in the following English Language tests2 as indicated:

  • TOEFL: 550 (Paper-based)/79 (Internet-based);
  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5;
  • GMAT (Verbal): Band 21; or

obtained a pass grade in other English language requirements equivalent to HKDSE or

obtained a recognized professional qualification, provided that the examination was conducted in English.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.