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What will I learn?

The joint Master of Arts (MA) in Religion is offered by the Department of Religion at the University of Manitoba and the Department of Religion & Culture (formerly Religious Studies) at The University of Winnipeg. The program provides advanced study in the interdisciplinary field of religious studies.

Course offerings and thesis direction are available at both universities. Students in the program can choose between two streams: Thesis Option (coursework plus thesis) or Course Option (all coursework). In both streams the student is required to demonstrate reading knowledge of a second language. In the Thesis Option, this reading knowledge normally must be demonstrated before the thesis proposal is reviewed. As well, students must have completed courses in Methodology from a recognized university/college, or take this type of training in addition to their regular coursework in the MA program.

Students completing the Joint MA Program in Religion will receive a joint parchment and may choose to graduate from either of the participating universities.


This degree is an asset for those careers which are people-oriented, such as teaching, social work, government and the Foreign Service. Foreign correspondents of newspapers, radio and TV stations will find this area of study to be of great value. Careers in publishing and the academic field are also available.


Seminar in Biblical Religions • Seminar in History of Christian Thought • Seminar in Comparative Religions • Seminar in Religion and Culture • Seminar in Religion in the Modern World

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Study options

Full Time (Thesis Option: a minimum of 12 credit hours of course work; Course Option: a minimum of 24 credit hours beyond the level required for admissions to the MA)

Tuition fees
CAD$12,190.40 (US$ 9,464) per year
CAN $6,095.20 per term

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected January 2023

Start date

1 September 2022


Faculty of Graduate Studies

515 Portage Avenue,


Manitoba (MB),

R3B 2E9, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a completed 4-year bachelor’s degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 from a recognized post-secondary institution. Test of English as a Foreign Language: Requirement/Score: Internet-based - Achieve a minimum score of 86 with no less than 20 in each component; International English Language Testing System: Requirement/Score: IELTS Academic - Minimum overall band score of 6.5; Cambridge Assessment English: C1 Advanced: Requirement/Score: Minimum score 180; Cambridge Assessment English: C2 Proficiency: Requirement/Score: Minimum score 180; CanTest: Requirement/Score: An average score of 4.5 in Listening and Reading; and a score of 4.0 in Writing, A score of 3.5 in Writing may be considered, depending on the program of study, and provided the student is registered in Academic Writing Extended (ESL); CAEL and CAEL-CE - Minimum score of 60; CAEL online - Minimum score of 70; Pearson Test of English (Academic): Requirement/Score: Minimum of score of 58

For international students

An Honours or 4-year BA degree in Religion or Religion & Culture with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the last 60 credit hours. Other relevant degrees will be considered.

English Requirement (if applicant’s first language is not English): Minimum TOEFL score 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), 86 (internet-based) or IELTS score 6.5

Deadlines: Fall (September) Intake – January 30


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