What will I learn?

The Master of Arts in Religion trains you in the knowledge and tools necessary to shape the study of religion in the 21st century and apply those tools to productive careers in or outside the academy.

The Master of Arts program in Religion offers a strong foundation in scholarly religious research, including but also transcending considerations of particular communities of belief and practice. Faculty-scholars conduct innovative research advancing the critical scholarly analysis of religious studies, history, philosophy, theology, archaeology, Near Eastern studies, peace studies, and more. The department trains graduate students using small classes and a flexible curriculum.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Interdisciplinary concentrations are available to Religion students, including American Studies, Early Modern Studies, Hemispheric & Transnational Studies, Media Studies, and Museum Studies.
You can take courses and interact with faculty and students in other CGU departments and at The Claremont Colleges in such areas as Asian religions, African American religions, New Testament, women’s and gender studies, and U.S. history.
Thanks to CGU’s Los Angeles location, you will study in one of the most religiously and culturally diverse cities in country.

Areas of Concentration

Critical Comparative Scriptures
History of Christianity & Religions of North America
Philosophy of Religion & Theology

Which department am I in?

School of Arts and Humanities

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$79,200.00 per year
USD $1,980 per unit

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

Application deadline

1 December 2021

Start date

18 January 2022

Venue

School of Arts and Humanities

150 E. 10th Street,

CLAREMONT,

California,

91711, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

CGU requires applicants to submit proof of a completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. The school also requires a minimum standard of a B average in undergraduate coursework (3.0 on a 4.0 scale).

For international students

CGU requires applicants to submit proof of a completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. The school also requires a minimum standard of a B average in undergraduate coursework (3.0 on a 4.0 scale).

A minimum TOEFL score of 75 iBT, IELTS score of 6.0 or Pearson PTE score of 50 is required to be considered for admission to CGU through the International Scholars Program (ISP). A minimum TOEFL score of 95 iBT, IELTS score of 7.0 with no sub-score lower than 6.5 or Pearson PTE score of 66 is required for direct-entry admission.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Claremont Graduate University

Being part of the reputable Claremont Colleges, students at CGU enjoy access to superior resources and services.

  • A pioneer in higher education
  • Offers students industry-specific courses
  • CGU faculty are widely recognized as leaders in their fields
  • All students are considered for merit-based fellowships