Georgia State University is one of only three public or private institutions in the State of Georgia to offer a Masters of Religious Studies degree. Tailored to individual students’ interests, the department offers four general types of MA programs:
1) Ph.D. preparatory work, focused particularly on developing familiarity with the history and theory of religious studies as a field of study (thesis track).
2) General interest, geared toward students who want to develop expertise in religious studies for their personal enrichment or so they can teach at the community college or secondaryeducation level (often non-thesis track; can include internship experience).
3) Accelerated work in a 4+1 program, geared toward undergraduate majors who want to earn a Masters degree in 1 year rather than the tradition 2 years. Note: students interested in this option should consult early on with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
4) Pending University approval, in Fall 2014 the Department will offer an M.A. in Religious Studies with a Concentration in Non-Profit Management. Students will complete coursework in the Department of Religious Studies and in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, and they will receive a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the AYSPS along with their MA in Religious Studies upon graduation (includes required internship experience).
The Department of Religious Studies offers over thirty-five different graduate-level courses. Some courses cover comparative themes such as "Religion and Ethics" and "Comparative Study of Mysticism." Others focus on individual traditions including Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, African and African-American religions, American and Latin American religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Graduates of the program have been admitted to programs at Harvard, Yale, Oxford, Cambridge, Princeton, Brown, Virginia, Chicago, Berkeley, Emory, Duke, and other top graduate programs and have entered successful careers in such fields as international journalism, immigration law, public service, private business, and education.
All of our students are encouraged to talk with the Graduate Director and faculty members working in their field to develop the best graduate plan for their specific situations
Keep up with current events in the Department by subscribing to the religious studies graduate listserve.
Applicants may obtain additional information about the Department of Religious Studies and its graduate program by contacting:
Dr. Molly Bassett
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Religious Studies
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 4089
Atlanta, GA 30302-4089