The General MA

The general MA degree program is designed to give students a strong foundation in scholarly study, providing the broadest preparation for research and teaching in the field of religion and religious studies. Successful completion of the general MA program readies students to pursue PhD studies in religion and related fields, as well as for various roles and service in religious communities.

Requirements for the General MA

In addition to general requirements for all MA degrees, general MA students are expected to fulfill the following:


Students are required to participate in courses and research in three major areas of the study of religion. They are to complete at least 12 units in any 3 areas from the following: Critical Comparative Scriptures; History of Christianity and Religions of North America; Islamic Studies; Jewish Studies; Mormon Studies; Philosophy of Religion and Theology; and Women's Studies in Religion.

Primary Text Language Requirement

There is no primary text language requirement.


The thesis topic is to be selected in consultation with the student's advisor or advisory committee.

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