For those seeking a strong foundation in philosophy to support their work in the Philosophy of Religion and Theology (PRT) track, this distinctive program allows students pursuing a PhD in Religion to earn a Master of Arts in Philosophy along the way, enhancing both degrees and expanding career opportunities.

This exciting dual degree program draws on the best of two highly regarded departments within CGU’s School of Humanities. You’ll gain a high-quality, historically grounded education in the major figures and history of Western philosophy while simultaneously undertaking a disciplined, in-depth study of religion, including—and transcending—considerations of particular communities of belief and practice. You will work closely with leading faculty-scholars who are conducting innovative research that advances the critical scholarly analysis of religion. You’ll be highly qualified to teach and conduct scholarship in the field of religion, particularly in colleges with joint philosophy and religion departments.

Program Highlights
  • The dual degree option between MA Philosophy and PhD Religion is available exclusively for those Religion doctoral students who are in the Philosophy of Religion and Theology (PRT) track.
  • You will have access to the libraries of CGU, Claremont University Consortium, and the Claremont School of Theology (CST), which offer more than two million volumes, more than 250,000 in the field of religion alone.
  • You may further customize your degree with three denomination-based tracks of study, including Mormon Studies, Coptic Studies, and Zoroastrian Studies.

Program at a Glance

72 units

3–5 years

Fall | Spring | Summer


MA in Philosophy, PhD in Religion

Tracks of Study
Track of Study
Coptic Studies
The Coptic Studies curriculum provides a comprehensive survey of the religion’s influential history and current membership and is an invaluable contribution to such degree programs as the History of Christianity or Philosophy and Religious Theology. Courses include a Coptic literature seminar, “The Religious Heritage of Egypt,” “Coptic Art & Archaeology,” and “Christianity in Egypt: History & Culture.”
Track of Study
Mormon Studies
Mormonism is fully explored—in all its breadth and depth—in courses taught by a faculty that includes one of America’s leading Mormon scholars. In an atmosphere of inquiry that respects all faiths, our master’s and doctoral students pursue original research while enrolled in such degree programs as the History of Christianity and Religions of North America.
Track of Study
Zoroastrian Studies
Supported by our robust Zoroastrian Studies Council, the School of Religion established programming in Zoroastrian Studies so that master’s and doctoral students could explore the religion’s historical influence, impact, and customs. Courses examine the cosmology, eschatology, ethics, and rituals of this oldest of prophetic religions, as well as its relationship with other religions and philosophies.

Featured Courses

PHIL 300
Philosophical Greek

Introduces the ancient Greek language, the ideal foundation for the study of the beginnings of Western Philosophy.

Greek Readings

Explores readings in Plato and Aristotle to maintain and improve your command of ancient Greek.

PHIL 452
Seminar in Ethics

Explores the place of ethics in contemporary philosophy through this study of recent work in so-called virtue ethics.

REL 362
Theories of Religion

Takes an in-depth survey of the major theories of religion as they are portrayed through some of their influential interpreters in the post-Enlightenment West.

REL 416
Religion in America: 1865-present

Explores some of the most important and innovative recent scholarly work examining the significance and shape of religion in the modern United States.

REL 407
Introduction to Ancient Mesopotamian Religion

Explores ancient Mesopotamian religion and, in the process, unpacks many modern notions of what constitutes religion by looking at texts, religious structures, references to religious officials, and other artifacts.


Unit Breakdown

  • 40 units MA
    • 12 units: Philosophy of Religion PhD courses
    • 28 units: Philosophy coursework
  • 32 additional units PhD

Required Courses

  • One approved course each in:
    • Contemporary philosophy or logic
    • Metaphysics or epistemology
    • Ethics or value theory
    • Modern philosophy
    • Ancient philosophy
  • One advanced seminar

Language Requirement

  • Reading knowledge of French or German

PhD Completion

  • PhD qualifying exams
  • Dissertation proposal
  • Dissertation and oral defense

Faculty & Research

  • Ingolf Dalferth profile image

    Ingolf Dalferth

    Danforth Professor of Philosophy of Religion

    Research Interests

    Philosophical and theological hermeneutics, Ecumenical theology, Subjectivity theory, Religion and emotion

  • Anselm Min profile image

    Anselm Min

    Professor of Religion

    Research Interests

    Theology of globalization, Liberation theology, Religious pluralism, Comparative theology, Contemporary systematic theology, Postmodern philosophy and theology

  • Masahiro Yamada profile image

    Masahiro Yamada

    Associate Professor of Philosophy
    Chair, Philosophy Department

    Research Interests

    Epistemology, Action Theory, Philosophy of Mind

  • Charles Young profile image

    Charles Young

    Professor of Philosophy

    Research Interests

    Ancient philosophy, Aristotle, Plato

Where You Can Find Our Alumni

Interdisciplinary Concentrations

As a student in the School of Arts & Humanities, you have the option of completing one of six interdisciplinary concentrations.

American Studies

The American Studies concentration takes a multidisciplinary approach to the study of United States culture, society, civilization, and identity through the curricular lenses of history, literature, critical theory, and more.

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Continental Philosophy

This concentration explores Continental Philosophy in relation to the historical roots it shares with Analytic Philosophy—specifically the work of Descartes, Kant, and Plato. Faculty-scholars teach a wide range of figures in Continental Philosophy.

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Early Modern Studies

The Early Modern Studies concentration undertakes interdisciplinary examination of history, culture, politics, and society within the transitional and transformative period that stretched between Medieval and modern societies, marked especially by the advent of print, Christian confessional war, and the rise of the modern state.

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Hemispheric & Transnational Studies

A comparative analysis of culture in the Americas, the concentration in Hemispheric & Transnational Studies explores how scholarship on the Atlantic, borderlands, and diaspora have reshaped U.S. American Studies, Caribbean Studies, and Latin American Studies, emphasizing the topics of empire, race, religion, and revolution.

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Media Studies

Situated at the bustling intersection of cultural studies, new media, critical theory, and popular culture, the burgeoning field of Media Studies examines the creative and critical practices of media consumers, producers, artists, and scholars, focusing on questions of representation, power, technology, politics, and economy.

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Museum Studies

The Museum Studies concentration investigates the history and political role of museums in society, the interpretation and display of a wide variety of cultural productions, and topics of special concern to museums as cultural organizations, using a multidisciplinary, practice-based approach to understand the historical development of this evolving field.

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