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

4-7 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.


Required Courses

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

Research Tools Requirement

  • Two Research Tools fulfilled by passing two foreign language translation exams (French and German) administered by the School of Arts & Humanities

PhD Completion

  • Qualifying exams (written and oral) in accordance with requirements for the PhD in Religion with a concentration in Philosophy of Religion and Theology
  • Dissertation and final oral exam

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

  • Nicola Denzey Lewis profile image

    Nicola Denzey Lewis

    Margo L. Goldsmith Chair in Women’s Studies in Religion

    Research Interests

    Social and Intellectual History of the Roman Empire, Gnosticism, Women’s Studies, Religion in the Roman Empire and Late Roman Empire, Late Antiquity

  • Patricia Easton profile image

    Patricia Easton

    Executive Vice President and Provost
    Professor of Philosophy

    Research Interests

    Philosophy, History of modern philosophy, Philosophy of mind, History of science

  • Cynthia Eller profile image

    Cynthia Eller

    Professor of Religion

    Research Interests

    Women and religion, new religious movements, methods and theories in the study of religion, religion in North America

  • Gawdat Gabra profile image

    Gawdat Gabra

    Clinical Professor of Coptic Studies

    Research Interests

    Religion, Coptic studies, Egyptian Christianity

  • Ruqayya Y. Khan profile image

    Ruqayya Y. Khan

    Associate Professor of Religion
    Malas Chair of Islamic Studies

    Research Interests

    The Qur'an, Arabic literatures, Progressive Islamic theologies, Women in Islam, Islam and environmental ethics, Islam and the digital age

  • Patrick Mason profile image

    Patrick Mason

    Dean, School of Arts & Humanities
    Professor of Religion
    Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies
    Chair, Religion Department

    Research Interests

    Religion, Mormonism, Peace studies, American religious history

  • 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

  • Daniel Ramírez profile image

    Daniel Ramírez

    Associate Professor of Religion

    Research Interests

    American religious history; Latin American religious history; Religion, migration, and transnationalism; Religion in borderlands; Contemporary theories of religion

  • Tammi J. Schneider profile image

    Tammi J. Schneider

    Professor of Religion

    Research Interests

    Ancient Near Eastern history, literature, archaeology, and religion;
    Women in the Hebrew Bible

  • Sallama Shaker profile image

    Sallama Shaker

    Full Clinical Professor of Middle East & International Studies

    Research Interests

    Power politics, religion, and culture in the Middle East; Feminization of poverty and global challenges; Islam state politics; Islamic feminism; Cultural diversity; Globalization

  • 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

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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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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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