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Religious Studies

The Department of Religious Studies pursues a critical and comparative study of religions. This study aims to illuminate the dynamics of religion as a dimension of human culture and to develop theories and methods that advance our understanding of religion in its cultural and historical context. The faculty offers instruction in methodologies in the study of religion, religion and gender, history of religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, religions of China and Japan, Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Native American and other traditional religions, religion and dance; and religions in North America.

Related areas of study include a dual master's degree with the Departments of History or Asian Languages and Civilizations. There is also a certificate program in ethnographic and transcultural filmmaking. Opportunities for interdisciplinary study are available among a wide selection of departments such as: anthropology, sociology,Asian languages and civilizations, comparative literature, philosophy, classics, women's studies, theatre and dance, journalism and mass communication, and fine arts.

Degrees Offered:

Degree Details: 

MA
Requires 31 semester hours of course work, including three required core seminars, a thesis representing 4-6 semester hours of thesis research, a comprehensive final exam, and a competence (fourth semester) in a language other than English and use of this language in the student’s course of study.

Admissions Requirements: 

Applicants must:

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  2. Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75.
  3. Have completed at least 12 semester hours (or the equivalent) of undergraduate course work directly related to the academic study of religion.
  4. All citizens/U.S. residents must complete the GRE test.
  5. Provide three letters of recommendation.
  6. Provide a statement on Academic Goals and Activities.
  7. Provide a  writing sample.
Financial Support: 

All new applicants are considered for assistance which may be in the form of grants, fellowships, or teaching assistant positions.

Fall Domestic Application Deadline: 
Monday, December 15, 2014
Fall International Application Deadline: 
Monday, December 15, 2014
Contact Information: 

University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Religious Studies
Graduate Program Administrator
Humanities 240
292 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0292
Phone: 303-492-8041
Fax: 303-735-2080

Where To Send Your Materials: 

Application Mailing Instructions

Domestic Applicants:

Transcripts should be sent directly to Graduate Admissions. Transcripts must be official copies and should include ALL post-secondary academic work completed to date, including courses appearing as transfer credit on other transcripts, credits earned in study abroad programs, and courses taken for college credit while in high school. Copies of transcripts mailed in unsealed envelopes and sent directly by applicants are NOT official transcripts.

For standard international mail or mail within the US, including USPS Priority and Express:

Graduate Admissions
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine Street, Suite A122
553 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0553 USA

For overnight or express mail (DHL, FEDEX, UPS):

Graduate Admissions             
University of Colorado Boulder                     
3100 Marine Street , Bldg RL3, Suite A122
553 UCB
Boulder, CO 80303-1058 USA                                                                                                                              
Phone:  (303) 492-6301
  

All International Applicants

Transcripts should be sent directly to Office of Admissions/International.  Transcripts must be official copies and should include ALL post-secondary academic work completed to date, including courses appearing as transfer credit on other transcripts, credits earned in study abroad programs, and courses taken for college credit while in high school. Copies of transcripts mailed in unsealed envelopes and sent directly by applicants are NOT official transcripts.

For standard international mail or mail within the US, including USPS Priority and Express:

Office of Admissions/International
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine Street, Suite A122
65 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0065 USA

Overnight/Express Mailing Address (DHL, UPS, FedEx)          

Office of Admissions/International               
University of Colorado Boulder                     
3100 Marine Street, Bldg RL3, Suite A122
65 UCB
Boulder, CO 80303-1058 USA

Phone: (303) 492-6301