Religion, MA

for the degree of Master of Arts in Religion


head of department: Valerie Hoffman

director of graduate studies: Jonathan Ebel

email: religion@illinois.edu


department website: http://www.religion.illinois.edu

department faculty:


overview of grad college admissions & requirements: https://grad.illinois.edu/admissions/apply

college website: https://las.illinois.edu/


department office: 2090 Foreign Language Building, MC-166, 707 South Mathews, Urbana, IL 61801

phone: (217) (217) 333-0473
fax: (217) 244-4019


Graduate Degree Programs in Religion

Religion, MA

Religion Graduate Minor


Admission

The Graduate College admission requirements apply. Applicants need not have an undergraduate major in the study of religion, but they must demonstrate a capacity to undertake advanced study in this area of inquiry. All applications for admission must be supported by three letters of recommendation from persons qualified to comment on the applicant’s aptitude for graduate study in religion. Applicants are required to submit a sample of their written work. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. International applicants whose native language is not English must take the IELTS or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and have their scores submitted to Institution Code #1836, Dept. #00. A score of at least 600 on the paper-based test (PBT), or 250 on the computer-based test (CBT), or 100 on the internet-based test (iBT) is required for admission to this program.

Graduate Teaching Experience

Although teaching is not a general Graduate College requirement, experience in teaching is considered an important part of the graduate experience in this program.

Facilities and Resources

The extraordinary University Library is the department’s main research facility; within it, the History, Philosophy & Newspaper Library, the Rare Book Room, and the International and Area Studies Library all serve faculty and students with expert bibliographers and focused collections. Among other special collections that are likely to be useful to our students are Afro-Americana and Women’s Studies; the library is also a major repository for government documents.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to many students in the form of fellowships or assistantships. More information is available on the Graduate College web site, http://www.grad.illinois.edu/fellowship/finaid.

for the degree of Master of Arts in Religion


For additional details and requirements refer to the department’s graduate degree requirements and the Graduate College Handbook

Religion, MA

Thesis Option

REL 510Graduate Intro to Religion4
Two additional 500-level courses at least one of which must be in Religion8
Each student will establish a primary field of study in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies and the student’s advisor. Two courses must be taken within that field. In most cases, the primary field of study will be a particular field such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Philosophy of Religion, or Religion in America, min. 88
Language Requirement: Students will demonstrate reading comprehension in one language other than English that is appropriate for research in the main field of the student’s interest. The student will demonstrate that competence by completing a fourth-semester (or more advanced) course in a foreign language or by passing a reading comprehension test administered by the department. Credit does not apply to requirements0
REL 599Thesis Research8
Total Hours32

Other Requirements

Other requirements may overlap
Students may take up to two of the required eight courses in departments other than Religion. Courses must be relevant to the student’s curriculum in Religion.
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 12
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Within the Unit: 8
Student's must pass the MA examination
Minimum GPA: 2.75

Non-Thesis Option

REL 510Graduate Intro to Religion4
Two additional 500-level courses at least one of which must be in Religion8
Each student will establish a primary field of study in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies and the student’s advisor. Two courses must be taken within that field. In most cases, the primary field of study will be a particular field such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Philosophy of Religion, or Religion in America, min. 88
Language Requirement: Students will demonstrate reading comprehension in one language other than English that is appropriate for research in the main field of the student’s interest. The student will demonstrate that competence by completing a fourth-semester (or more advanced) course in a foreign language or by passing a reading comprehension test administered by the department. Credit does not apply to requirements.0
Total Hours32

Other Requirements

Other requirements may overlap
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 12
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Within the Unit: 8
Students may take up to two of the required eight courses in departments other than Religion. Courses must be relevant to the student’s curriculum in Religion.
Two Revised research papers in the student's primary field of study are required.
Student's must pass the MA examination
Minimum GPA: 2.75