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Master's Program

Religion, Culture and Global Justice (MA) 

Welcome to the Religion, Culture and Global Justice MA Program! Our Master of Arts (MA) in Religion and Culture and Global Studies examines how religious thinkers, traditions, practices and ideologies inform global processes, social movements, intercultural interactions, community formation, individual identity and other aspects of contemporary life.

Our focus is on the present, but not without knowledge of the past. Our graduate seminars examine the many histories implicated in religious processes to enable a deeper understanding of the place of religion in today’s global communities.

We are committed to creative teaching and strive to foster the spirit of free inquiry, the determination to pose probing questions, and the critical skills and knowledge you’ll need to succeed.

The Department of Religion and Culture has ties to the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and one of the department members is a CIGI research chair. The department also offers, with the University of Waterloo, a PhD program in Religious Studies that focuses on religious diversity in North America.

Faculty Research Areas

Active scholars, faculty members in the Department of Religion and Culture have expertise in fields that include:

  • Global Christianity
  • Christian origins
  • Islam, especially contemporary Islamic thought
  • African diasporic religions
  • South Asian religions
  • Caribbean religions
  • Aboriginal religions
  • Buddhism in North America
  • Religion among immigrant and refugee communities
  • Multiculturalism
  • Psychology and religion
  • Religion and popular culture
  • Food and religion
  • Gender, sexuality and religion

Program Options

MA students in Religion, Culture and Global justice have options for completing the program with a major research paper (MRP) or a thesis. Students are initially admitted to the course-based MRP option. Admission to the thesis option is granted upon the successful completion of an accepted thesis proposal.