M.A. Religious Studies or Master of Arts in Religious Studies is a postgraduate Religious Studies course. Religious Studies is pursued from a non-confessional perspective, on the principle that religion is a human activity influencing and being influenced by most other human endeavours. A degree in Religious Studies provides the context for significant intellectual and personal development as well as the acquisition of a wide range of transferable skills. Course helps to develop the general critical, analytical and communicative skills which prepare students for a wide variety of employment opportunities, for vocational training and for continued life-long learning.
Some of M.A. Religious Studies Specializations
The Category 'Religion'
Theory and Method (the study of religion)
Asian Religious Traditions
New Age Religion
New Religious Movements
Modern Jewish Thought
Islamic Studies, Classical and Modern
M.A. Religious Studies Eligibility
The student who has passed B.A. or any other equivalent qualification with minimum 50% marks are eligible.
Some of the very reputed universities and institutes conduct entrance examination to get admission to the degree course.
M.A. Religious Studies Syllabus
The following are study related subjects:-
Subjects of Study
Origin & Development of Religion
Jainism and Buddhism
Judaism and Christianity
Six Schools of Indian Philosophy
Islam And Sufism
Bhakti Tradition of Medieval India
Origin And Development of Sikh Religion
History of the Sikhs (1709-1849)
Guru Granth Sahib And Dasam Granth
Varan Bhai Gurdas And Janamsakhi Literature
Philosophy of Sikhism
Exegetical Traditions of Guru Granth Sahib
The Religious Movements of 19th And Early 20thCentury Punjab
Course will equip you for higher level study of religion by building on your existing knowledge of, and interest in religion.
It gives you the opportunity to carry out a substantial piece of independent research on a topic of your choice and to write this up as a dissertation.
Candidates those who want to develop knowledge and understanding of the histories, practices, social conditions and cultural expressions of major and indigenous religious traditions are suitable for it.
Applicants should possess writing skills such as accurate referencing and the ability to construct a reasoned argument.
How is M.A. Religious Studies Course Beneficial?
You will develop and enhance knowledge and skills that will be valuable for PhD study and in careers such as teaching, working in the health service, local and national government, social services and social policy.
Graduates pursue careers in a wide variety of sectors including the media, social work, teaching, charity management, academic (after completion of Ph.D.), NGOs, business and legal services.
They can also have jobs in public and private sector organisations such as the National Health Service, financial, legal firms and the like others.