M.A. (Religious Studies)

Master of Arts in Religious Studies

Duration: 2 Years
Level: Post Graduation
Type: Degree
Eligibility: Graduation

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)
  • Indigenous Religions
  • Asian Religious Traditions
  • New Age Religion
  • New Religious Movements
  • Holocaust Studies
  • 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.

M.A. Religious Studies Syllabus

Syllabus of Religious Studies as prescribed by various Universities and Colleges.

Sem. I

Sr. No.

Subjects of Study


Origin & Development of Religion


Vedic Religion


Jainism and Buddhism


Judaism and Christianity

Sem. II


Six Schools of Indian Philosophy


Islam And Sufism


Bhakti Tradition of Medieval India


Origin And Development of Sikh Religion

Sem. III


History of the Sikhs (1709-1849)


Guru Granth Sahib And Dasam Granth


Varan Bhai Gurdas And Janamsakhi Literature


Philosophy of Sikhism

Sem. IV


Exegetical Traditions of Guru Granth Sahib


The Religious Movements of 19th And Early 20thCentury Punjab


Sociology of Sikh Religion


Philosophy of Religion


M.A. Religious Studies Colleges

M.A. Religious Studies Course Suitability

  • 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.

M.A. Religious Studies Job Types

  • Teacher & Lecturer
  • Preacher
  • Department Chair
  • Assistant Professor
  • Project Coordinator - Young Health Programme

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