Master of Arts - Religious Studies

2 years
9,666 CAD
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
St. John's / Canada
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Program description

From international politics to the latest blockbuster film, very little happens in the world today that does not involve religion in some manner. If you are interested in the historical and contemporary role of religion, Memorial University is the place to be. Memorial University has the largest graduate Religious Studies programme in Atlantic Canada, and one of the largest in the country. A substantial library with a huge collection of periodical literature, the Religion of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives, courses in ancient and non-western languages, robust computer assistance, and ten highly qualified, full-time faculty members are all important resources.

One of the graduate program's highlights is the particular attention offered to students. For example, each student is assigned a supervisor with whom he or she builds a customised reading course and receives personalised support in the development of a thesis, including a thesis proposal.

Hinduism, philosophy of religion, the Hebrew Bible, new-age and pagan religious movements, Chinese and North American Buddhism, Buddhism and Psychology, Christianity, religion and popular culture, ethics and social justice, the new testament, religious history of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Islam in the West have all been studied by faculty and graduate students.

Admission starts in 2024.

Program structure

  • Methods and Theories in Religious Studies
  • Thesis Writing
  • Studies in Religious Texts
  • Religious Contexts
  • Selected Topics in New Testament
  • Selected Topics in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
  • Selected Topics in Judaism
  • Selected Topics in East Asian Religious Traditions
  • Selected Topics in South Asian Religious Traditions
  • Selected Topics in the History of Christianity
  • Selected Topics in the Religious History of Canada
  • Selected Topics in the Religious History of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Selected Topics in Medieval Religious Thought
  • Selected Topics in Christian Ethics
  • Selected Topics in Religion and Culture
  • Selected Topics in the Philosophy of Religion
  • Selected Topics in New Age Religious Movements
  • Special Topics in the Study of Religion
  • Advanced Research in Religious Studies


  • Tuition — 9,666 CAD

OTHER FEES (REQUIRED) amounts listed are for two semesters

  • Student Services Fee — 100 CAD
  • Students' Union — 140 CAD
  • Recreation Fee — 138 CAD
  • Health Insurance — 523 CAD

Requirements for applicants

  • Bachelor's degree (minimum second-class honours) in Religious Studies including 15 courses in Religious Studies with a grade of ‘B’ in each

Applicants who did not complete a baccalaureate or post-graduate degree at a recognized university where English is the primary language of instruction must normally complete either the:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a paper-based score of 580 (or higher), computer-based score of 237 (or higher), or internet-based score of 92-93 (or higher); or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and achieve a score of 7 (or higher).

About the university

Memorial University has a unique responsibility to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador as the only university in the province. Memorial University was founded as a tribute to the Newfoundlanders who gave their lives in military duty during globe War I and later conflicts. We take inspiration from their efforts to create a better future for our province, our country, and the globe.

Over 115 different nations are represented among Memorial University's 19000+ students. Programs range from the traditional to the cutting edge, and can be found at any of Memorial's five locations or online. Memorial University's worldwide network of nearly 100,000 successful alums enhances the institution's capacity and reputation for leadership in research, teaching, and public engagement. Learn more about Memorial University in this quick read.

Vision, Mission

  • Vision — Memorial University will rise to prominence as one of Canada's and the world's top public institutions of higher learning, and it will honor its commitment to serving the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Mission — When it comes to education, research, scholarship, creative activity, service, and public engagement, Memorial University is committed to being at the forefront of innovation and excellence. International students and scholars are welcomed and supported at Memorial, and the institution's contributions of knowledge and experience are valued on all levels of society.


More than 19,400 students and 3,800 teachers and staff from more than 115 countries study, teach, conduct research, create, and participate in activities at our campuses and other locations. You can attend classes at one of Memorial University's several campuses in Newfoundland and Labrador or anywhere in the world; we also offer 475 courses online.

  • St. John's campus
  • Grenfell Campus
  • Marine Institute
  • Harlow Campus
  • Signal Hill Campus
  • Labrador Campus

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