The three study streams at the graduate level are Western Religions, Eastern Religions, and Nature of Religion. Feasibility of programs within these streams is dependent on available research resources and faculty expertise. See Research.
For students with a Master of Arts in Religious Studies, five half-courses are required in addition to individualized requirements set by the Departmental Graduate Committee at the time of admission:
RELS 701 Studies in Western Religions
RELS 703 Studies in Eastern Religions
RELS 705 Studies in the Nature of Religion
RELS 707 PhD Departmental Colloquium
RELS 709 Advanced Critical Discourses in the Study of Religion
Graduate course work completed prior to admission and not counted towards satisfying undergraduate degree requirements will be considered by the Graduate Committee in determining course requirements.
Course requirements are normally completed by the end of the first year, but must be completed before the Candidacy examination may be taken.
The dissertation proposal must be approval by each member of the student' supervisory committee, acknowledged by individual signature and date (see Dissertation Proposal Approval by Committee form), and by the Departmental Graduate Committee no later than 24 months after admission to the program with a completed master's degree. The proposal should be no more than 20 pages in length and must obtain all required approvals before the student is allowed to take the candidacy examination.
Successful completion and defense of a dissertation. The dissertation will have the following maximum: 100,000 words (excluding bibliography).