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Religious Studies

Degrees Offered: Ph.D., M.A.

Members

Professors

L. Bablitz, S. Braund, C. W. Marshall, T. Schneider, F. De Angelis.

Associate Professors

R. Ahmed, A. S. Chaudhry, E. Cooper, R. Cousland, G. E. Gardner, M. Griffin, S. McElduff, R. Menkis.

Assistant Professors

K. Fisher, M. McCarty, S. J. Milstein, F. Yoon, K. Huemoeller.

Program Overview

The Religious Studies graduate program offers courses of instruction leading to both the Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). Studies leading to the M.A. degree are offered in the following areas of concentration: Biblical Studies; Christian Thought and Institutions; History of Religions; Islamic Studies; and Judaic Studies. The Ph.D. program at present provides training in Early Judaism, Christian Origins, and Religions of the Late Antique Mediterranean.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

In addition to fulfilling the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies admission requirements, prerequisites for the Ph.D. include an M.A. in Religious Studies or equivalent.

For details on the prerequisites and the graduate regulations (including language prerequisites and requirements), see the Program.

Program Requirements

The Ph.D. program consists of coursework, comprehensive examinations, and a research dissertation. The major requirement for the Ph.D. is completion of a research dissertation meeting the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements.

Master of Arts

Admission Requirements

In addition to fulfilling the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies admission requirements, prerequisites for the M.A. program include a B.A. in religious studies or equivalent.

Entry into the program requires at least 18 credits at the 300 and 400 level in Religious Studies (which may include up to 6 credits at the 300 or 400 level either in the study of Asian religions (ASIA) and/or of a classical language: Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew, Classical Arabic or Latin).

For details on language prerequisites, see the Program.

Program Requirements

The M.A. program requires 24 credits of coursework, the writing of an MA thesis worth 6 credits (CNRS 549), and two comprehensive examinations. The 24 credits of coursework must include CNRS 500, and 18 must be numbered 500 or above (graduate courses), while the remaining 6 may, at the discretion of the program, be at the 300- or 400-level.

Modern Language Requirements

Students are required to demonstrate reading knowledge of an approved modern language (usually French, German or Italian). This requirement must be met before the end of the first year of study. Any courses taken to satisfy this requirement do not count towards the 30 credits required for the program.

Contact Information

Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
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Tel: 604.822.2515
Fax: 604.822.9431
Email: cners.gradsec@ubc.ca
Web: cnrs.arts.ubc.ca
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