The majority of graduate programs are NOT impacted by recent government announcements about tuition increases.

PhD students from the rest of Canada will continue to pay Quebec fees.
International PhD fees will see the same 3% increase as Quebec fees.

Religious Studies (M.A.)

Program Description

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Religious Studies (Thesis) offered by the Department of Religious Studies in the Faculty of Arts is a research-intensive program that emphasizes tailored and intensive learning opportunities. The program's objective is to equip students with skills in critical thinking, literature review, and scientific communication to either continue their studies or pursue professional opportunities.

The program may also be taken as one of the following options:

Bioethics option: combines course work, a bioethics practicum and a Master's thesis on bioethics. Through this option, students develop the conceptual frameworks and tools to address fundamental questions about life and the interventions by healthcare in research, policy and practice. 

Gender and Women's Studies option: is available for those who wish to focus their research on gender-related issues and feminist research and methodologies. Students in this option produce thesis on a topic that significantly engages with issues of gender and/or women and/or feminism

Unique Program Features

  • The School is affiliated with the Montreal Diocesan Theological College of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Presbyterian College Montreal, and the United Theological College of the United Church of Canada;
  • Students receive external and internal funding. Additionally, funding is available for travel for the purposes of research (including archival research or field work) and the dissemination of research (including conference presentations and talks).

University-Level Admission Requirements

  • An eligible Bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA out of a possible 4.0 GPA
  • English-language proficiency

Each program has specific admission requirements including required application documents. Please visit the program website for more details.

Visit our Educational credentials and grade equivalencies and English language proficiency webpages for additional information.

Program Website

MA in Religious Studies website

Department Contact

Graduate Program studaffairs.relg [at] (subject: MA%20in%20Religious%20Studies) (email)

Available Intakes


Application Deadlines

Intake Applications Open Application Deadline - International Application Deadline - Domestic (Canadian, Permanent Resident of Canada)
FALL September 15 January 15 January 15

Note: Application deadlines are subject to change without notice. Please check the application portal for the most up-to-date information.

Application Resources

Application Workshops

Consult our full list of our virtual application-focused workshops on the Events webpage.

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