People interested in religion and its affection to humanity should consider applying for one of the Theology or Religious Studies programs.
Theology or Religious Studies?
Religious studies is a scientific discipline which subject is religion as a phenomenon. Religious studies is ideologically neutral and do not aim to prove the truth or falsity of a particular religion.
Theology is the systematic exposition and clarification of the doctrine of a particular religion. Theologian considers dogmas of their religion as true, and dogmas of the other religions - as false. Thus, the approaches of a religious scholar and a theologian are opposite.
Therefore adherents of any religions usually apply for theology, and atheists apply for religious studies programs.
The length of the study program and its structure depends on the chosen institution. Usually the first year is dedicated to introduction in theology and religious studies and during the following years students choose the specialization and study modules.
Minimum entry requirements will depend on the chosen institution and country. Usually there aren’t any specific requirements for applicants for Theology or Religious Studies programs, but sometimes universities require history or religious essays. High results of GPA are often required. Applicants should speak English fluently, as all programs you can find in our website are taught in English.
Applicants for Masters programs should hold a Bachelors degree in relevant area.
Visa requirements depend on the chosen country.
Graduates from Theology and Religious Studies programs get various career opportunities They can start a career path in law, education, publishing and other fields. The main skills developed during the study period include empathy and diplomacy, analytical thinking and strong written communication, these skills will be very useful in such areas as journalism, social work, youth work and charity.
Graduate can also find a job in various religious organisations.
PhD graduates can also start research and teaching career in different institutions.
The world leading university hosting Theology and Religious Studies programs is Harvard University. It provide a wide range of study programs, including ancient Zoroastrian tradition, Christian liberation movements, Islamic and Jewish religion, Buddhism, and Hindu. Bachelors, Masters and PhD programs are available, but admission to Harvard university is very competitive.
Other universities hosting world best Theology and Religious Studies programs are: University of Oxford, Durham University, University of Cambridge, Boston College, Yale University, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Duke University, KU Leuven, Princeton University, university of Toronto. Most of these universities are located in USA. The information about applying to universities of USA can be found on our website here.
Some of these universities provide scholarships for excellent students applying for Theology and Religious Studies programs. Visit the websites of your chosen university to find more information.