Religious Studies and Theology

Religious Studies

People interested in religion and its affection to humanity should consider applying for one of the Theology or Religious Studies programs.

religious studies

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.

Program structure

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.

Entry requirements

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.

Career options

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.

Best universities

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.

Study mode:Online Languages: English
Local:$ 5.78 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 14 k / Year(s)
401–500 place StudyQA ranking: 5263
Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Local:$ 9.86 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 20.1 k / Year(s)
30 place StudyQA ranking: 3114
Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Local:$ 8.03 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 18.7 k / Year(s)
Deadline: Jun 30, 2023 StudyQA ranking: 2230
Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Local:$ 9.21 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 17 k / Year(s)
Deadline: Aug 15, 2023 155 place StudyQA ranking: 1987
Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Local:$ 8.03 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 18.7 k / Year(s)
Deadline: Jun 30, 2023 StudyQA ranking: 2290
Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Local:$ 9.86 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 20.1 k / Year(s)
30 place StudyQA ranking: 2090
Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Local:$ 33.6 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 33.6 k / Year(s)
StudyQA ranking: 3787
Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Local:$ 4.45 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 14 k / Year(s)
51 place StudyQA ranking: 1927
Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Local:$ 3.66 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 14 k / Year(s)
StudyQA ranking: 2268
Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Local:$ 5.45 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 14 k / Year(s)
StudyQA ranking: 3431
Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Local:$ 5.45 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 14 k / Year(s)
StudyQA ranking: 3930
Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Local:$ 9.68 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 21.1 k / Year(s)
191 place StudyQA ranking: 2825
Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Local:$ 7.14 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 18.2 k / Year(s)
Deadline: Jun 30, 2023 StudyQA ranking: 1875
Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Local:$ 1.42 k Foreign:$ 1.42 k
Deadline: Jun 15, 2023 StudyQA ranking: 2593
Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Local:$ 5.45 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 14 k / Year(s)
StudyQA ranking: 5045
Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Local:$ 4.92 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 13.4 k / Year(s)
158 place StudyQA ranking: 2303
Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Local:$ 7.14 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 18.2 k / Year(s)
Deadline: Jun 30, 2023 StudyQA ranking: 2459
Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Local:$ 2 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 16.6 k / Year(s)
70 place StudyQA ranking: 1831
Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Local:$ 4.23 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 13.2 k / Year(s)
StudyQA ranking: 1972
Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Local:$ 5.45 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 14 k / Year(s)
StudyQA ranking: 3689
Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Local:$ 4.23 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 13.2 k / Year(s)
StudyQA ranking: 3370
Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Local:$ 5.45 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 14 k / Year(s)
StudyQA ranking: 5120
Study mode: Languages: English
Local:$ 4.23 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 13.2 k / Year(s)
StudyQA ranking: 2490
Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Local:$ 2 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 11.3 k / Year(s)
80 place StudyQA ranking: 1915
Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Local:$ 31 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 31 k / Year(s)
StudyQA ranking: 2076
Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Local:$ 493 / Year(s) Foreign:$ 493 / Year(s)
Deadline: Dec 15, 2022 StudyQA ranking: 2413
Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Local:$ 7 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 29 / Year(s)
31 place StudyQA ranking: 4562
Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Local:$ 63.1 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 63.1 k / Year(s)
Deadline: Dec 6, 2023 2 place StudyQA ranking: 2899
Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Local:$ 69.8 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 69.8 k / Year(s)
Deadline: Dec 15, 2022 170 place StudyQA ranking: 3309
Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Local:$ 11.1 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 24.1 k / Year(s)
Deadline: Jan 20, 2023 1 place StudyQA ranking: 2124
Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Local:$ 9.21 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 17 k / Year(s)
Deadline: Aug 15, 2023 155 place StudyQA ranking: 2151
See all the results

Bachelor Religious Studies and Theology programs

bachelor religious-studies-and-theology programs
Description A highly recognised award from one of the greatest universities in the world Religious beliefs provide a...
The Bachelor of Arts requires the successful completion of 24 subjects 300 points in total with subjects usually wor...
Description Theology examines from an academic perspective the beliefs and practices of various religious traditi...
Description A Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Bridgeport will provide students with the prepa­ration....
The Religion Department offers instruction, from the introductory to the advanced level, in most of the world s major re...
Description Religion is a vital element in human culture, and today religious issues are everywhere – from current af...
Description Graduates of this program are inclined toward professions that include aspects of human services and past...
Description A Joint Honours degree programme involves the study of two subjects to Honours degree level. If you s...
Description The study of philosophy and religion offers a vital contribution to humanistic education. Both fields...
The programme is uniquely represents an integration between Islamic studies and contemporary knowledge. The programmes a...

Master Religious Studies and Theology programs

master religious-studies-and-theology programs
Advertisement How have people from different times, places and cultures understood the sacred, the holy and the super...
This Philosophy and Religion (MARes Distance Learning Programme) is a research degree that can be studied through distan...
Advertisement The course combines taught modules carefully focused on topics on the A level syllabus with a module on...
Advertisement In the light of some of the most recent developments in biblical interpretation, you will consider such...
Advertisement The MA aims to promote reflection on the relationships between faith, humanity, experience, practice, p...
Today, countries of the Middle East and the Islamic world are powerful, active actors on the international stage. Since....
Advertisement This MA aims to be of interest to a wide range of students for example those engaged in the study and p...
Advertisement The core module will explore various different theoretical approaches to religion developed over the la...
Advertisement Monasticism is an important form of the religious quest in many religions. The aim of this MA is to all...
This flexible programme looks at the Christian past from a variety of perspectives – theological, philosophical and hist...

Most Popular Religious Studies and Theology programs

most popular religious-studies-and-theology programs
Advertisement How have people from different times, places and cultures understood the sacred, the holy and the super...
This Philosophy and Religion (MARes Distance Learning Programme) is a research degree that can be studied through distan...
Advertisement The course combines taught modules carefully focused on topics on the A level syllabus with a module on...
Advertisement In the light of some of the most recent developments in biblical interpretation, you will consider such...
Description A highly recognised award from one of the greatest universities in the world Religious beliefs provide a...
The Bachelor of Arts requires the successful completion of 24 subjects 300 points in total with subjects usually wor...
Advertisement The MA aims to promote reflection on the relationships between faith, humanity, experience, practice, p...
Today, countries of the Middle East and the Islamic world are powerful, active actors on the international stage. Since....
Advertisement This MA aims to be of interest to a wide range of students for example those engaged in the study and p...
Advertisement The core module will explore various different theoretical approaches to religion developed over the la...

PhD Religious Studies and Theology programs

phd religious-studies-and-theology programs
The Kroc Institute, a leading center for interdisciplinary peace research and teaching, offers six doctoral degrees. Stu...
The Ph.D. is conferred upon candidates who have demonstrated substantial scholarship and the ability to conduct indepen...
The DPhil in Theology is the Faculty of Theology and Religion s research degree for graduate students in theology and re...
Subject studies include the faith and form, structure and function of religions situated in various periods in history,....
The Divinity Faculty at Cambridge has a distinguished international reputation for research, teaching and for the format...
ART offers training in the study of Asian religions in their historical and cultural contexts. Students are expected to...
Our PhD program provides professional training for a career in the scholarly study of religion, usually through a colleg...
The University of Notre Dame is one of the most important ecumenical centers in North America for advanced study in theo...
Princeton University was a pioneer in developing the study of religion outside the context of theological seminaries and...