You will gain sound knowledge and professional skills in the discipline of religious studies, as well as in the broader context of related disciplines in the humanities. You may choose one of these areas to emphasize:
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Your foundation of skills will help you work in vocations where you need to negotiate among various religious faiths and ideologies. You will also gain a perspective that helps you have greater understanding and respect for individual differences in religion.
Our program also offers exceptional preparation for doctoral studies or seminary, as well as for professional careers in fields such as counseling, non-profits, publishing, and law.
In addition, MSU’s graduate religious studies programs offer the following:
Three of our Religious Studies M.A. Students have been awarded the "Distinguished Thesis Award" by the MSU Graduate Council for distinguished scholarship at the master's level.
Each year the Missouri State University Distinguished Thesis Award is awarded to one thesis selected from those produced by the over seventy Master's program across the University. Since 2005, the annual award has gone to three theses from Religious Studies:
2012-2013, Matthew Hartman (advisor, Dr. Julia Watts Belser), BETWEEN OTHERS, BETWEEN ETHICS: RESISTING DOMINATION THROUGH POSTCOLONIALISM, ENVIRONMENTALISM, AND ECOCRITICISM
2011-2012, Linda Covey (advisor, Dr. Martha Finch), DINÉ BECOMING BAHA’Í: THROUGH THE LENS OF ANCIENT PROPHECIES
2007-2008, David Rice (advisor, Dr. Martha Finch), HOW THE MISSOURI BAPTIST CONVENTION SHIFTED THEIR IDENTITY TO THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION’S NEW HEGEMONY
2004-2005, Brian Doak (advisor, Dr. Victor Matthews), PATRIARCH AS TRICKSTER: THE SOCIAL AND LITERARY FUNCTION OF THE JACOB CYCLE IN GENESIS 25-33
Visit the Graduate College Distinguished Thesis Award webpage for more information.