Thank you for your interest in the PhD program and the Master of Arts program in Religious Studies (REL ST) in the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies. Our on-line application portal will open on October 18 to accept applications for the following academic year. Please note that effective September 1, 2004 the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) charges a $100 application fee.
Information and regulations for applications can be found on the Prospective Students page of the FGSR website. Students will find information on this website about the application process, both the Canadian and International Admissions Protocols, and Tuition and Cost of Living Estimates.
The deadline to apply for the Religious Studies PhD and MA programs is March 1.
It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all documents are uploaded on time. To meet respective deadlines, we strongly encourage you to have all of your documents ready to upload at the time that you access your on-line application. No action will be taken on applications until all documents have been uploaded and the application fee ($100 Cdn) has been paid.
For assistance with your graduate application process please contact our Graduate Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 780-492-4802.
The Program in Religious Studies and related faculty members currently have research strength to supervise graduate-level study in many topics. Areas of particular strength include:
- Ancient and medieval Hinduism; yoga and medical traditions in India
- Islam (Medieval Islam; Islamic law; contemporary Islamic politics; contemporary Muslim cultures of northern and eastern Africa)
- East Asian Buddhism, Japanese Buddhism
- Christianity in medieval and early modern Europe
- Christian missions in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
- Religion in Tsarist Russia
- New religious movements
- Religion and the arts
Ethics Training Requirements
Ethics and academic integrity training is mandatory for all newly-admitted U of A graduate students who started their degree program on or after September 1, 2004. For information about the requirements, see the FGSR website.
Graduate Program Manual
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