Program Overview

Lenoir-Rhyne University offers a Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies for students who are interested in understanding religion’s societal, global, and personal significance as well as its impact to human history. Students will develop a critical understanding of religions from diverse backgrounds in cultures and begin to comprehend leadership, research, problem solving, and rhetoric as used in religion in order to prepare for roles in critical analysis, education, social programs, the arts, the humanities, and church leadership.

Students will develop their understanding of religion in the context of comparative and critical religious analysis. Those classes include ritual, symbol, and myth, college mathematics, quantitative natural science, qualitative natural science, social and behavioral sciences, approaches to religion, cultural diversity in the U.S., global awareness, historical awareness, the future of religions, comparative mysticism, western religious traditions, Jewish philosophy, Hebrew bible, American religious traditions, Asian religious traditions, Daoism, religions of India, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Japanese religions.

Upon completion of the program, students will possess the necessary educational and professional qualifications for roles in the studies of religions. These qualifications include but are not limited to familiarity with the major concepts, traditions, and history of religions, understanding the cultural impact of religion on society, explaining comparative religion, and understanding human roles in religious studies.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    1. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended.
    2. An official copy of GRE or MAT test scores (unless Career Admission Track applies).
    3. If Career Admission Track, one professional Recommendation [PDF].
    4. Essay clearly articulating goals and life experiences that have impacted your decision to pursue a degree in Language Development and Learning.
    5. Resume or vitae.

    School Overview

    Lenoir-Rhyne University is a four-year, private, liberal arts academy that is located in Hickory, North Carolina. The school was founded in 1891 by four Lutheran pastors. Lenoir-Rhyne University is associated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

    Lenoir-Rhyne University offers bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees. Classes are offered during the daytime, evening, and weekend. The school offers more than 60 different majors in a wide variety of career fields, and many master's degree programs are offered completely online.


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