United Theological Seminary

MA in Interreligious Studies

The MA in Interreligious Studies degree program will prepare you to be able to examine contemporary issues through critical yet appreciative engagement with the texts and theological/philosophical perspectives of multiple religious traditions. Graduates of this program can pursue doctorates in religious studies with a focus on interreligious issues.

This program may be a good fit for you if you are interested in pursuing a career as a:

  • Professor in a seminary, divinity school, or college
  • Religion or theology teacher in a private school or church
  • Public theologian (i.e., a theologian whose primary audience is the society or wider culture)
  • Leader of an interreligious-oriented ministry or organization



In addition to achieving the core MA degree learning outcomes, a graduate of the Interreligious Studies program will be able to:

  • Think across religious paradigms by exhibiting engagement with different religious vocabularies and ideas, aiding one’s abilities in an interreligious context.
  • Construct a theory of religion and articulate the ways in which it shapes one’s religious and theological commitments and/or practice of ministry.
  • Articulate an in-depth understanding of the theological/philosophical and historical distinctiveness of select religious traditions
  • Apply methodological and hermeneutical tools of interpretation to a diverse selection of religious texts.


United’s MA at a Glance

  • 36 credits
  • Eleven 3-credit courses plus a 3-credit thesis, or ten 3-credit courses plus a 6-credit thesis
  • Can be completed in two years if you take a full-time course load (24 credits per year) and complete your thesis in approximately one trimester
  • All MA concentrations can be completed entirely via distance learning

Program Course Guide Sheet for Academic Year 2023–2024

Religious Texts 2
RT1001 Introduction to Religious Texts
One 2000-level Religious texts course
Theological Tradition 2
Invitation to Theology: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty
Choose one:
History of Christian Theologies
History of Modern Theologies
Unitarian and Universalist Theologies
Ethics/Justice 2
Comparative Religious Ethics
Choose one:
Queer and Trans Theologies
Black and Womanist Theologies
Academic Contextualization 5
World Religions
Choose one:
What is Religion?
Theologies of Religion and Interfaith Practices
Choose two:
Buddhist Scriptures
Introduction to the Qur’an
Hebrew Bible
New Testament
Choose one:
Global Christianities
Islam: History and Theology
Modern Jewish Theology
Contemporary Paganism
Academic Skills 1 MA Thesis

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