• MA student Chime Lama.
  • MA cohorts meet at our annual Orientation
  • PhD student Sara-Jo Swiatek (MA'14)
  • Professor Richard A. Rosengarten meets with MA student Amanda Leary.

Master of Arts Programs

At the Divinity School we relish a community culture of intense engagement with traditions, languages ancient and modern, theories, methods, and constructive projects. Critically and self critically, whether your career path leads to the public sector, to religious leadership, to non-profit work or to the professoriate, here you can focus your course of study to gain a keener understanding of Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Christianity and other religious traditions, rituals and communities of the past and present. 


We are delighted and excited that you are considering joining us on this scholarly journey of rigorous intellectual conversation at the Divinity School. 

Through close reading of texts, students become part of a way of life of debating and defending one's claims and arguments as public discourse. Through critical engagement of traditions, one begins to craft her or his own emerging scholarly voice. We are known for and enjoy challenging each other in faculty and student discussions, whether in an introductory course or in smaller seminar spaces.

Many of our MA graduates pursue the PhD degree. However, because some students will follow their passions into other exciting careers, the MA degree at the Divinity School provides a strong foundation for a variety of other future possibilities, including public policy, law, foreign service, business, and journalism.  In short, we foster constructive thinking, persuasive writing, clear articulation, and discernment of the next steps in one's professional plans.

For more information about the MA Studies Degree Program at the Divinity School, contact us at:

Richard A. Rosengarten, Director of MA Studies


Teresa Hord Owens, Dean of Students




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Hear current MA student Marcella Wilkinson talk about interdiscipinarity, intersectionality, and the multiple hats she wears while studying at the Divinity School.