• Prof. Michael Fishbane

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. 


Thank you for your interest in the Master of Arts (MA) program at the Divinity School. 

Three central aspects of the program are:

  1. Breadth and Depth. Chicago’s curriculum reflects a historic and ongoing commitment to fostering both breadth and depth in the study of religion. The faculty regards these as complementary and thus to be instilled from the outset of graduate work. The MA requirements balance a commitment to work in each of the committees of the faculty with extended engagement in specific areas of study. 
  2.  In the University.  MA students as a matter of course take Divinity courses with PhD and MDiv colleagues, and they enroll in an array of courses throughout the University, from the extraordinary language sequences (all exceptionally taught) to courses in the humanities and the social sciences, law, medicine, public policy and social service administration. 
  3. The opportunity for discernment.  The MA will develop your scholarly interests and capacities, and it is the Divinity School’s chief source of PhD students. But the School recognizes that all MA courses of study may not lead to the PhD, here or elsewhere, and that a true reckoning of one’s vocation for scholarship does, in some cases, result in a decision to pursue either an academic career in another context or another career entirely. The University’s offices of Career Advancement and Graduate Student Affairs afford excellent support, as does our Director of MA Studies.