The Department of Religious Studies offers graduate work in seven study areas, in three fields
- East Asian Religions
- Early Judaism
- Early Christianity
- Religion and Politics
- Religion and the Social Sciences
- Western Religious Thought
There are currently about 50 graduate students enrolled in the department, and 14 professors active in graduate supervision.
Of the more than 40 students who have received the PhD since 1996, approximately 60% have moved on to hold full-time academic positions, and another 20% to part-time teaching.
Financial support from the university is available to full-time students on a competitive basis. The "Plan for Graduate Education at McMaster" sets a minimum guaranteed funding for doctoral students (currently $17,500 a year for four years). In addition McMaster's Department of Religious Studies offers numerous scholarships, teaching assistantships, external awards, travel scholarships and bursaries.
Graduate Student Life
Life in the department, on campus, in the city
When we think of graduate school, we think of seminars, conducting research, sitting for exams, and writing a thesis or dissertation. Scholarly activities are only part of the total experience of being a grad student. See what McMaster University and the City of Hamilton have to offer.
No one can tell you more about what it’s like at McMaster University in Hamilton, than the people who matter most to us—our students. Read what they have to say about their experience in the Religious Studies Department at McMaster and see where their education has taken them.