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October 23, 2014
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Religious Studies (PhD)

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Dr. Jason Neelis, Program Coordinator
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The objective of the PhD in religious studies program, offered jointly with the University of Waterloo, is to educate students pursuing careers in post-secondary teaching and research. The courses, examinations, and other requirements will provide them with knowledge necessary for doctoral-level research, writing, and teaching in the field of religious studies. The PhD dissertation requires original research that contributes significantly to knowledge in the humanities and social sciences. The program is structured to provide future scholars with the specialized training required for competing successfully in the academic job market. Graduates of the program should have acquired experience in standard academic activities: conducting independent research, preparing scholarly publications, teaching courses in a field of specialization, and contributing to academic and non-academic communities.

Program Details

Duration of Program
48 months
religious diversity in North America
For more information on the program requirements

Entrance Requirements

 Minimum Standing
MA (or its equivalent) in religious studies or a closely allied field

Application Deadlines

Start Date
Application Due
January 15 for first consideration; applications will be accepted until the program is full.


Eligible students admitted to study on a full-time basis for each year of study are given a competitive funding package.

Guaranteed minimum financial support: $19,000

Such support may be made up of:

  • teaching assistantships,
  • internal and/or external scholarship awards,
  • research assistantships,
  • studentships.

Consult the academic program for further details.


Tuition is charged each term. Miscellaneous fees may be charged where applicable.