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Religion, Culture and Global Justice (MA)

Religion, Culture and Global Justice (MA)

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Our world faces pressing questions of global justice in relation to armed conflict, human migration, economic inequality and environmental change. To understand and address these issues, no single disciplinary perspective suffices. The Master of Arts (MA) in Religion, Culture and Global Justice is an exciting new program that offers you a crucial interdisciplinary space for reflection on how religion intersects with these global issues.

Alongside questions of policy, the program fosters critical analysis of cultural and religious processes as well as their political implications in a globalizing world.

Our faculty, drawn from Laurier’s departments of Religion and Culture and Global Studies, are specialists in disciplines across the social sciences and humanities and conduct research around the world. We bring our diverse knowledge and expertise into the classroom and to our student supervision to foster transformative learning and the spirit of free inquiry.


More information can be found on the International Applicants page.


Contact Us:

Edmund Pries, Graduate Program Coordinator



  • Eligible domestic students admitted to study on a full-time basis are entitled to one year of funding totalling, on average, $14,500. This support may be made up of teaching assistantships, internal/external scholarships, and/or faculty-funded studentships or research assistantships.
  • Winners of major external awards (OGS, QEII and Tri-Council) may be eligible for top-up funding which includes the Dean’s Graduate Scholarship (total value exceeds $10,000). 
  • A list of all funding opportunities available to Laurier graduate students, including information about OGS, QEII and Tri-Council, is available on our graduate funding webpage.

Research Focus

Our faculty have a number of research interests including:

  • study and politics of religion and culture
  • globalization and global justice
  • peace and conflict
  • religion and international development
  • environmental justice and Indigenous peoples


  • A four-year (honours) undergraduate degree (or equivalent).
  • A minimum B average in your fourth year of undergraduate study.
  • Applications are reviewed by the graduate program committee, which considers all prior university grades, statement of research interests, a writing sample and letters of reference.
  • Review any additional requirements/considerations applicable as an international applicant.


The MA in Religion, Culture and Global Justice would be a particularly good fit for candidates who contemplate pursuing further graduate studies (e.g. doctoral studies or professional programs in public policy or social work) or seeking employment in the NGO sector (e.g. nonprofit advocacy and organization: community development, refugee settlement, arts and culture) or education or journalism sectors.

Our graduates have gone on to work in education, research, business and social services. Examples of jobs held by our graduates include:

  • international student application coordinator
  • NGO case worker
  • multiculturalism policy analyst
  • heritage planning specialist
  • immigration program assistant

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