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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.


The interdisciplinary nature of the Master of Arts (MA) in Religion, Culture and Global Justice program prepares you to move into professional arenas within and outside of academia, such as:

  • International relations and public policy;
  • Interreligious dialogue and peace-building;
  • Refugee and migrant resettlement;
  • Institutional human rights and diversity policy;
  • Journalism and communications; and
  • Programming on multiculturalism and community development.

We encourage you to interrogate conventions and develop new modes of ethical engagement. In doing so, we seek to cultivate the critical skills and the knowledge that you need to succeed both within and beyond the university.

We also offer a PhD in Religious Studies.

Program Options

Coursework Option

The MA in Religion, Culture and Global Justice is normally completed as a full-time, one-year, course-work-based program.

The coursework option requires completion of a core theory course, a colloquium requirement, 2.0 credits in elective courses, and a major research project.

The colloquium requirement can be completed in numerous ways, including professionalization workshops, teaching practicum, organizing a student conference, or a volunteer mini-internship with an (approved) organization.

For students who seek a more applied approach to their studies, the opportunity to pursue a 3-4 month internship as part of their coursework option (thereby extending the degree by one semester) will be available for the first time in 2019/20. Please consult the graduate coordinator for more details.

Thesis Option

A full-time, two-year, thesis-based option is available for those who wish to pursue a topic in greater depth. In the thesis option (in place of the major research project), you will complete a thesis proposal by the end of your first year, and in your second year complete a thesis and an oral defence.

Note that internal funding is typically only available for the first year; students thinking of completing the two-year thesis option should have alternate funding (e.g. hold an external scholarship such as SSHRC or have assured research assistantship funding from their supervisor) for their second year.

Contact Us:

Ali Zaidi, Graduate Coordinator

E: RCGJadvisor@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x3698

General Inquiries

E: mmorrison@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x3330

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