DEPARTMENT OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Master of Arts / PhD in Religious Studies

 

UWest’s Religious Studies Department specializes in the study of Buddhism and comparative religion, with a strong emphasis on real-life application. The Religious Studies Department works closely with other departments, particularly Buddhist Chaplaincy and Psychology, providing a bridge between the study of religion—past, present, and future—and the problems of modern life. Our faculty are involved in groundbreaking research projects, including the detailed study of ancient Buddhist texts and the study of Asian religions in the contemporary world.

Through our program, students acquire a deep understanding of the history and cultural impact of religious practices, ideas, outlooks, and concerns. Asian religious traditions, particularly Buddhism, provide the core focus of the program. The department is dedicated to open academic inquiry and religious diversity and committed to fostering an environment that furthers religious understanding between East and West. Students from all religious backgrounds are encouraged to bring their own unique and enriching perspective to the study of religion.

UWest offers two advanced degrees in Religious Studies. The Master of Arts in Religious Studies allows students to gain a critical appreciation and understanding of different facets of religion. The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Religious Studies is an advanced research degree leading to a dissertation, with concentrations in Buddhist Studies or Comparative Religious Studies.

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MASTER OF ARTS

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

 

The Master of Arts in Religious Studies is a two-year, full-time degree program that allows students to gain a critical appreciation and understanding of different facets of religion. More specifically, it seeks to extend a student’s background in Buddhism and Buddhist Studies, with an emphasis on practical applications in the contemporary world.

UWest offers three optional concentrations in its master’s degree program. First, students may specialize in Buddhist Texts & Translation. This concentration equips students with the canonical language skills and methodological approaches to translate and interpret key Buddhist texts. Second, students can select the concentration in Humanistic Buddhism. This emphasis develops and promotes a humanistic and socially aware understanding of the world based on Buddhist wisdom and values. Third, students may pursue the concentration in Mindfulness, Meditation, & Mind. This pathway allows students to explore and investigate the Buddhist foundations of spiritual cultivation within the broader context of contemplative practice.

Students who choose not to select a concentration may develop, in close consultation with a faculty advisor, a course of study of their own design tailored to their own interests and needs. Students may create an emphasis in comparative religions, Chinese religions, South Asian religions, Buddhism and psychology, Buddhism and contemporary culture, Buddhist theology and ministry, or an area central to their particular interests.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

 

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Religious Studies is an advanced research degree leading to a dissertation. Research and writing skills are developed to the level necessary to participate in professional academic discourse. A doctoral degree is awarded on the basis of evidence that the recipient possesses knowledge of a broad field of learning and expert mastery of a particular area of concentration within that field.

UWest offers two concentrations in its doctoral program. First, doctoral students may specialize in Buddhist Studies. This is for advanced research in the comparative study of Buddhism in relation to another religion, or the intensive study of an aspect of Buddhism, leading to a dissertation. Second, a doctoral student may choose Comparative Religions. This is for advanced research in the comparative study of religions.

Progress through the doctoral program is determined by coursework, language requirements, and the successful completion of qualifying examinations and a dissertation. As a means of tailoring the program to the needs and interests of individual students, the number and content of these examinations will be individualized by the doctoral committee. Failing any qualifying examination twice in a row may result in termination of the student’s enrollment in the program.

SCHOLARSHIPS & FINANCIAL AID

 

90% of our students currently receive some form of aid.

 

At UWest, we are committed to providing a high-quality education at a low price. From tuition waivers to scholarships, our dedication to providing exceptional financial aid services starts with your eligibility. As part of our mission to be accessible to students of all backgrounds, we will work together with you and your family to ensure the most affordable and valuable college experience possible.

UWest offers one of the lowest tuition rates of any private University in the nation, one-third the cost of many of the other private schools in Southern California.

DEPARTMENT OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Master of Arts / PhD in Religious Studies

 

UWest’s Religious Studies Department specializes in the study of Buddhism and comparative religion, with a strong emphasis on real-life application. The Religious Studies Department works closely with other departments, particularly Buddhist Chaplaincy and Psychology, providing a bridge between the study of religion—past, present, and future—and the problems of modern life. Our faculty are involved in groundbreaking research projects, including the detailed study of ancient Buddhist texts and the study of Asian religions in the contemporary world.

Through our program, students acquire a deep understanding of the history and cultural impact of religious practices, ideas, outlooks, and concerns. Asian religious traditions, particularly Buddhism, provide the core focus of the program. The department is dedicated to open academic inquiry and religious diversity and committed to fostering an environment that furthers religious understanding between East and West. Students from all religious backgrounds are encouraged to bring their own unique and enriching perspective to the study of religion.

UWest offers two advanced degrees in Religious Studies. The Master of Arts in Religious Studies allows students to gain a critical appreciation and understanding of different facets of religion. The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Religious Studies is an advanced research degree leading to a dissertation, with concentrations in Buddhist Studies or Comparative Religious Studies.

LEARN MORE

Fill out the simple form below to speak with an Admissions Counselor today!

CALL US

(855) 468-9378

MASTER OF ARTS

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

 

The Master of Arts in Religious Studies is a two-year, full-time degree program that allows students to gain a critical appreciation and understanding of different facets of religion. More specifically, it seeks to extend a student’s background in Buddhism and Buddhist Studies, with an emphasis on practical applications in the contemporary world.

UWest offers three optional concentrations in its master’s degree program. First, students may specialize in Buddhist Texts & Translation. This concentration equips students with the canonical language skills and methodological approaches to translate and interpret key Buddhist texts. Second, students can select the concentration in Humanistic Buddhism. This emphasis develops and promotes a humanistic and socially aware understanding of the world based on Buddhist wisdom and values. Third, students may pursue the concentration in Mindfulness, Meditation, & Mind. This pathway allows students to explore and investigate the Buddhist foundations of spiritual cultivation within the broader context of contemplative practice.

Students who choose not to select a concentration may develop, in close consultation with a faculty advisor, a course of study of their own design tailored to their own interests and needs. Students may create an emphasis in comparative religions, Chinese religions, South Asian religions, Buddhism and psychology, Buddhism and contemporary culture, Buddhist theology and ministry, or an area central to their particular interests.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

 

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Religious Studies is an advanced research degree leading to a dissertation. Research and writing skills are developed to the level necessary to participate in professional academic discourse. A doctoral degree is awarded on the basis of evidence that the recipient possesses knowledge of a broad field of learning and expert mastery of a particular area of concentration within that field.

UWest offers two concentrations in its doctoral program. First, doctoral students may specialize in Buddhist Studies. This is for advanced research in the comparative study of Buddhism in relation to another religion, or the intensive study of an aspect of Buddhism, leading to a dissertation. Second, a doctoral student may choose Comparative Religions. This is for advanced research in the comparative study of religions.

Progress through the doctoral program is determined by coursework, language requirements, and the successful completion of qualifying examinations and a dissertation. As a means of tailoring the program to the needs and interests of individual students, the number and content of these examinations will be individualized by the doctoral committee. Failing any qualifying examination twice in a row may result in termination of the student’s enrollment in the program.

SCHOLARSHIPS & FINANCIAL AID

 

90% of our students currently receive some form of aid.

 

At UWest, we are committed to providing a high-quality education at a low price. From tuition waivers to scholarships, our dedication to providing exceptional financial aid services starts with your eligibility. As part of our mission to be accessible to students of all backgrounds, we will work together with you and your family to ensure the most affordable and valuable college experience possible.

UWest offers one of the lowest tuition rates of any private University in the nation, one-third the cost of many of the other private schools in Southern California.