DEPARTMENT OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Earn a Master of Arts 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.

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PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

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 may 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.

Knowledge

Students summarize and explain different facets of religion and religious life and identify appropriate frameworks and methodologies germane to the study of religion.

Character

Students understand and uphold the ethical standards of academic research and writing.

Critical Thinking

Students think critically about specific religious traditions and about the academic study of religion in general.

Communication

Students engage in scholarly writing and presentation.

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

Earn a Master of Arts 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.

LEARN MORE

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

CALL US

(855) 468-9378

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

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 may 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.

Knowledge

Students summarize and explain different facets of religion and religious life and identify appropriate frameworks and methodologies germane to the study of religion.

Character

Students understand and uphold the ethical standards of academic research and writing.

Critical Thinking

Students think critically about specific religious traditions and about the academic study of religion in general.

Communication

Students engage in scholarly writing and presentation.

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.