The community of graduate scholars in this Religious Studies Ph.D. program from McGill University is engaged in a broad spectrum of critical research involving any number of interdisciplinary approaches conducted on a number of different religious traditions.
The faculty members are committed to the training of teaching scholars, making the School of Religious Studies one of few schools that prioritizes offering graduate students opportunities under faculty supervision to teach/lecture during their time in the program.
A thesis for the doctoral degree must constitute original scholarship and must be a distinct contribution to knowledge. It must show familiarity with previous work in the field and must demonstrate ability to plan and carry out research, organize results, and defend the approach and conclusions in a scholarly manner.
The research presented must meet current standards of the discipline; as well, the thesis must clearly demonstrate how the research advances knowledge in the field. Finally, the thesis must be written in compliance with norms for academic and scholarly expression and for publication in the public domain.
- Major Comprehensive Examination
- Minor Comprehensive Examination
- Oral Comprehensive Examination
- 48 months
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DisciplinesArea & Cultural Studies Religious Studies & Theology Christian Studies View 9 other PhDs in Area & Cultural Studies in Canada
- Entry into the doctoral program is limited to applicants who have earned an academic master's degree in Religious Studies or Theology in a recognized graduate program, or those who have finished the course requirements of such a program with a minimum CGPA of 3.5/4.0.
- Applicants for doctoral programs are requested to submit a substantial sample of their scholarly writing (15–20 pages) with their application. The application should specify one of the specializations listed in About Religious Studies.
- For graduate applicants whose mother tongue is not English, and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized Canadian or American (English or French) institution or from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction, documented proof of English proficiency is required prior to admission.
- Personal Statement – approximately 500 words
- Written Work – recent academic writing
International16750 CAD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 8375 CAD per semester during 48 months.
National2726 CAD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 1363 CAD per semester during 48 months.
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