Master’s Thesis or Portfolio

The culminating requirement in the master's program is a Master's thesis or Master’s portfolio. Each student will write a substantial thesis (60-120 pages) on a single topic or compose a portfolio of three to four shorter academic papers that demonstrates the ability to do independent research, the capacity to advance the bounds of knowledge in religious studies, proficiency in the appropriate linguistic and analytic skills necessary to the student's area of emphasis, and specialized knowledge of the area of emphasis. Should the student choose to submit a portfolio, the papers should reflect a common theme or common area of study. Students may take up to six credit hours of guided research in their preparation of a master's thesis or portfolio.