The MA in Religion and Public Life focuses on the study of social and political aspects of religion from the comparative, historical and contemporary perspectives. The study of both religions and public life will be approached from domestic and international vantage points. As such, while the degree focuses on religion, it has an inherent interdisciplinary approach to this topic.

Capital Advantage

Faculty and two affiliated research centres, The Max and Tessie Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies and the Carleton University Centre for the Study of Islam, work closely with the national capital’s religious communities, building relationships that extend around the world.  Long-term collaborations with diplomatic missions and non-government institutions in the capital provide unique opportunities for research educational partnerships and career options.

This degree is a springboard for pursuing or advancing careers in public policy, community and cultural organizations and public service.

Faculty Research Highlights

  • Deidre Butler. Voicing a New Midrash: Post-Holocaust Jewish Feminist Response
  • James Casteel. Between Germany and Russia: Jewish Identities and Diasporic Encounters in the Twentieth Century
  • Zeba Crook. Memory, Historiography, and the Historical Jesus
  • Richard Mann. India’s ‘new’ middle class and religious change
  • Mohammed Rustom. The Triumph of Mercy: Philosophy and Scripture in Mulla Sadra
  • Johannes Wolfart. Salvation by Disgrace: Confessional Historiographies and the Counterfactual ad hominem.

Program Information

Length: 1 year

Entry Terms:

Fall Application Deadline: March 1

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Contact: Graduate Supervisor – Professor Johannes Wolfart

Experiential Learning: Fieldwork

Pathway Options:

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