• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
California, MD, United States
The Religion program at California Lutheran University allows students to explore their passions, interests, and ideas in an inclusive, student-centered environment. Students study religion at the intersections of culture, history, politics, ethics, conflict, and peace.
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The religion major engages students through faculty-mentored research, service and experiential learning, and a flexible curriculum, as our students strive to understand the complex role that religion plays in the world today. 

The Religion program at California Lutheran University provides a solid grounding for students to engage with diverse religious traditions both locally and globally. This program supports the liberal arts emphasis of the University and prepares students to understand and negotiate the myriad complexities of religion they will face after graduation, whether they work in business, local government, social services, education, medicine, administration, sales, or the environment.

Students construct their own individualized emphasis that will prepare them for a variety of careers or further study. The major is structured in a way to allow for the potential to double major in Religion and Political Science, Philosophy, Environmental Science, Communication, Sociology, and more. The Religion minor is also a great complement to many Cal Lutheran academic majors. 

Opportunities exist for students to pursue internships, experiential learning, and independent studies, allowing them to explore areas of potential career interest. Students majoring in religion graduate from Cal Lutheran well-prepared for public leadership in diverse religious communities as well as professional studies. 

Your Future

Opportunities exist for students to do internships and independent studies, allowing them to explore areas of potential career interest, and students majoring in religion graduate from Cal Lutheran well-prepared for seminary study. In addition, Lutheran students are eligible for the Associate in Ministry program for lay persons who are certified by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Career paths:

  • Youth Pastor/Minister
  • Director of Youth Ministries
  • Church Programming Assistant
  • Director of Christian Education
  • Development Associate
  • Director of Family & Youth Life

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Religion, Identity and Vocation
  • Intergrative Seminar Vocation & Leadrshp
  • Interfaith Storytelling and Organizing
  • Classical Hebrew 
  • Biblical Greek 
  • Bible in the Ancient World

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • Complete Your Application & Essay
  • Request Recommendation
  • Submit Application Fee
  • Transcripts
  • English Proficiency
  • Optional Interview

Tuition Fee

  • International

    45500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 45500 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    45500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 45500 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for California

  • 1570 - 2660 USD/month
    Living Costs

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