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Religious Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Philadelphia, PA, United States
Around the globe, choices motivated by religion affect political campaigns, voting habits and election outcomes. The Religious Studies program from Saint Joseph's University recognizes religion as both a fundamental dimension of human experience and as a practical concern in today’s world.
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Studying religion through the prism of multiple disciplines – history, philosophy, psychology, sociology and political science – provides a broad focus to understand culture and geopolitical events.

The Religious Studies program from Saint Joseph's University encompasses diverse forms of belief and practice in the many contexts in which they are found. As a major, your work will center on one or more non-Christian religions. 

The faculty will engage you in serious and critical study of religious experience, practice, thought and inquiry, both in the historic and contemporary world. Noted experts in their areas of specialization, the faculty are involved in several cross-disciplinary programs. Because the department is relatively small, students can develop close relationships with faculty, who take into account each person’s individual needs and interests.


You are encouraged to seek internships with government agencies, local businesses and non-profits through the Career Development Center. Recent graduates have chosen careers in education, social work, non-profit organizations, or have gone on to law school or graduate school in religion.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • The Hebrew Bible 
  • Jews and Christians: Entwined Histories 
  • Interreligious Dialogue 
  • Jews and Christians: Theologies Compared
  • Jewish Jesus As Savior
  • Comparative Religion 
  • Hebrew Bible 
  • Israelite Religion
  • Judaism 
  • Islam
  • Hinduism

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Official Transcripts for all credits earned, Undergraduate and Graduate
  • Official GMAT or GRE scores, test must be taken within the last 7 years
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Professional Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Application fee of $35.00
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores, test must be taken within the last 2 years
  • Proof of ability to pay educational expenses from a bank and an affidavit of financial support
  • An official course-by-course evaluation of undergraduate and graduate education

Tuition Fee

  • International

    46570 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46570 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    46570 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46570 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Philadelphia

  • 1313 - 2290 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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