• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
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Overview

Throughout history, religious traditions have been a strong motivating force, fueling efforts towards social justice, peace, and human rights, as well as conflict, violence and oppression.

What to Expect

As a religious studies major, you will explore the many roles religion has played and continues to play both in society and in individual people's lives. Whether it is Zen monks, ancient Christian martyrs, Muslim and Jewish women, Hindu saints or Chinese philosophers, our courses introduce you to people and phenomena from all over the world. Learning about religion provides an opportunity to explore different cultures and develop a more global perspective.

Some graduates also go on to receive their Master of Divinity and Doctor of Divinity in theology or pastoral ministry, but there is great need for those who understand the complex meanings of religion in global contexts across many fields.

Careers

A major in Religious Studies at the University of South Carolina can prepare you for careers in:

  • pastoral ministry
  • college teaching
  • mission work
  • business administration
  • social work

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: 

  • Introduction to Religious Studies
  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Introduction to Islam
  • African-American Religious Experience
  • Faith, Doubt and God
  • Literature and Film of the Holocaust
  • Religions of South Asia
  • Origins of Western Morality

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    50

    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:

    4.5

    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.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Fill out the University's application form completely.
  • There is a $100 non-refundable application fee for international students. Access our online application to begin.
  • Submit your official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic Test scores.
  • Submit all official (or attested) high school transcripts.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    33523 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33523 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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33,523 - 37,740 USD

Living costs for Columbia

  • 999 - 1510 USD/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

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