Master of Arts - Online


Master of arts - online

The Master of Arts in comparative religion at Western Michigan University is designed to provide students with a strong foundation of knowledge of at least two religious traditions, the principal classical works in the field of comparative religion, and the central issues of theory and method that underlie the discipline of the study of religion. The online MA allows students to complete the MA virtually through a combination of asynchronous online classes and through virtual participation in synchronous classes.

Students who complete the MA go on to further graduate level work (including law school, medical school, and Ph.D. programs), to jobs in academia (teaching, advising, libraries), and to work in non-profits and non-governmental organizations.



WMU has a new online graduate application system that allows all students (domestic and international) to submit required information into one system. General application information for the University, as well as specific requirement for individual programs, are captured into this system.

The Department of Comparative Religion requires applicants to include some program-specific information. Applicants are encouraged to bookmark this information for quick reference while working through the graduate application process.


Thank you for your interest in applying for this graduate program.


Our faculty are involved in a variety of research areas and regularly publish books and articles.


Financial assistance in the form of graduate assistantships is available on a competitive basis. The department may also award graduate scholarships.

The Graduate College offers Graduate college Fellowships, available on a competitive basis, as well as Thurgood Marshall Assistantships, available on a competitive basis for students from minority groups. Contact the Graduate College at (269) 387-8212.

Information about student loans and other federal, state, and University need-based financial aid programs may be obtained from Financial Aid at (269) 387-6000.


Information about on-campus housing may be obtained from Residence Life at (269) 387-4735.