Religious Studies Concentration

Inquiry into religion as an organizing principle, and frequent source of conflict in society


Religion is an organizing principle within every society and a frequent source of conflict, both in historic times and at present. The MAIS concentration in religious studies is particularly relevant for students who are interested in careers in law, national and international government, print and media journalism, library sciences, archives and museums, public and social service, teaching, advanced graduate studies, religious communities and institutions, and organizations that address conflict and its aftermath. The Washington, D.C., metropolitan area is rich in the presence of many major religious traditions and their places of worship.

Accelerated Master's Programs Overview

Accelerated master’s degree programs are designed for Mason’s highly qualified and highly motivated undergraduates.

  • They provide a streamlined application process with no application fee.
  • They allow students to apply six graduate credits to their undergraduate degrees.
  • Students have the opportunity to take an additional six graduate credits to be held for reserve graduate credit (apply only to the graduate degree).
  • They can start their graduate degrees with up to 12 credits earned while undergraduates.

Students admitted to an accelerated master’s degree program have the opportunity to complete both degrees in a reduced amount of time, and at a reduced cost.