Within the Graduate School (GRS) at Boston University (BU), the Division of Religious and Theological Studies (DRTS) offers MA and PhD programs in four tracks. PhD and MA information can be obtained from DRTS, 145 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215; 617/353-2636. Admission forms are available through GRS here. You can see the Graduate School Bulletin (including links to application forms) online. You may request a printed copy of the bulletin/application by contacting the Graduate School Office at 617/353-2696.
Boston University's School of Theology offers the PhD in Practical Theology and the ThD and several masters degrees in a variety of specializations, including ThD major and minor specializations in theology and ethics.
The PhD and MA degrees offered by DRTS are academic degrees.
This program guides students to develop skills in analytic thought and expertise in one of the following disciplines: philosophy of religion, systematic theology, comparative religious thought, and religious ethics. Specialized research programs within this track include: (i) historical study of religious thought in one of these disciplines, (ii) constructive development of interpretations of religious subject matters within the domain of religious ideas, and (iii) the interdisciplinary study of religious thought in relation to cognate fields in the humanities, literary studies, fine arts, and social sciences.
Students entering the Religious Thought track should show transcript evidence of knowledge of the religious thought of at least two distinct traditions. Students should also demonstrate a strong background in one or more of the following areas: philosophy, theology, or ethics. Further background in the humanities, literary studies, fine arts, social sciences, or natural sciences is strongly encouraged, and required where relevant to a student’s proposed program of research.
For more information, see Track II: Religious Thought.
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