Specialization in Religious Studies

Philosophy students studying in either the one-year or the two-year MA program have the opportunity to participate in the Specialization in Religious Studies (SRS). Coordinated by the CEU Center for Religious Studies, the SRS awards a non-degree Certificate in Religious Studies, accredited in the US, complementing the Philosophy diploma.

Drawing on the university’s courses and on faculty from a range of departments, the Specialization brings together multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches to the study of religion. SRS students can engage in the study of religious phenomena from Antiquity to the present, from Ancient Greece to modern Europe and the Arab world. Its diverse course offerings cover primarily the Abrahamic religions, over a vast span of time and from cross-disciplinary perspectives. Students within the Specialization are introduced to core concepts and methods in the social sciences and humanities as applied to religious phenomena, provided in contexts especially relevant to today’s conditions.

MA students enrolled in the CEU Department of Philosophy can benefit from this Specialization, which will provide them with advanced knowledge of a subject increasingly in the spotlight – studying in depth the interaction between religion and philosophy both historically and systematically, and exploring the way religion is approached by other disciplines of the humanities and social sciences.

SRS students have been successful in receiving prestigious international scholarships for further study at leading universities such as Chicago, Oxford, Toronto and Yale and other European universities and research centers.

The SRS offers a number of scholarships to qualified students.


Program Structure

Both the one-year and two-year Specializations for Philosophy MA students are based on the structure of the corresponding Philosophy MA programs, with the following modifications:

One-year MA students take 4 credits mandatory SRS courses and 6 credits elective SRS courses. Students can take up to 6 credits from courses not offered by the Department of Philosophy and not cross-listed with it.

Two-year MA students take 4 credits of mandatory SRS courses over their two years of study, and additional 10 credits of elective SRS courses.

SRS students write their thesis on a religion related topic. The student’s supervisor should be a faculty member from the Specialization.

Students participate in the Annual SRS Student Thesis Writing Workshop, and in lectures, special seminars and workshops organised by the Center for Religious Studies.


If you are considering to apply for the Religious Studies Specialization please attach a statement to your application package. For more information, please contact the CEU Department of Philosophy Coordinator, Kriszta Biber, at Biberk@ceu.edu, or the Center for Religious Studies Coordinator, Esther Holbrook, at religion@ceu-budapest.edu.