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    Dekan of the faculty Religious Studies
    Professor Elfe Ulrike Baumgartner
  • Master of Religious Studies

    Master of Religious Science

    Faculty Religious Studies
    Institute Comparative Religious Studies
    The comparative study of religions belongs to the humanities and cultural studies that are examined in more detail in the Master’s program. It is concerned with researching the various world religions, religious communities, worldviews, and ideologies in their social and cultural contexts and comparing them on an empirical and historical basis in relation to the present. It deals with the questions of the legitimacy of religion in our society, the basic patterns of individual religions, as well as the interaction between them.

    Description of the Masters

    The Master’s program in comparative religious studies imparts expanding knowledge about different religions and their cultural and social communication systems in their respective social and cultural contexts, independent of ideological theologies. Students also explore forms of religious identity formation according to empirical and interdisciplinary disciplines. Cross-disciplinary subjects such as sociology, psychology, politics, ethics, and philosophy are among a few subjects that complement and supplement a student’s studies and help them better understand and synthesize contexts empirically as well as scientifically.
    By choosing the program at Yushin-Ryu University students can obtain the advanced Master’s degree during 3 semesters (1.5 years) with a total of 340 ECTS. This will facilitate a doctoral degree in which students only need to add 1.5 years.


    During the Master’s program, students receive the broadening tools to explore and compare religions empirically, historically, scientifically, and systematically. It addresses common world religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism), religious communities, and various worldviews and ideologies. Following successful completion of the Master’s program, students will have the ability to examine and compare questions in an analytical and comparative manner regarding the functions of religion in contemporary times, basic patterns and behaviors of religious change, and interactions between different religions. Graduates are proficient in dealing with the various forms of religious identity formation. Throughout the program of study, students explore the complex social interrelationships between religion, culture, and society, investigating how religious ideas, actions, and thoughts of groups and individuals shape our collective experience.

    The Study Program in Brief

    Tuition fees amount to CHF 3,250 for the entire Master’s program, including enrollment fees. In addition, there are costs for the teaching materials, which vary depending on the subject, and travel to the oral and written final examination in your area.

    Students who have successfully completed their schooling are generally eligible for admission to our distance learning university. Depending on the course of study, additional prerequisites can be defined; this is evident in the detailed study information and during registration. An equivalency procedure can be applied in case of a missing degree. There will be a written exam after each module (semester). In order to enter the next higher module, the initial examination must be successfully passed (propaedeutic).
    The Master’s programs are only open to students with a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Those with an equivalent degree are asked to send their documents to the Rector’s Office by mail or by post.

    The length of study depends on the desired workload and the payment made. We will be happy to create a personal study plan for you.


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