The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Religion provides a credential for students with undergraduate degrees in other fields who want to acquire intensive training in the academic discipline of Religious Studies.
It is chiefly designed for students wishing to pursue the MA program in Religion and Public Life, but who typically have completed an undergraduate degree in another field with a minimum B average or higher (8.0 GPA on the 12.0 Carleton scale), and/or require grounding in the theories and methods particular to Religious Studies as an academic discipline. Such students are required to complete the Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Religion prior to their formal admission into our MA and Religion and Public Life program.
The program structure for The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Religion (4.0 credits) is as follows:
- 1.0 credits in Theory and Method:
- RELI 3741 (0.5) and
- RELI 4741 (0.5)
- 1.0 credits in Tradition and Contexts:
- 0.5 credit in: Judaism RELI 2110, Christianity RELI 2200, or Islam RELI 2310, or Indigenous Traditions RELI 2800
- 0.5 credit in: Hinduism RELI 2510, Buddhism RELI 2410, or Religions of China RELI 2600, or Indigenous Traditions RELI 2800
- 1.0 credits in RELI at the 3000-level or above
- 1.0 credits in RELI at the 4000-level.
Please note: Requests for alternative course choices may be granted at the discretion of the Religion Program Undergraduate Supervisor. In addition, 0.5 credit of coursework may be taken outside the department, subject to the approval of the Religion Program Graduate Supervisor.
Our diploma has the following requirements:
Admission to this program requires the permission of the Religion program. Normally, students are required to have completed an undergraduate degree with a minimum B average or higher to be admitted. Applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Students who complete the post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Religion are eligible to apply to the MA program. However, completion of the diploma does not guarantee admission into the program.