Religious Studies Courses in India


Every religion teaches the appropriate way of life style, the good and bad. It is very important to understand the roots of one’s religion, and if possible other religions. With this notion, many universities and colleges crafted programs in the discipline that these courses not only help to attain knowledge of the religion but also about the culture and civilization of the religion.

Courses offered and the eligibility criteria:

  • Post Graduate Certificate in the Study of Bhagawad Gita
  • Diploma in Imams: Passing in 10+2 or equivalent
  • Diploma in Sri Mad Bhagawath Puran: Passing in 10+2 or equivalent
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Buddist Studies: Graduation or equivalent
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Comparative Study of World Religions and Spirituality: Graduation or equivalent
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Eastern and Indian Christian Spirituality: Graduation or equivalent
  • B.A. (Theology and Religious Studies): Passing in 10+2 or equivalent
  • B.A. (Islamic Studies): passing in 10+2 or equivalent
  • B.A. (Christian Studies): Passing in 10+2 or equivalent
  • M.A. in Hindu Studies: graduation from a recognized university or equivalent
  • M.A. in Buddhist studies: graduation from a recognized university or equivalent
  • M.A. in Jain Studies: graduation from a recognized university or equivalent
  • M.A. Comparative Religion: graduation from a recognized university or equivalent
  • M.A. Cultural Studies: graduation from a recognized university or equivalent
  • M.A. (Hons.) Religious Studies: graduation from a recognized university or equivalent
  • M.A. (Islamic Studies): graduation from a recognized university or equivalent
  • M.A.(Christian Studies): graduation from a recognized university or equivalent
  • M.A. Religious Studies: graduation from a recognized university or equivalent
  • Master of Religious Education(M.R.E.): graduation from a recognized university or equivalent
  • M.phil. (Guru Granth Sahib Studies): Master’s Degree in any of the disciplines of Religious studies, Philosophy, Punjabi, History and Sikh studies from a recognized university with 55%
  • M.Phil.(Religious Studies): Master’s degree in Religious Studies or equivalent
  • Ph.D. (Religious Studies): Master’s Degree in Religious Studies
  • Ph.D. (Islamic Studies): Master’s degree in Islamic Studies
  • Ph.D. (Indian Philosophy and Religion): Master’s Degree in relevant subject
  • Ph.D.(Cristian Studies): Master’s Degree in Christian Studies

Few of the courses are offered in distance mode also.

Career and pay prospect:

One may work in missionaries, schools, colleges, holy places like temples, mosques and churches, administrative offices of temples, mosques or churches, charity management, tourism companies, publishing houses, holy organizations etc.

  • Teacher/ Lecturer/ Professor
  • Preacher
  • Article writer/ journalist/ columnist/Editor
  • Translator
  • Tourist Guide
  • Regional and Urban Planner

The master degree and qualifying National Eligibility Test (NET) allows one to be a lecture in respective subject. The higher study like Ph.D. is the eligibility for being professor. The payment is equal to any other subject. The minimum pay to a lecturer is Rs.10000/- and above. The opportunities are found in both government and non government organizations.

One can be either a preacher in holy places or an individual preacher who roam and preach. One can earn minimum Rs. 5000/- per month.

One can be writer/journalist/columnist/Editor of any of the religious magazines or new papers. Translating the holy books, working in tourist companies are the other options of employment.

The religious studies offer philosophy, culture and ethical values as well as prosperous career.

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