University of Toronto


The Graduate Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto is a unique institution for the pursuit of graduate studies. A multidisciplinary organization, the Department combines the resources of an extensive network of cross-appointed affiliations with faculty colleagues whose primary research and teaching interests address religious phenomena, and who are drawn from a variety of departments and programs in the humanities, social sciences, and law. The Department thus consolidates the vast curricular and faculty resources for the study of religion that are distributed across disciplines throughout the university, making it the largest and most comprehensive graduate program in this field within Canada, and one of the largest and most diverse such programs internationally.

Current faculty membership in the Department includes over 100 professors, ranging from scholars trained in a variety of specializations within religious studies, to sociologists and anthropologists of religion, historians, philosophers, psychologists of religion, and legal scholars. Sustained by such a broad representation of disciplinary and area expertise, the Department is able to facilitate graduate learning and research in a manner that conjoins scholarly depth with scholarly breadth, and encourages the creative possibilities that attend the critical, mutually-informing encounter of diverse theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches.

Since its inception in 1976, the Department has awarded more than 110 doctoral degrees and some 180 master’s degrees. The Department belongs to the Division of Humanities within the School of Graduate Studies, which governs and administers graduate programs in some seventy-five departments, centres, and institutes within the University of Toronto.

The Department is situated in the downtown area of the city of Toronto, within a metropolitan region that includes one of the most culturally and religiously diverse populations in North America. Our faculty and graduate students also teach at the campuses of the University of Toronto at Mississauga (UTM) and the University of Toronto at Scarborough (UTSC). The greater Toronto area offers ready contact with the communities and institutions of a large number of the religious traditions in the world.

The University of Toronto, with a population of some 74,000 students and a teaching staff of roughly 2,000 faculty, is the largest and most comprehensive institution of higher education in Canada. In international rankings of academic excellence and research performance, U of T consistently places among the top universities in the world.

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