In 1974, the Department of Religion at Concordia University established a PhD program in Religion.  Concordia joined forces with the Département de sciences des religions of Université du Québec à Montréal to create a joint doctoral program in 1989.  This partnership allowed for enhanced opportunities for the PhD students of both departments, and a collaboration in developing a strong, bilingual foundation in Québec and Canada for the social-scientific study of religions at an advanced level.  The joint program was further enriched in 2001 by the entrance of a third partner, the Faculté de théologie et de sciences religieuses of Université Laval.  The inclusion of Laval’s professors and students in the areas of the history of religions and the sociology and anthropology of religion has produced an even stronger partnership.  Our joint doctoral program provides a unique framework and a wealth of resources for the study of religion.

Université Concordia

  • Joint doctoral seminar – 6 credits;
  • Comparative Religion and Ethics seminar – 6 credits;
  • Six 3-credit seminars or reading courses;
  • Three comprehensive exams – 15 credits;
  • Thesis – 45 credits;

Université Laval

  • Un séminaire conjoint obligatoire de 6 crédits;
  • Deux séminaires optionnels de 3 crédits chacun;
  • 1 examen de synthèse de 5 crédits;
  • 6 lectures dirigées de 18 crédits au total
  • Problématique de thèse I et II de 5 crédits chacune
  • Une thèse de doctorat de 45 crédits.

Université du Québec à Montréal

  • Un séminaire conjoint de 6 crédits;
  • Deux séminaires de 3 crédits chacun;