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Religious Studies

97%
EMPLOYMENT RATE
Within 9 months after graduation
14:1
RATIO
Of students to faculty
100%
OF INCOMING STUDENTS
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Central theological themes and traditions

Reflect on the lived faith experiences of people and communities.

Explore the underpinnings of religion—one of the strongest forces in human experience—with Mount Mercy University’s religious studies degree.

As a major in religious studies, you’ll research Christian theological tradition while solidifying your understanding of social justice issues.

Mount Mercy helped prepare me for my career by catering the classes to what I wanted to do with my degree.

THERESA BARTHEL ’05
Coordinator of Youth Ministry, St. Giles Parish

Curriculum

Employ social teaching and moral theology—in-person or online.

As a Mount Mercy student, you’ll meet amazing people and gain valuable experience through service opportunities. Our close-knit, community-supporting campus family is made up of students, faculty and staff of all faiths—and those of no particular religious faith at all.

Religious studies students are often involved with clubs like Core Campus Fellowship and Peer Ministry which acts as an advisor to Campus Ministry.

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What are the next steps?

Mount Mercy offers competitive tuition and generous scholarships.

We also encourage all students to apply for federal, state, and other kinds of financial assistance.

Learn more about:

We make it easy by accepting applications year-round! No deadline, no fee, no pressure.

  1. Create your application
  2. Apply under standard admissions criteria or go "test optional"
  3. Request official transcripts from all institutions previously attended. Mail to:

* Mount Mercy University Admissions
  1330 Elmhurst Drive NE
  Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402

* If you are applying for an accelerated program, please mail to "Accelerated Programs"

For more detailed instructions on how to apply, see our Admissions page.

Careers in religious studies

Use your degree to pursue an area that fits your needs.

Students majoring in the program are well prepared to pursue many career opportunities inside or outside of the church, or pursue graduate study in a variety of disciplines.

Religious Studies majors find church-related careers as teachers of religion, directors of religious education programs, youth or family-life ministers, directors of volunteers or of social justice activities, liturgical ministers and pastoral associates.

They also may enter law school, study politics, or become journalists or chaplains in campus or hospital settings. Our religious studies program graduates are now working as:

  • Director of Religious Education
  • Associate Director of the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministries
  • Church Rector
  • Pastoral Associate