Master's Degree Religion-Economics-Politics

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The Joint-Degree Master's program Religion-Economics-Politics analyzes the points of interaction between religion, economy and politics in an interdisciplinary way. It picks up pressing social issues around religion on a local, international and global scale.

In this program students deepen their knowledge on connections between religion, economy and politics from different scientific perspectives.
Fundamental debates, theories and methods of political, economic or religious studies, as well as Christian theology are solidified and critically reflected. An interdisciplinary perspective is developed and applied to an individual master's thesis.

The graduates of the degree program acquire basic knowledge and skills to address the challenges of a global economy, transnational politics and a growing religious and cultural pluralism. The acquired competences enable them to work in academia, international committees, NGOs, national institutions, consulting, as well as in private, ecclesial or other religious organizations.

The master's degree is offered by the University of Basel, Lucerne and Zurich and the title Master of Arts in Religion-Economics-Politics is awarded by them communally.

The master's degree is designed for four semesters as a Joint Degree-Master's program at the Universities of Basel. Lucerne and Zurich. It requires 120 creditpoints. The program starts in the fall semester with a location overlapping, introductory semester program at one of the three universities. Enrollment is however possible in the spring semester as well. During the program you will take courses at all three locations and profit from the competence and research oriented focus of multiple universities. Teaching and research at the University of Basel focusses mainly on religion and economics. That includes research on the influence of religion on economic development, the role of religion in economical ethics and the application of economic models on religion. Specific areas can be solidified in order to develop an individual profile.



The graduates acquire the basic knowledge and ability to analyze the challenges of a global economy, transnational politics and a growing religious and cultural pluralism. The Master's degree Religion-Economics-Politics conveys the following inter-disciplinary competences:

  • Noticing and describing "religion" as a factor in the analysis of current social developments.
  • Analyzing, explaining and evaluating the dynamics between religion, economics and politics in a systematic and theory-based way, in order to understand their social significance.

The Master's degree further conveys the following general competences:

  • The ability to develop an original scientific question and to apply it with solid methodology, especially in the crucial master's thesis.
  • The ability to research new phenomena in the field efficiently and effectively and to evaluate them in regards to basic ethical issues of society in an objective and normative way.
  • Communication and team skills.
  • Written and oral presentation techniques.
  • Knowledge of theory, subject and methodology of the disciplines involved.

Career perspectives
Graduates of the Master's Religion-Economics-Politics are enabled go understand the connection between religion, economics and politics in an analytic way. They are thus equipped to pick up the challenges of a global economy, complex politics and a growing religious and cultural pluralism and to actively develop solutions. The acquired competence enables to work in economy, consulting and management, international organizations, NGOs, state institutions, media, parties, associations, as well as ecclesial and other religious organizations.
The alumni of the Master's degree Religion-Economics-Politics work in the following areas:

  • journalism (print, radio, television, new media, agencies)
  • local government and administration (departments of integration, diversity management and educationchurches, religious communities and organizations
  • NGOs (development aid)
  • parties and associations
  • political, state and administrative areas on a national level
  • field offices in companies (public relations, Corporate Social Responsibility)
  • Teaching and Research at Universities and research institutions.

At our annual alumni evening students get the opportunity to inquire about former students' careers and to network.


A Bachelor's (or an equivalent) degree in religious studies, theology, political or economic sciences is required. Graduates in other fields can be admitted on the basis of individual clarifications.

The admissions deadline for a Master's program in Basel is April 30st every year for the following fall semester and November 30st for the following spring semester. Late admissions are possible until the 31st of July for the following fall semester. The University's office for Student Services is willing to provide further guidance.
For further information see Application & Admission

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