Religious Studies

The Graduate Program in Religious Studies offers a comprehensive curriculum of advanced study and research, from the Master's to the Doctorate degree, in the subject of religion. Through its association with PSL’s Laboratory for the Study of Monotheistic Faiths (LEM) and Society, Religion, Secularism Group (GSRL), the graduate program offers a Master’s degree of its own, and also hosts students from six tracks of three other Master’s degree programs, in all of which research plays a central role. Students may also choose elective courses designed to improve their transdisciplinary skills and broaden their curriculum.

Researchers and professors
Students in Master's programs
PhD students

Decision-making and rationality

Art history and archeology

Religious history

Philosophy and philology


Area studies

Economics from a religious perspective


A five-year track from Master’s to PhD

Upon entering the Master’s degree program, each student will define their scientific project with the graduate program's faculty and researchers. Students will have an academic advisor and will be heavily involved in research throughout the program.


Choose your Master’s degree and define your academic path

The graduate program offers the following Master’s degrees:


Enhance and customize your academic path: elective courses

Complementary university-wide courses

Graduate program students at both the Master’s and PhD level have access to university-wide trainings in core competencies, both introductory and advanced, designed to supplement their academic study.
Those complementary university-wide courses, available in all of PSL’s component schools, are eligible for ECTS credit.

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Career opportunities

Trained in and through research, PSL alumni find numerous employment opportunities in the public, private and entrepreneurial sectors as well as in the academic world.



Graduate Program Director:

Sylvio De Franceschi (EPHE - PSL)

Epistemology of the religious studies (II): current theories and debates

As part of the Graduate Program in Religious Studies, Mr. Daniel Barbu, a CNRS researcher and a statutory member of the Laboratoire d'études sur les monothéismes (UMR 8584), gives a series of 12 introductory courses on the epistemology of religious studies. This course is intended for all students in the Graduate Program. It can be included in your curriculum as part of a master's degree (optional seminar) or as part of a doctoral program.


Introduction à l'épistémologie des sciences religieuses

Dans le cadre du Programme gradué Sciences des religions, M. Daniel Barbu, chargé de recherches au CNRS et membre statutaire du Laboratoire d'études sur les monothéismes (UMR 8584), donne une série de 12 cours d'introduction à l'épistémologie des sciences. Cette formation est destinée à tous les étudiants du Programme Gradué. Elle peut être validée dans le cadre d'un master (séminaire libre) ou valorisée dans le cadre d'un parcours doctoral. Consultez le syllabus du cours de printemps 2023 :


Contrat doctoral 2022 du PG Sciences des religions

Le jury d'attribution du contrat du PG Sciences des religions s'est réuni le mercredi 22 juin 2022 en session d'admission.


Semaine intensive - Introduction à l'histoire des religions

Porté par l'EPHE, le PG Sciences des religions propose chaque année à la rentrée une semaine intensive d'enseignement consacré à une introduction à l'histoire des religions. En 2022, les enseignements auront lieu au 54 boulevard Raspail, en salle 9 au premier sous-sol, du mardi 27 au vendredi 30 septembre.