Graduate Program in 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.

Key figures

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 in Religious Studies offers the following Master’s degrees:

Pursue a PhD

Doctoral research is conducted in a PSL laboratory. Training is conducted in a doctoral school.

Graduate program doctoral school

- École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE) Doctoral School - DS 472

Graduate program laboratories

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.

Career development and soft skills
Scientific culture
Languages (foreign languages, rare languages)

Data Science Program

Data Science Program

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.