- MTS graduates will articulate a deep understanding of at least one major religious tradition or of religious practice, thought, and structure within one geographical area, or of one major methodological approach to the study of religion.
- MTS graduates will demonstrate a broad familiarity with the languages, literatures, thought, institutions, practices, normative claims, and structures of more than one religious tradition, and with more than one methodological approach to the study of religion.
- MTS graduates will assess some of the major theories and methods in the scholarly study of religion, and will be able to analyze the connections between the study of religion and other academic and professional disciplines.
- MTS graduates will be able to analyze the ways that knowledge of religion is shaped by the cultural, political, and social location of the knower, and to explain how cultural, political, and social processes and strategies of inclusion and exclusion have shaped religious formations, knowledges, traditions, practices, and institutions.
- MTS graduates will be able to use their understanding of religion to engage creatively and critically in the contemporary practice of such fields as education, the arts, law, medicine, journalism, social service, or social change.
- MTS graduates who aspire to academic careers will be well-prepared to pursue the interdisciplinary studies and independent research typical of doctoral study, and will be cognizant of diverse fields of doctoral study.
I think all art struggles with the same problem that any form of discursive, scientific, or explanatory writing struggles with, namely, how much is being illuminated by the work, and how much is being obscured, betrayed, or left in the dark. It's very difficult to work out when the right balance has been struck.
—Michael D. Jackson, Distinguished Visiting Professor of World Religions