McGill University Faculty of Religious Studies

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McGill University Faculty of Religious Studies
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Type Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University
Established 1912 as joint board Religious Studies; 1948 as Faculty of Divinity Studies
Affiliation McGill University; The Presbyterian College
Location Montreal, QC, Canada
Campus Urban
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The Faculty of Religious Studies is one of the constituent faculties of McGill University.


The faculty's history is rooted in the numerous theological colleges in Montreal that became affiliated with the university during the nineteenth century. The creation of a joint board for the study of theology in 1912 allowed the colleges some autonomy in the provision of professional training for Christian ministry. This led to the creation of the Faculty of Divinity in 1948, which assumed the role of the joint board.


The faculty offers a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies, Bachelor of Theology, Master of Sacred Theology, and master's and doctorate degree programs in religious studies and theology.


The faculty is located in the William and Henry Birks Building, at 3520 University, a Collegiate Gothic structure named in honour of Henry Birks and one of his sons.The building was built between 1929 and 1931 by Harold Fetherstonhaugh, a student of Percy Nobbs, for its original owners, the Joint Board of Theological Colleges. It was known by its original name, Divinity Hall, until 1972.[1]

The faculty is also associated with The Presbyterian College, located nearby.

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Coordinates: 45°30′24″N 73°34′39″W / 45.50659°N 73.57742°W / 45.50659; -73.57742