Master’s Program in Religion, Politics and Democracy (120 ECTS credits)

This is a two-year program in which students study a variety of subjects within the field of Religion, Politics and Democracy, learn to conduct independent research at an advanced level and develop high-level analytical and communication skills.

Program director: Davor Džalto,
Director of Studies: Johan Andersson,
Length: 2 years (full-time) 120 ECTS credits
Type of instruction: Distance Learning
Study Pace: Full-time
Teaching Hours: Daytime
Language of Instruction: English
How to apply? Apply through or (from March 15)

Why study for a Master’s in Religion, Politics and Democracy?

This program explores the interaction between church and politics and the mutual influence of theological and religious ideas and practices and political ideologies. Approaching these phenomena from an Eastern Christian perspective, the courses in this program will help students learn about how theology and church practice relate to the ever changing social and political environments, how ideology (both within the church and in society) structures our perception of the social sphere, and how one can engage with social and political contexts and democratic processes in a constructive and creative way.

Program objectives

The program provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to think critically and independently about themes and issues within the field of Religion, Politics and Democracy.

Program outcomes

By the end of the program students will have an in-depth knowledge of the central issues in the area of Religion, Politics and Democracy, be able to understand and critically evaluate the various methods used in this field, be able to independently formulate and conduct a research project, be able to critically analyze and assess ideas and theories of others and develop, present and defend their own subject-specific concepts, communicating them clearly and logically.

Program Requirements

To be eligible for the program, an applicant must either have either a bachelor’s degree in theology/religious studies, comprising 180 ECTS credits, or a degree in another subject which includes Religious Studies or courses in theology amounting to at least 60 ECTS credits, including a thesis worth at least 15 ECTS credits. At least 15 ECTS credits should be in Eastern Christian Studies or equivalent subject areas. Students with other relevant subjects or an equivalent degree from an institution outside Sweden may be admitted based on the basis of individual assessment and examination by the Academic Dean.

Students may also be admitted to later parts of the program (61-120 ECTS credits) based on a special application, provided that the relevant prerequisites have been met. For more information about such special application please contact the Director of Studies.

An applicant needs to submit a letter of motivation.

English language proficiency: the English proficiency requirement for academic studies at Sankt Ignatios is equivalent to the English 6 course in Swedish upper secondary school. Students from outside Sweden, or students who cannot verify proficiency in English, are required to take an internationally recognized test (e. g. TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent). More information about the required score on internationally recognized English tests can be found at English language requirements (; see section Meeting the English requirements with an English test.

Cost of study

The program is tuition-free for citizens of Sweden, citizens of an EU / EEA country or of Switzerland who hold a valid Swedish residence permit. Students coming from countries other than those listed above are required to pay tuition fees. See Fees&Finance

As a new student at EHS, you automatically become a member of SEHS – the Student Union at Enskilda Högskolan Stockholm. Membership is free. If you want to leave the union, you can write an email to and we will cancel your membership. Read more about the student union’s work: Membership in the Student Union.

Career prospects

Those who successfully complete the program will be qualified to work for local and national governments, international organizations, religious institutions and other NGOs. The program also provides the foundation for further research at the doctoral level.