The AMRS: Master of Arts in Religious Studies program is designed for students looking to develop a broad basis of understanding in religious studies or those professionals looking to connect their current field of practice to the study of religion (e.g. law, medicine, business, education, journalism, the arts). Students may enroll either full or part time.


Program Overview 

All students in the AMRS program take a minimum of 9 courses, including a foundational course- DVSC 30400: Introduction to the Study of Religion and a course in three of the 11 areas of study. AMRS students work with their assigned faculty advisor to develop a course of study that best fits their personal, professional, and academic goals. Students can take courses in other departments outside of the Divinity School. The program culminates in an oral examination of a paper written for a class. 

Students may complete the program in one year by enrolling full-time. Part-time student may take up to 3 years to complete the program. 

Application Deadlines

We offer rolling admission to the AMRS program. Students may apply for admission for either the Autumn, Winter, or Spring quarter. We do not offer admission for the Summer Quarter. 

Domestic applicants: October 15 (Winter 2021 admission); January 12 (Spring 2021 admission); January 12 (Priority deadline for Autumn 2021 admission); July 15 (Final deadline for Autumn 2021 admission)

International applicants: October 15 (Spring 2021 admission); January 12 (Priority deadline for Autumn 2021 admission); April 16 (Final deadline for Autumn 2021 admission)

Scholarship Information

All applicants are automatically considered for Divinity School scholarships. Scholarships are offered based on the strength of the application materials. Divinity School Scholarships may be renewed for up to 3 years for students that complete the program on a part-time basis. 

Tuition is charged on a quarterly basis. The 2020-2021 AMRS tuition is $3,794 per course. 

Application Materials

  • Divinity School Application for Graduate Admission
  • Candidate Statement reflecting intellectual influences and professional goals
  • Academic Transcripts 
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Current Resume or CV
  • Writing sample, at least 15 pages
  • Application fee: $75 (waiver available)
  • International students: TOEFL or IELTS score