The AMRS: Master of Arts in Religious Studies program is designed for those practicing other professions (e.g. law, medicine, business, education, journalism, the arts), or those looking to develop a broad basis of understanding in religious studies. Students may enroll either full or part time.

Admission Information

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. 

Application Deadlines:

Domestic applicants: October 15 (Winter 2021 admission); January 5 (Spring 2021 admission); January 5 (Priority deadline for Autumn 2021 admission); August 1 (Final deadline for Autumn 2021 admission)

International applicants: October 15 (Spring 2021 admission); January 11 (Priority deadline for Autumn 2021 admission); April 3 (Final deadline for Autumn 2021 admission).

Application Materials

  • Divinity School Application for Graduate Admission
  • Personal Statement reflecting intellectual influences and professional goals
  • Academic Transcripts from every institution attented
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Writing sample (at least 15 pages)
  • Current Resume or CV
  • Application fee: $75 (waiver available)
  • International students: TOEFL or IELTS score. Scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Financial Information     

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

The Divinity School offers merit-based scholarships for AMRS applicants. Divinity scholarships for AMRS students may be renewed for up to 3 years. 

Eligible students may also apply for Federal Student Aid (student loans & work-study) by completing and submitting the FAFSA. Our school code is 001774.

Program Length

The AMRS course of study can be completed in one (1) year on a full-time basis. Students may study on a part-time basis and complete the degree in up to three (3) years.

Program Requirements

Successful completion of a minimum of nine (9) courses, including DVSC 30400, Introduction to the Study of Religion, and one course in two of the three faculty committees; and a one-hour oral examination based on a paper written for any class.