Applying to the AMRS Program

The Master of Arts in Religious Studies (AMRS) program is a one year program designed for students looking to develop a broad academic grounding in religious studies. It is an ideal program for professionals looking to connect their current field of practice to the study of religion (e.g. law, medicine, business, education, journalism, the arts) to religion. 


Program Overview 

All students in the AMRS program take a minimum of 9 courses. AMRS students work with their assigned faculty advisor to develop a course of study that best fits their personal, professional, and academic goals. Students may focus on a specific area of study or may choose to study across various disciplines. AMRS students may also 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 students may take up to 3 years to complete the program. 

Application Deadlines

January 4, 2022- Priority Round Deadline

April 15, 2022- Round 2 Deadline; Final deadline for international students

July 15, 2022- Round 3 Deadline; Final deadline for domestic students

Priority admission and aid decisions are released in early-March. Round 2 decisions are typically released in mid-June. The final round decisions for domestic students are typically released in early-September.

Application & Scholarship Information

Admission into the AMRS program is offered on a yearly basis. All applicants are automatically considered for Divinity School scholarships. Scholarships are offered based on the strength of the application materials. Applicants wishing to ensure that they are considered for the full range of funding options should apply by the priority deadline.  Divinity School Scholarships may be renewed for up to 3 years for students that complete the program on a part-time basis. Students also receive funding for summer language study at the University. 

Tuition is charged on a quarterly basis. Please see the Bursar's fee schedule for tuition rates. 

The Divinity School is committed to making graduate study affordable and accessible. In the last two years, the School has lowered tuition for the AMRS program while increasing funding opportunities for students. 

Required 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