The MA is a two-year program that enables students to explore the history, theology, beliefs, and languages of world religions though a variety of scholarly approaches. It is designed for students who wish to acquire the skills to develop a research agenda for doctoral study, or who want a broad and deep grounding in the academic study of religion in preparation for a wide range of professions.

Admission Information

Admissions into the MA Program is offered on a yearly basis.

Application Deadlines

January 7- Priority deadline
April 13- Final round deadline for international students
August 1- Final round deadline for domestic students (US citizens and permanent residents)

Priority admission and aid decisions are released in early March. Afterwards, admission and aid decisions are released on a rolling basis, typically 2-3 weeks after all application materials have been received.

Application Materials 

  • Divinity School Application for Graduate Admission
  • Personal statement reflecting intellectual influences and professional goals
  • Academic transcripts from every institution attended
  • At least three letters of recommendation with at least two letters from faculty members
  • Current CV or resume
  • Writing sample (at least 15 pages)
  • Application fee: $75 (waiver available)
  • All international applicants: 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.

\MA Tuition:           

  • $11,382: Full-time (3-4 courses)
  • $5,691: Half-time (less than 3 courses) 

The Divinity School offers merit-based scholarship for MA applicants. Awards are renewable for 2 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 MA course of study can be completed in 2 years. Full-time enrollment is required for most students. 

Program Requirements:

Successful completion of a minimum of 15 courses, including DVSC 30400, Introduction to the Study of Religion, and one course in each of the three faculty committees. Demonstrated competence in either French or German through an exam or course from the  Chicago Language Center.