Applying to the MA Program

The MA is a two-year program that enables students to explore the history, theology, beliefs, and languages of the 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.


Program Overview

All students in the MA program take a minimum of 15 courses, including a foundational course- DVSC 30400: Introduction to the Study of Religion and a course in three of the 11 areas of study. MA 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. MA students also demonstrate academic reading competence in a modern research language through a language assessment or reading course. MA students are not required to complete a thesis but may develop independent reading and research courses with faculty members.  

Application Deadlines

January 12- Priority deadline
April 16- Final round deadline for international students
July 15- Final round deadline for domestic students (US citizens and permanent residents)

Priority admission and aid decisions are released in early-March. The final round decisions for international students are typically released in mid-June. Any domestic applicants that submit by the April 16th deadline will also receive a decision in mid-June. The final round decisions for domestic students are typically released in early-September.

Admission & Scholarship Information

Admission into the MA 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. Scholarships are automatically renewable for the second year of the program. Students also receive funding for summer language study at the University. 

Tuition is charged on a quarterly basis.

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

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

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)
  • All international applicants: TOEFL or IELTS score