Applying to the MA Program

The Master of Arts in Divinity (MA) is a two-year program providing a foundation in the academic study of religion and its adjacent fields. Students have the opportunity to study the cultures, languages, thought, practices, and institutions of religious traditions, both ancient and modern. We prepare our students for doctoral study in religion or related fields but also encourage the program as a means to pursue other professions or areas of interest for which the study of religion is an important component. 

Program Overview

All students in the MA program take a minimum of 15 courses. MA 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 particular area of study or may choose to study across various disciplines. MA students may also take courses in other departments outside of the Divinity School. MA students are required also demonstrate academic reading competence in a modern research language as part of the program. MA students are not required to complete a thesis but may develop independent reading and research courses with faculty members.  

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.

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. 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 MA 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