• Alison Davis, MDiv '11 and PhD student in Religion and Literature.
  • Saeed Richardson, MDiv student, at orientation.
  • MA student James Breen in the Mansueto Library.

Applying to the Divinity School

The Divinity School's lively and rigorous conversation about religion thrives on the contributions of the students who join and invigorate it. We welcome applications from prospective students to each of our four degree programs.

Begin an Application ButtonAs a general rule, students apply in December for matriculation the following autumn quarter.  The Committee on Admissions and Aid considers applications in January and February, and releases decisions and financial aid offers at the beginning of March.

To open an application, click here or on the icon to the right, and you will be directed to the registration page for the online system. If you have questions regarding admissions—including the application process and eligibility—or about which degree program is right for you, please contact John Howell, Coordinator for Recruiting and Admissions, at divinityadmissions@uchicago.edu.

Normally, a student is qualified to study in the Divinity School if he or she has a bachelor of arts (BA) degree, or its equivalent, with a good academic record from an accredited college or university.  

  • Applicants to master's level programs are not required either to have majored or to have done concentrated work in religious studies during their undergraduate course of study, although broad training in the liberal arts is expected.
  • Applicants to the doctoral program must have completed, or must be in the process of completing, a master's degree (in a field related to their intended area of study in religion) from an accredited institution in order to be considered for admission.
  • Students from the United States who do not have a BA degree or its equivalent, or who come from an unaccredited institution, should write to the Dean of Students of the Divinity School concerning eligibility for admission.
  • All students from outside the United States should contact the Dean of Students in sufficient time to determine eligibility and to complete the application process.

Enrollment in the Divinity School is limited each year. The Committee on Admissions and Aid selects for admission only applicants who, in its judgment, appear both best qualified and most capable of using the resources that the Divinity School provides.

To be considered for admission, each applicant must submit to the Dean of Students the following documentation:

1. A completed online Divinity School Application for Graduate Admission, including the required application fee. Applicants to the MA, AMRS, and MDiv programs must submit an essay reflecting intellectual influences and professional goals. Applicants to the PhD program must submit an essay outlining their proposed course of study and a writing sample not to exceed twenty-five (25) pages, typed and double-spaced. Beginning in Round 2016, applicants to master's level programs have the option of submitting a writing sample of up to fifteen (15) pages, typed and double-spaced.

2. Official transcripts of academic record from every institution of higher learning that the applicant has attended.

3. Four letters of recommendation. A minimum of two recommendations must be academic in nature. In some cases, the other two recommendations may be of broader scope and may concern the applicant's interests and motivation, character, and general intellectual abilities. Electronic recommendation forms are available through the online application.

4. Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. Scores more than five years old are inadmissible. If taking the paper version, applicants should sit for the October GRE when possible, although November scores usually arrive in time for admissions and aid decisions. If taking the computerized version, applicants should sit for the exam at least two to three weeks in advance of the application deadline, as Educational Testing Services (ETS) estimates score delivery within 10-15 days of the examination. The school code for the GRE is 1832; for the department code, you may use 4901 or 2904 (either will route the scores correctly). Comprehensive information regarding the GRE may be obtained online from the ETS website

The Divinity School retains the credentials of non-matriculants and applicants not admitted for two years; if the application has not been reactivated by the end of that period, it and all associated materials are destroyed. Applicants should refrain from submitting written materials in addition to those requested in support of their application. 

Applications for admission PhD program should be submitted by December 15 for the following autumn quarter.

Applications for admission to the MA program and for financial aid should be submitted by January 8 for the following autumn quarter.

Applications for admission to the MDiv program and for financial aid should be submitted by January 15 for the following autumn quarter.

Applications for admission to the AMRS program are accepted on a rolling basis, and accepted students may matriculate in autumn, winter or spring quarters.  Please contact the Dean of Students if you are submitting an application to the AMRS program.

Online applications are required. Please note that paper applications are no longer accepted.



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