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Graduate Studies in Religious Studies

The primary goal of the PhD in Religious Studies degree program is to prepare persons for academic leadership in the field and hence for professional careers as teacher-scholars in colleges, universities, and schools of theology.

We are fortunate to have a first-rate faculty. Faculty members from Perkins School of Theology and from the Department of Religious Studies in Dedman College constitute the faculty of the program. Other departments and research centers in the university, such as the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, the Center for the Study of Latino Christianity and Religions, and the departments of History, Philosophy, and Anthropology, provide additional academic resources for its students. It is supported by the University's extensive library system, especially the renowned Bridwell Library, which has distinctive collections in religion and theology and state-of-the-art research facilities.

We Offer one degree

Religious Studies Ph.D.

Admission Deadline

Application deadline for completed applications is January 6, 2023. If you apply for admission by December 18, 2022, the $75 application fee will be waived. 

Admission Requirements

  • B.A. or equivalent degree from an accredited institution

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above (4.00 scale)

  • Satisfactory score on General Test of GRE which is ordinarily a combined score on verbal and quantitative sections of 310 or above on the new test, or 1200 or above on the old test.

  • Current student averages are: verbal 681, quantitative 627, combined 1308, analytical writing 4.5

  • Sufficient previous study in religion or related areas to prepare student to complete degree according to schedule. We do not accept any transfer credits.

When English is not an applicant's native language, a satisfactory TOEFL score is also required:

  • Internet-based version, 79-80 or better (preferably 100 or better)
  • Computer-based version 213 or better (preferably 250 or better)
  • Paper-based version, 550 or better (preferably 600 or better)

The M.A. degree and Ph.D. degree are two separate programs.

The M.A. is a terminal degree and is not a gateway to receiving a Ph.D. (credits will not be transferred).


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