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Religious Studies

Religious Studies 2013-2014

Application Process

Following are the simple steps to apply for graduate study in Religious Studies at the University of Denver. If you have any questions about the process, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies.

Apply Online / Application Deadlines

  • Applications for graduate study in Religious Studies at the University of Denver must be submitted online. Start an online application.
  • All online materials must be submitted, and all supplemental materials must be postmarked, by the program's stated deadline: February 15,  for fall admission to the master's program. Late applications will be considered but priority consideration for admission and departmental scholarships will be given to applicants meeting the deadline. Students may apply at any time for winter, spring, and summer admission but will be considered on a space-available basis. Applications to the certificate are considered for fall, winter, and spring admission.
  • A $65 non-refundable application fee is required for an application to be processed. Application fee waivers are available for McNair Scholars.

Course and Degree Prerequisites and Requirements

  • Proof of a bachelor's degree is required from a regionally accredited college or university with an appropriate undergraduate background in relevant arts, humanities or social science disciplines and a minimum "B" (3.0) grade point average. Meeting this and the minimum test score standard (noted below) does not guarantee admission, but no application will be seriously considered if such standards are not met.


  • Applicants are required to submit an official transcript from each post-secondary institution they have attended, or are presently attending, where two quarter hours (or one semester hour) or more were completed including study abroad and college coursework completed in high school.
  • The applicant is responsible for obtaining all transcripts. DU students and alumni do not need to provide DU transcripts. Applicants who have earned a degree outside the U.S. must submit transcripts accompanied by certified English translations, if not normally issued in English.
  • Official study abroad transcripts are required unless the course titles, grades and credit earned abroad appear on another transcript. Transcripts from outside of the U.S. are evaluated by the Office of International Student Admission. This process can take three to four weeks and must be complete by the program's stated deadline. Therefore, applicants with a degree from outside of the U.S. are encouraged to apply early. Applicants educated outside the U.S. are encouraged to contact the Office of Graduate Studies for assistance regarding transcript-related materials.
  • The University of Denver will consider electronic transcripts official from a domestic institution provided by the following approved agencies: Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS); Docufide/Parchment; National Student Clearinghouse; Naviance; Royall and Company; and, Scrip-Safe.

Test Scores

  • Master's applicants are required to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores including a minimum 500/153 on the verbal section. Scores must be received directly from the appropriate testing agency by the program's stated deadline. The institution code for the University of Denver is 4842. The GRE is not required for applicants to the certificate program.

Language Proficiency

  •  Official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required of all graduate applicants, regardless of citizenship status, whose native language is not English or who have been educated in countries where English is not the native language. Applications will not be processed until the required TOEFL or IELTS score is received. The TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date. The minimum TOEFL score accepted by the University is 80 (iBT) or 550 (paper-based). The institution code for the University of Denver is 4842. The minimum IELTS score accepted by the University is 6.0. Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) must demonstrate fluency in spoken English by scoring a 26 on the TOEFL speaking section or 8.0 on the IELTS speaking section. Please see the Graduate Policy Manual for complete English language proficiency requirements.
  • Applicants may be exempted from English proficiency test requirements if by the time of matriculation they have earned a post-secondary degree from a formally-recognized/accredited university where the language of instruction and examination is English. Such applicants may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement but not from other standardized graduate entrance examinations.

Personal Statement

  •  A personal statement that describes your interest in religious studies and your career goals is required. The statement, of at least 300 words, should include information concerning your life, education, practical experience, special interests and specific purpose for applying to the University of Denver. It should also include which of our six areas of specialization you would likely select, and why. The statement should be submitted via upload through the online application process.

Writing Sample

  •  An academic writing sample of 3–10 pages is required. Applicants may submit all or part of a paper previously submitted for a course, or may submit another piece of written work. If submitting a section of a longer paper, please provide a brief (one paragraph) abstract (summary) of the larger work from which the excerpt is taken. The writing sample should be submitted via upload through the online application process.

Recommendation Letters

  • Three letters of recommendation are required of master's applicants. At least one should come from a professor or faculty member who can comment on your academic performance and potential. Certificate applicants are required to submit one letter of recommendation. Letters should be solicited and uploaded by recommenders through the online application system.

Financial Support

  •  To be considered for financial support, domestic applicants should apply early and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadline, February 15.
  • Information about financial aid can be found on the Office of Financial Aid website.  International students are not eligible for federal financial aid.
  • The Department of Religious Studies offers various forms of financial support to master's students including tuition credits and scholarships. Applicants are encouraged to apply early for consideration.

Application Status

  • We encourage you to be actively engaged in the admission process. You can check your application status online.

Mailing Address

  • Mail official transcripts and any supplemental admission materials not submitted with the online application to:

University of Denver
Office of Graduate Studies
Mary Reed Building, Room 5
2199 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208-4802

International Applicants