Admission Steps

Religious Studies - MA

Admission Requirements

Terms and Deadlines

For the 2021-2022 academic year

Fall 2021 quarter (beginning in September)

  • Priority deadline: January 29, 2021

  • Final submission deadline: August 16, 2021

Winter 2022 quarter (beginning in January)

  • Final submission deadline: November 15, 2021

Spring 2022 quarter (beginning in March)

  • Final submission deadline: February 15, 2022

Priority deadline: Applications will be considered after the Priority deadline provided space is available.

Final submission deadline: Applicants cannot submit applications after the final submission deadline.

Degree and GPA Requirements

Degrees and GPA Requirements

Bachelors degree: All graduate applicants must hold an earned baccalaureate from a regionally accredited college or university or the recognized equivalent from an international institution.

Grade point average: The minimum undergraduate GPA for admission consideration for graduate study at the University of Denver is a cumulative 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits (approximately two years of work) for the baccalaureate degree. An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution supersedes the minimum standards for the baccalaureate. For applicants with graduate coursework but who have not earned a master’s degree or higher, the GPA from the graduate work may be used to meet the requirement. The minimum GPA is a cumulative 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all graduate coursework undertaken.

Program GPA requirement: The minimum undergraduate GPA for admission consideration for this program is a cumulative 2.5 on a 4.0 scale



Appropriate undergraduate background in relevant arts, humanities or social science disciplines. Generally, some prior coursework in the academic study of religion is expected.

Additional Standards for Non-Native English Speakers

Additional Standards for Non-Native English Speakers

Official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) 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. Your TOEFL/IELTS/CAE scores are valid for two years from the test date.

The minimum TOEFL/IELTS/CAE test score requirements for this degree program are:

  • Minimum TOEFL Score (Internet-based test): 80

  • Minimum TOEFL Score (Paper-based test): 550

  • Minimum IELTS Score: 6.5

  • Minimum CAE Score: 176

English Conditional Acceptance Offered: No, this program does not offer English Conditional Admission.

Additional Standards for International Applicants

Additional Standards for International Applicants

Per Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) regulation, international applicants must meet all standards for admission before an I-20 or DS-2019 is issued, [per U.S. Federal Register: 8 CFR § 214.3(k)] or is academically eligible for admission and is admitted [per 22 C.F.R. §62]. Read the Additional Standards For International Applicants policy for more details.

Application Materials



We require a scanned copy of your transcripts from every college or university you have attended. Scanned copies must be clearly legible and sized to print on standard 8½-by-11-inch paper. Transcripts that do not show degrees awarded must also be accompanied by a scanned copy of the diploma or degree certificate. If your academic transcripts were issued in a language other than English, both the original documents and certified English translations are required.

Upon admission to the University of Denver, official transcripts will be required from each institution attended.

Standardized Test Scores

Standardized Test Scores

GRE scores are optional for admission to this program. Applications submitted without scores will receive full consideration. Every application undergoes a comprehensive evaluation, including a careful review of all application materials.

If you choose to submit test scores, you may upload your Test Taker Score Report PDF, which is considered unofficial. Official scores must be received directly from the appropriate testing agency upon admission to the University of Denver. The ETS institution code to submit GRE scores to the University of Denver is 4842.

University Standardized Test Policy

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of Recommendation

Three (3) letters of recommendation are required.  Letters should be submitted by recommenders through the online application.  Letters should demonstrate your academic ability and promise for graduate studies.

Required Essays and Statements

Essays and Statements

Personal Statement Instructions

A personal statement that describes your interest in religious studies and your career goals is required. That statement, of at least 300 words, must include relevant information concerning your life, education, practical experience, special interests and specific purpose for applying to the University of Denver. It must also include which of our five areas of specialization you would likely select, why, and which faculty you hope to work with. If your academic background is not in religious studies or a relevant humanities or social science field, please explain your preparation for study at the MA level.

Writing Sample

Writing Sample Instructions

An academic writing sample of 5–10 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.

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Online Application

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Your submitted materials will be reviewed once all materials and application fees have been received.

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Our program can only consider your application for admission if our Office of Graduate Education has received all your online materials and supplemental materials by our application deadline.

Application Fee: $65.00 Application Fee

Financial Aid Information

Financial Aid Information

Applicants should complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for additional information.