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Master of Arts in Religious Studies

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline:

  • February 1 (for consideration of financial aid)
  • April 1 (for students not seeking financial aid)

Spring deadline: October 15

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum GRE score: none set

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet -based 80 17 17 17 17
TOEFL Paper-based 550 52 52 N/A 52
IELTS Academic 6.5 6 6 6 6

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.  
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Religious Studies Program

  • Statement of purpose
  • 3 letters of recommendation (may be submitted electronically by recommenders, or by mail to the department)
  • GRE score report
  • Writing sample, which will normally consist of a paper written for an undergraduate course on a topic related to the study of religion

Admission Contact Information

Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. Rabia Gregory 
221 Arts & Science Bldg
Columbia, MO 65211
Religious Studies Website