The Religion Department offers a Master of Arts degree (MA) and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Religion.  Application for admission are made through the Graduate School Admissions.

Master of Arts in Religion requirements:

An MA in Religion consists of 24 hours of course work (18 in major area, 6 in a minor) and 6 hours of thesis and related research for a total of 30 semester hours. At least 12 hours (excluding 7000 Master's Research) must be taken in courses not admitting undergraduates. No more than 6 hours of 7000 may be included in the program of study.

Doctor of Philosophy in Religion requirements:

Students must complete a minimum of three full years of residential study beyond the bachelor’s degree (or two years beyond the M.A., or its equivalent, if earned elsewhere than UGA), exceptions to this rule being permitted only with the approval of the Department and Graduate School. This can be gained either by

  • 60 hours of graduate-level coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree (in the case where one has not previously earned a master’s degree at UGA), which can be completed either in two 30 hour blocks of consecutive work or 60 hours of consecutive work; or by
  • 30 hours of consecutive graduate-level coursework beyond the master’s degree (in the case where a master’s degree has previously been earned at UGA)

Also required for the PhD are Research Skills:

Two modern research languages plus any other primary languages deemed necessary and appropriate and approved by the student’s advisory committee. This assessment shall be done by an examination to be taken prior to the Ph.D. comprehensive examinations; no dissertation proposal will receive final approval until all language requirements have been met.

Areas of Concentration

American Studies: American Religion, African American Religion, Southern Religion, Native American Religion

Asian Studies: Literature, History, Thought in Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Jainism, Sikhism, and/or Shinto

Biblical Studies: Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, New Testament, Biblical World, Early Judaism

Christian Studies: History, Thought, and Non-Biblical Writings

Islamic Studies: Quran & Islamic Literature, History and Thought, Sufism

Jewish Studies: Jewish Literature, History and Thought


How to apply

To apply to the Graduate School at the University of Georgia, go to the Graduate School's web site and click on "Future Students". The site contains all necessary information and forms.

The Graduate School Admissions page lists the required materials for application that must be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions.   The Department of Religion follows the Graduate School's Deadlines for submission of applications. 

When preparing your statement of purpose, usually 1 to 2 pages in length, be sure to identify your career goals and scholarly areas of interest in the academic study of Religion while at UGA.  If you can tell from the listing of our faculty with whom you think you would like to work please indicate that in your statement as well.


The UGA Graduate School

For additional information on the Graduate Programs at the University of Georgia, see the Graduate School Bulletin.