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How To Apply

Fall Semester is the normal time of entry into our graduate programs. The curriculum is designed with Fall Semester entry as the norm. Furthermore, no assistantships are currently available for Spring Semester applicants.

The application deadline for Fall admission is January 15. We are not able to review incomplete applications.

The Department of Religion has a limited number of funded Master's and Doctoral Graduate Teaching Assistantships. The Graduate School also has a few funding opportunities for outstanding students, which may have earlier deadlines. All such funding opportunities, however, are highly competitive.

All departmental decisions regarding acceptance into the program, and funding (if applicable), are based on a holistic evaluation of the pool of applicants. Considerations that may be drawn upon in making an overall evaluation of applicants include: undergraduate education, including major(s) and GPA; graduate education (if applicable), including area of research and GPA; GRE scores; TOEFL/iELTS/DuoLingo scores (if applicable); purpose statement; writing sample; letters of recommendation; fit with departmental areas and goals and fit with potential supervisors; research languages and other relevant skills related to proposed area of research; paper presentations and publications; other awards for academic achievements.

All applicants are required to submit a GRE score. This requirement also applies to the current application cycle, i.e., it has not been waived.

International graduate applicants must have the following test scores to be considered for funding as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Religion: TOEFL speaking: 26 or higher / iELTS: 8.0 or higher / DuoLingo: 135 or higher. For further details and information on TA Policy, see

Applicants must submit application materials to the Graduate School.

The Graduate School application process starts here. Please read and follow all instructions carefully. Incomplete applications cannot be processed by the Graduate School or the Department. Materials to be submitted directly to the Graduate School include:

  • Graduate School application form
  • Application processing fee
  • Three letters of recommendation—these must be submitted by your letter writers directly to the Graduate School online application system
  • Unofficial transcripts of all institutions attended—official transcripts will be required if you are admitted
  • Writing sample—preferably a 10-15 page paper written for an undergraduate or graduate religion course
  • Statement of purpose—a 500–1000 word statement, explaining which areas of religion you wish to pursue and why you wish to pursue them (the first or second sentence should include the professor(s) you would like to work with)
  • Official GRE scores (must be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions directly by the responsible testing agency)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores, if applicable
  • Certificate of finances, if applicable

All of the above materials must be received by the UGA Office of Graduate Admissions by the deadline of January 15.

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