Missouri State University

M.A. in Religious Studies Application Process


To apply to the graduate program in Religious Studies, all application materials must be received at least one month before the beginning of the semester you wish to enter the program.  In making admission decisions, the department’s Graduate Committee considers evidence of the applicant’s interest in the field of religious studies and his or her academic and professional potential, as well as the department’s ability to meet the needs of the student.

Application Process

  1.  Satisfy departmental Master of Arts admission requirements (or Accelerated M.A. admission requirements), and Missouri State University’s Graduate College admission requirements.
  2.  Apply and be admitted to the Graduate College, which includes submitting an application and $35.00 fee and having transcripts sent to the Graduate College.  This must be done by the deadlines in the Graduate Catalog  (scroll down to Application Deadlines and Fees) in order to avoid a late fee.
  3.  Submit recent GRE scores if your GPA is lower than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  GRE school code: 6665.
  4.  Complete a departmental application form and email it with your statement of purpose to the Religious Studies Graduate Program Director Martha L. Finch, marthafinch@missouristate.edu.  The statement of purpose should be 300 to 600 words describing 1) your background and interest in the field of religious studies and 2) why you wish to pursue a graduate degree in the Department of Religious Studies at Missouri State University, including future goals.

The Graduate Committee typically reviews completed applications soon after their receipt.  The Graduate Program Director will contact the applicant with a request for further information, if required, and our decision.  The applicant will also receive an email and letter from the Graduate College.