Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Arts program

Students seeking admission to the Master of Arts program in religious studies must meet the general Graduate College requirements for admission as degree-seeking students. In addition, students must have the following:

Entrance Requirements
  1. A bachelor's degree in religious studies or a related program in the humanities or social sciences. Some coursework in religious studies is desirable.
  2. A minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. Students who do not meet the GPA requirement must take the GRE and normally will be expected to score a minimum of 158 on the verbal section (580 under the old scoring system before August 1, 2011) and a minimum of 300 (1,000 under the old scoring system) on the combined verbal and quantitative sections.
  3. 12 hours of foreign language or its equivalent (e.g., passing a proficiency examination administered by the Modern and Classical Languages Department). Applicants not meeting this requirement may be admitted, but must fulfill it before completion of the program.
  4. Applicants lacking the appropriate qualifications for the program may be admitted but will be required to rectify deficiencies with appropriate course work. Usually these courses will not count toward the master's degree and must be completed before filing an Advisor Approved Program of Study. Students who do not meet the GPA or GRE standards outlined above may be granted admission to the program at the discretion of the General Graduate Advisor.
International Students

We welcome international applicants. If you are an international student, there are additional university requirements, including documentation of financial support and demonstration of proficiency in the English language if your primary language is not English. Please visit MSU's International Services Requirements for Graduate Admissions for more information.