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Admission:

Each application is considered on its own merits by the entire faculty. Factors considered include previous educational record, three letters of recommendation, a personal statement of approximately 500 words describing educational goals, transcripts and GRE scores (required of all U.S. citizens and permanent residents). Applicants must hold at least a Bachelor's degree (or the equivalent) with a cumulative grade point average of 2.75. In order to begin M.A. study, a student must have completed at least 12 semester hours (or the equivalent) of undergraduate course work directly related to the study of religion. Please note that applicants must submit an unofficial transcript from every institution attended beyond high school as part of the application. These must be requested by the applicant from your college or university registrar.  Additionally, a writing sample needs to be submitted.  The writing sample should be between 15-20 pages in length.

The Department of Religious Studies particularly encourages applications for graduate work from members of minority groups that are not adequately represented in the academic study of religion. Special efforts will be made for the financial support of minority students. The Department aims to give at least one assistantship each semester to a qualified student from a minority group.

How to Apply:

For an application form or more information, please consult the online application or contact the Graduate Program Assistant, Adrienne OConnell.  Applications for Fall 2020 will open July 9, 2019 and must be completed by December 31, 2019.  For review and decision purposes you are required to upload an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) in the online application. We require one copy of the scanned transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution that you attended. This includes community colleges, summer sessions, and extension programs. While credits from one institution may appear on the transcript of a second institution, unofficial transcripts must be submitted from each institution, regardless of the length of attendance, and whether or not courses were completed.  Failure to list and submit transcripts from all institutions previously attended is considered to be a violation of academic ethics and may result in the cancellation of your admission or dismissal from the university.

ONLY after you are recommended for admission will you need to provide official transcripts. 

Domestic Applicants:

Transcripts and other supporting materials required by your department should be sent directly to:

For standard international mail or mail within the US, including USPS Priority and Express:

Graduate Admissions
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine St Suite A122
553 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0553 USA

For overnight or express mail (DHL, FEDEX, UPS) send to:

Graduate Admissions             
University of Colorado Boulder                     
3100 Marine Street - 553 UCB
Bldg RL3 Suite A122
Boulder, CO 80303-1058 USA

(303) 492-6301

All International Applicants

Transcripts and other supporting materials required by your department should be sent directly to:

For standard international mail or mail within the US, including USPS Priority and Express:

Office of Admissions/International
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine St Suite A122
65 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0065 USA

Overnight/Express Mailing Address (DHL, UPS, Fedex)

Office of Admissions/International               
University of Colorado Boulder                     
3100 Marine Street - 65 UCB
Bldg RL3 Suite A122
Boulder, CO 80303-1058 USA
303-492-6301

Financial Aid:

The Department offers a limited number of teaching assistantships and fellowships to outstanding students. In addition, the University has a small number of awards available to graduate students.

International Applicants:

TOEFL stands for “Test of English as a Foreign Language” and is required of all international graduate applicants. You are not required to take the TOEFL if your native language is English or if you have completed one year of full time study at a U.S. institution or at an institution where English is the native language at the time of your application and within two years of your desired admission term.  See the University of Colorado’s International Graduate Admission Requirements for more information.