Rice University Department of Religion

Application Process

You should begin your application process early. To make sure scores are available when admission decisions are normally made you should take the GRE, TOEFL, etc. as required by the December before the fall for which you are applying. You should also request transcripts and letters of recommendation by December or earlier in order to give the senders time to get the material to Rice before the deadline. The deadline for completed applications for the Fall semester is January 15.  For questions about the process, please contact the Department of Religion 713 348 5201 or email humagradadmissions@rice.edu


A complete application includes

The application form is only one piece of your application package. The Department of Religion must receive all items listed below before your application is complete.  The deadline is January 15 for Fall admission. Late applications will not be considered.

To complete an online application go to   the online application .

The application fee is $85.00 payable online.  Applications can be processed only after the application is completed and the fee is submitted.

The application fee is required of all applicants, including foreign students. No application will be processed without this fee.
Official transcripts, GRE (use school code 6609; department code 4901), and TOEFL scores should be sent directly to Rice University, Department of Religion MS-15, 6100 Main Street, Houston TX 77005-1892.

Please submit a writing sample (7-10 pages). It could be a paper you have submitted for class, or an original essay written for the application.   

Three letters are required and should be written by people best qualified to testify to your capacity for graduate work in religious studies. It is always our preference to have academic references representing your major field, though we recognize that there are situations where this may not be possible. In such circumstances, we encourage you to seek out those persons who can comment on qualities that will be relevant to your academic goals, particularly research.

Format for recommendations:
Electronic recommendations should originate from an e-source connected with the relevant institution of the recommender except in extraordinary cases.

Your application and all supporting documents help us know your work, your goals, and your abilities as a historian. Your personal statement (about 2-3 pages) should include information about your professional goals and discuss your religious studies interests.  

Submit scores dated no later than last 3 years. International students who received degree(s) from institutions that teach courses primarily in English may substitute GRE scores in lieu of TOEFL scores.   

NOTE:  Writing sample, letters of evaluation, your personal statement, and unofficial transcripts
 should be uploaded online. Also, official transcripts must be sent directly from issuing institution to address below.


 The deadline for completed applications for the Fall semester is January 15th unless that day falls on a weekend; then it's due the following Monday.