The M.A. program in Religion provides a broad background in the study of religious currents, including the marginal and transnational, within a strong theoretical framework of the academic study of religion. The M.A. program will be designed to assist students in:

  • acquiring the necessary background and credentials for admittance in competitive divinity and doctoral programs*, or
  • developing the skills necessary for other vocational or professional options that do not require a Ph.D., or
  • exploring personal and professional interests

*MA students applying to the Rice PhD program before the second year of the MA program will not be considered. Allowances will be made for second-year MA students, but they will have no special privilege of entry into the PhD program and will be assessed on their merits, in competition with all other applicants.

Students accepted into the M.A. program are eligible to participate in the GEM Certificate Program.


Tuition for 2020-21 is $10,000 per semester. All students must pay fees. Fees for 2020-21 are $315.50 per semester.

Application Information

Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2021 for the M.A. program. Information about the application process can be found here.


Inquiries regarding the application process should be directed to Humanities Graduate Admissions. For academic inquiries regarding the program, please contact Dr. Claire Fanger or Dr. Brian Ogren, co-directors of M.A. Studies.