Can I apply directly to a Ph.D. program, or must I apply for the Master's degree first?
It is important that you indicate the highest degree you are seeking from the Rice University Department of Religion. The religion program is primarily a Ph.D. program and university funding is NOT available for study only for the M.A. degree. Graduate study is open to well-qualified students with a substantial background in religious studies. This usually, though not always, means an undergraduate degree in religious studies though many of our candidates have also completed a Master's in religious studies or another advanced degree at another institution.
Can I apply for either Spring or Fall admission?
The Rice University Department of Religion admits graduate students for matriculation in the Fall semester only. The deadline for receiving your completed application is January 15 of the calendar year you wish to enter the program.
When should I begin the 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 prior to the January 15 deadline deadline. The deadline for completed applications for the fall semester is January 15th of each year.
Is there a minimum GRE score?
Rice University does not have an established minimum GRE score. However, this is a highly competitive program and most of our top candidates have GRE verbal scores in excess of the 90th percentile and analytical scores that are equally high.
What is the minimum GPA?
Rice University does not have an established minimum GPA. However, our top candidates have demonstrated excellence in their performance in programs they have completed. Typically this means extremely high GPAs from former undergraduate and, when applicable, graduate institutions.
What kind of financial support does Rice offer?
Rice provides graduate fellowships to nearly all entering students enrolled in Ph.D. graduate programs, and most also receive graduate tuition waivers as part of the fellowship package. Alternately, many of our graduates apply for outside funding. See more information about graduate stipends here.
What if I have other questions?
Applicants may obtain departmental information on graduate study elsewhere on this web site or by contacting the Humanities Graduate Administrator, Lydia Westbrook. You may also contact the Department Chair, April DeConick, or the Director of Graduate Studies, Anthony Pinn.