Graduate Program

Religious Studies Graduate Program

For those interested in working towards the Ph.D. in Religious Studies and a career in academics, or embarking on an equivalent level of training in a related profession, the Department of Religious Studies is equipped to help the individual student acquire the skills that she or he needs in order to move on to more advanced levels of study, whether it be specialized work in languages, methodological approaches, or area studies. The Department of Religious Studies at KU is also in the unusual position of being able to provide substantial financial support for students seeking the MA degree.

Notice

We appreciate your interest in the MA program in Religious Studies at the University of Kansas. Unfortunately, the department is suspending admissions to the MA program for Fall 2023. No applications will be accepted. Please check back in the future.

Degrees

For those interested in working towards a Ph.D. in Religious Studies and a career in academics, or embarking on an equivalent level of training in a related profession, the Department of Religious Studies is equipped to help the individual student acquire the skills that she or he needs in order to move on to more advanced levels of study, whether it be specialized work in languages, methodological approaches, or area studies. The study of religion being an inherently interdisciplinary field, the Department faculty shares synergies with colleagues and programs across the campus that enable students to seek specialized training in a diversity of regions, cultures, and approaches to the study of religion. Our faculty is committed to help the individual student articulate the intellectual and professional objectives that have brought him or her to study of religion, and to acquire the training to see these goals to fruition. The Department of Religious Studies at KU is also in the unusual and fortunate position of being able to provide substantial financial support for students seeking the MA degree.

KU is situated in Lawrence, Kansas. Lawrence has an active arts community, and there are many opportunities for cultural engagement, health & wellness activities, and professional development. 

Contact Information:

Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. Jacquelene Brinton | jbrinton@ku.edu

Students with a completed Bachelor’s degree who have demonstrated academic competence and wish to take an upcoming graduate-level course in Religious Studies may apply as a non-degree seeking (NDS) student. Students studying abroad at KU are welcome to apply. 

Please note undergraduate prerequisite course completion is typically necessary to succeed in graduate-level coursework. If you intend to enroll in coursework via NDS status for non-graduate study pursuits and personal interests, please specify what courses you would like to complete in the department in the personal statement.

Not all courses may be open to NDS students; please contact our graduate academic advisor before applying. KU’s Graduate Studies page on How to Apply is a resource for application-related logistical questions.

Contact

Corinne Butler, Graduate Academic Advisor

Phone: 785-864-864-9419 | Email: cebutler@ku.edu 




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