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Religious Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #10 (QS) , IL,
The AMRS program is a concentrated program in the academic study of religion for those in other fields or professions (e.g., law, medicine, business, journalism, the arts), or those who seek greater knowledge in the study of religion. 


In consultation with the faculty advisor and the Dean of Students, AMRS students are free to choose from the course offerings of the various areas of study in the Divinity School and other parts of the University to meet these requirements. In some cases, the consent of the instructor may be required.

Students from a variety of professions have pursued the AMRS degree, each focusing his/her coursework in one or more of the Divinity School’s eleven areas of study. These students also take advantage of related coursework available across the University of Chicago, e.g., courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences Divisions. For some, the goal is focused study in one area. For others, their course selections reveal a desire to study broadly in the field of religion to learn more about particular religious traditions as well as developing skill in the theories and method that undergird the academic study of religion as a human phenomenon. Faculty may recommend language study as deemed appropriate for the student’s course of study.

Programme Structure

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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  •  A completed online Divinity School Application for Graduate Admission, including the required application fee ($75). 
  •  Academic records from every institution of postsecondary education that the applicant has attended.
  • Three or four letters of recommendation. 
  •  Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). 
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4217 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4217 USD per module and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    4217 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4217 USD per module and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    4217 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4217 USD per module and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Chicago

  • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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