MA in Religious Studies

Admission Contact Information
Prof. Signe Cohen
221 Arts & Science Bldg
Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-4760 or

Admission Criteria

  • Fall deadline:
     February 1 (for consideration of financial aid)
     April 1 (for students not seeking financial aid)
  • Spring deadline: October 15
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum GRE score: none set
  • Minimum TOEFL scores:
Internet-based test (iBT) Paper-based test (PBT)
80 550

Required Application Materials

To the Office of Graduate Studies
All required Graduate Studies documents, including transcripts

To the Religious Studies MA Program
Departmental application and writing sample
3 letters of recommendation (use departmental form)
GRE score report

Additional Information

The match between the interests of applicants and the areas of emphasis offered in the program will be an important consideration in the evaluation of applications.

All application materials are available online, and applications should be submitted electronically.  Application information can be found at
Although electronic applications are preferred, a student may also print out the application materials and mail them to the Religious Studies Department at the following address:

The Director of Graduate Studies
The Department of Religious Studies
221 Arts & Science Bldg
The University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

International students should contact the Office for International Admissions. Students whose native language is not English should achieve a score of 550 or more on the TOEFL exam for admission to the program.

Applications must be completed at least six weeks before the start of graduate studies. Applicants seeking teaching assistantships or fellowships must submit applications no later that February 1. Notification of admission and awards will be made no later than April 1. Applicants who wish to enter the program in January of an academic year must submit materials no later than October 15.