Master of Arts in Divinity (MA)

Program Length   

The MA course of study can be completed in 2 years. Full-time enrollment is required for most students. 

Program Requirements:

Successful completion of a minimum of 15 courses, including DVSC 30400– Introduction to the Study of Religion, and one course in each of the three faculty committees

Demonstrated competence in either French or German through an exam or course from the  Chicago Language Center.

Admission Information

Admission into the MA Program is offered on a yearly basis. 

Application Deadlines:

January 15- Priority deadline

April 15- Second round deadline

August 1- Final round deadline*

Priority admission and aid decisions are released in early March. Second round admission and aid decisions are released in early May. Final round admission and aid decisions are released by August 15.

*Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible for Final round consideration. 

Application Materials

  • Divinity School Application for Graduate Admission
  • Personal Statement
  • Academic Transcripts
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE Scores
  • Current Resume or CV
  • Writing Sample, not to exceed 15 pages (encouraged but not required)
  • Application fee: $75 (waiver available)
  • International students: TOEFL or IELTS score. See our International Admissions page for more information. 

Financial Information     

Tuition is charged on a quarterly basis.

2018-2019 MA Tuition:              

$12,652: Full-time (3-4 courses)

$6,326: Half-time (less than 3 courses) 

The Divinity School offers merit-based scholarship for MA applicants. Awards are renewable for 2 years.

Eligible students may also apply for Federal Student Aid (student loans & work-study) by completing and submitting the FAFSA. Our school code is 001774.

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