The University of Chicago | Graduate Admissions

Divinity School - MA

Division: Divinity School
Degree Type: AM

Program Description

The Divinity School offers programs of study leading to the degrees of Master of Arts (A.M.), Master of Arts in Religious Studies (A.M.R.S.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), and Master of Divinity (M.Div.).

The A.M. program is a two-year foundational program in the academic study of religion for students who wish to acquire the requisite skills to develop a research agenda for doctoral study, or to establish a basis for a career in such related fields as education, publishing, government service, nonprofit work, etc.


Application Method

Applications should be initiated through the online application.


Deadline for admissions and financial aid: December 15

Campus Visits

The Department does not require interviews for applicants, but you are welcome to visit campus, sit in on classes, and meet with current students and faculty. You are welcome to contact faculty with questions. To arrange a campus visit, contact the Office of the Dean of Students.

Degree Objective

The Divinity School offers an AM in Religious Studies. It offers several types of degrees in various fields within the study of religion.

Application Requirements

  1. Online Application Form and Supplemental Form
  2. Non-refundable application fee
  3. References: 4 letters of reference should be included with your application.
  4. Graduate Record Examinations and TOEFL Scores: Graduate Record Exam scores (general test only) are required of all applicants, including those with previous MAs. For information on additional examinations required of some international applicants, see the Test Requirements page on the Divisional website. The University GRE code is1832.
  5. Statement of Academic Purpose: All applicants must submit an essay reflecting intellectual influences and professional goals.
  6. Transcripts: Official transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions should be submitted with your application.

Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions are released in early March. No decisions will be given by phone or email.

Program Requirements

  1. Two years of Scholastic Residence.
  2. Demonstration of competence in French or German.
  3. 15 courses, including the following:
  • Satisfactory completion during the first year of study of the course Introduction to the Study of Religion.
  • Satisfactory completion of one additional course from each of the three committees of the faculty. Selected courses in each area of study have been designated by the faculty as appropriate in meeting this requirement. These courses have been so noted in the web-based listing of Divinity School courses for each academic quarter.

Unless otherwise indicated, satisfactory completion signifies work completed at the level of "B-" or higher.

Costs & Financial Aid

Quarterly Tuition Fee: $10,000

AM students are eligible for financial aid for two years of Scholastic Residence. The award that is made at the time of admission for the initial year automatically will be renewed for the second year.

Divinity School financial aid awards, which are based on academic promise, consist of partial- and full-tuition scholarships and a small number of fellowships that cover the student's full tuition and provide a stipend toward living expenses. These awards are direct grants that require no service to the University in exchange.

The Committee on Admissions and Aid seeks to provide continuing support at a level consistent with the student's academic performance and financial aid eligibility. The Committee makes awards on the basis of a full-time academic program, unless otherwise specified in the financial aid application.