We accept applications to three graduate degree programs:
MA/PhD – for applicants who hold a BA or BS degree. (We do not accept applications to this MA as a stand-alone, terminal degree.)
PhD – for applicants who hold an MA degree in Religion or a related discipline.
MA Plan 2 – for applicants seeking rigorous exposure and training in the academic study of religion in preparation for further study, or for professional career enhancement.
Applicants are admitted on a competitive basis; our admission policy is based on intellectual potential and promise, academic records, and programmatic fit. Undergraduate GPA must be a minimum of 3.0, and current scores from the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required. A writing sample is also required.
Applications are only accepted for Fall Quarter admission to the program —
Deadline: December 5, 2017 for academic year 2018-19.
NOTE: Due to system disruptions caused by the wildfire in Ventura, the application deadline has been extended 24 hours. The new deadline is December 6, 11:59 pm (Pacific Standard Time).
The portal for online applications is open!
How to Apply
For details on how to apply, please see the university’s Graduate Division web site,
Apply online at: https://www.graddiv.ucsb.edu/eapp/.
Application Requirements to be Submitted ONLINE:
- Statement of Purpose
- Personal Achievements/Contributions
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae
- Three letters of recommendation (4th letter optional)
- Writing sample
Frequently Asked Questions:
For answers to the most frequently asked questions concerning the application and admissions process, please refer to these topics: