Admissions Information

Admissions Information

We accept applications to three graduate degree programs:

  • MA/PhD – for applicants who hold a BA or BS degree.  (NOTE:  The MA in this program is earned on the way to the PhD objective.  If you are interested in only taking an MA degree please apply to the MA Plan 2.)
  • 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.  This MA degree does not transfer over into the PhD program at UCSB.

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.  A writing sample is also required.

Applications are only accepted for Fall Quarter admission to the program —

The application portal for Fall 2023 opens in September 2022.

Applications are due December 20.

How to Apply

For details on how to apply, please see the university’s Graduate Division web site,

Apply online at:

All Applicants:

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: