Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you are able to apply to the Ph.D. program with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. However, most applicants to the Ph.D. program already have or are completing a master’s degree.

The deadline for applying to the Graduate Religious Studies Program is January 6th.

No, you will be notified of departmental financial aid at the same time as you receive admission decision.

However, the FAFSA may be filed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov beginning January 1 and should be filed by applicants no later than February 15.

Applicants can expect notification of their acceptance status by early March. If an applicant is wait-listed, s/he will be notified by April 15.

No, we only accept applications for the fall term.

No, we do not accept deferrals of admission. You are, however, encouraged to reapply in the following admissions cycle and will be given equal consideration.

Your offer of acceptance package will include an accept/decline offer form that you will complete, sign, and return accordingly.
Generally, on-campus housing is not available for graduate students.

Prospective students may schedule a campus visit during the fall semester. If you are interested in doing so, please click on this link and fill out the Religious Studies Programs - Request for Campus Visit form. 

Additionally, after applications have been evaluated each year, accepted students will be invited to SMU for an introduction to what the program has to offer. This will allow candidates to assess whether there is a good match between the student and his or her prospective program.

See maps of campus and driving directions on the University website.