Graduate Program

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Graduate Program in Religious Studies

Welcome to the webpage of the Graduate Program in Religious Studies (GPRS) at SMU! You are invited, whether a prospective student or a current member of our community (student, graduate, faculty, or friend), to peruse the information here and learn more about our program and community.

If you are a prospective student, please check out the Frequently Asked Questions page, learn more about current students and faculty, and read about our financial aid packages. I encourage you to contact me and to email students in your field and faculty members with whom you would like to study.

If you have questions about the program, please contact the Program Coordinator Pamela Hogan or fill out the inquiry form below. If you apply for admission by December 20, 2019, the $75 application fee will be waived. Final due date is January 6th, 2020.

The Graduate Program in Religious Studies comprises programs of study leading to the MA and PhD degrees. The primary goal of both degree programs is to prepare persons for academic leadership in the field, and hence for professional careers as teacher-scholars in colleges, universities, and schools of theology.

We are fortunate to have a first-rate faculty. Faculty members from Perkins School of Theology and from the Department of Religious Studies in Dedman College constitute the faculty of the program. Other departments and research centers in the university, such as the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, the Center for the Study of Latino Christianity and Religions, and the departments of History, Philosophy, and Anthropology, provide additional academic resources for its students. It is supported by the University's extensive library system, especially the renowned Bridwell Library, which has distinctive collections in religion and theology and state-of-the-art research facilities.

Welcome to the Graduate Program in Religious Studies.

Roy Heller



Roy Heller


Professor of Old Testament and Director of the Graduate Program in Religious Studies

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