Dedman College of Humanities Sciences

Graduate Studies in Religious Studies

Website: http://smu.edu/gprs
Phone: 214-768-2432 or 1-888-THEOLOGY, select 2, then 3
Department Contact: vduran@smu.edu

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Department Faculty

http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/Academics/Departments/ReligiousStudies/Graduate/GPRSFaculty


The Graduate Program in Religious Studies comprises programs of study leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. 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. The M.A. degree program also aims to accommodate the qualified nonprofessional student interested in advanced work in religious studies within the context of the liberal arts and sciences. Faculty members from Perkins School of Theology and from the Department ofReligious 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.

Admission Requirements

  • BA or equivalent from accredited institution
  • GPA: 3.00 or better on 4.00 scale
  • GRE: 1200 or better (verbal+ quantitative)
  • Sufficient previous study in religion or related areas to satisfy program requirements TOEFL (non-native speakers of English): 79-80 internet / 210 computer / 550 paper, prefer 100/250/600 or better

Degrees Offered

Specialization in one of the following areas:

  • Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • History of the Christian Tradition
  • Religious Ethics
  • Religion and Culture
  • Systematic Theology

Ph.D.

  • 48 hours course work
  • Research proficiency in two foreign languages (Biblical studies: also Hebrew and Greek)
  • Four comprehensive examinations
  • One semester practice teaching
  • Dissertation

M.A.

  • 30 hours course work
  • Research proficiency in one foreign language
  • Thesis

Deadlines for Admission

December 31