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Religious Studies Graduate Program

As one of the first state universities to establish a Department of Religious Studies, Indiana University has a long and distinguished tradition of graduate education in the study of religion. Our program combines the personal attention and flexibility of a smaller program with the vast opportunities for language study, interdisciplinary endeavors, and teaching experience of a large public research university. As a faculty, we are committed to a study of religious texts and traditions that incorporates the diversity not only of the world's religions but also of the scholarly methods and approaches with which we study them. You will find among us historians, philologists, ethnographers, philosophers, ethicists, theorists of religion, literary scholars, and others whose work defies such labels. Despite the relative youth of our doctoral program, our graduates have been remarkably successful at landing high quality tenure-track jobs and major post-doctoral fellowships. Our graduates have published numerous books, from prestigious presses.

Explore our Web site for degree requirements for Ph.D., Ph.D. minor, or M.A., the research and teaching interests of our faculty, placement information, dissertations completed and in progress, and the opportunities for advanced study here at Indiana. You will also find links to the University Graduate School and its online application process.

Our annual deadline for applications is December 15 (non-U.S. citizens should apply by December 1 through the Office of International Admissions.) If you have any questions about our program or if you would like to arrange a meeting with our Director of Graduate Studies, Jeremy Schott, or other faculty members during a visit to Bloomington, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Please consult the University Graduate School Bulletin for detailed information about University and departmental requirements.