What will I learn?

The Department of Religious Studies' doctoral program prepares students to become specialists in the study and teaching of religion and in the dissemination of new knowledge in religious studies and related fields. This advanced training can be put to use within either academic or alternative career settings.

The Ph.D. program is interdisciplinary in nature and may involve historical, anthropological, philosophical, literary, art-historical, or other methods of study, depending on individual goals. Students work closely with their advisor and other Religious Studies faculty members. They are also strongly encouraged to work with faculty members in other UI departments, who specialize in related areas and can serve on Ph.D. committees. Many of our students have worked with the faculty of Anthropology, English, History, and Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures, as well as Philosophy, Classics, and other departments.

Training in methodology and a range of approaches to the study of religion are provided in the course Methods and Theories in the Study of Religion, in courses taught by faculty of different areas, and in courses offered in other departments. Research skills are developed through the writing of seminar papers and the dissertation prospectus.

It is the expectation that Ph.D. students will complete their studies in six years (five for those who come in with an M.A. and are able to transfer credit).

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 72 semester hours of graduate credit)

Tuition fees
US$30,549.50 per year
Start date

Expected August 2022

Venue

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

240 Schaeffer Hall,

University of Iowa,

IOWA CITY,

Iowa,

52242, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from a Regionally Accredited American College or University, or an equivalent degree from another country; A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00, or the foreign equivalent. English Language Requirements: IELTS score of 7.0, with no subscore less than 6.0; PTE minimum score of 68 with no subscore less than 58; TOEFL scores below 100; a score of 550 or higher on the paper-based (PBT) version of the test, or a score of 81 or higher on the Internet-based version of the test (iBT).

For international students

A U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions with a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00.

English Language Requirements:

An IELTS (International English Language Testing System) total score of 7.0, with no sub score less than 6.0.

TOEFL score requirements with score of 81 or higher on the Internet-based version of the test (iBT) and newly admitted graduate students who present iBT scores below 100 on the PBT.

TOEFL score requirements with score of 550 on Paper-based test (PBT) and newly admitted graduate students who present TOEFL scores below 600 on the PBT.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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