Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

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The Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education (GRE) invites applications for admission from those serving the Church who seek to deepen their knowledge and ministerial competence, those preparing to seek employment at parish, school, and diocesan levels, and those seeking personal enrichment through the study of Christian faith or other denominations and world religions.

Degree Programs at a glance 
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PhD in Religious Education
Doctor of Ministry
M.A. in Religious Education 
M.A, in Pastoral Care
M.A. in Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Care
M.A. in Pastoral Studies
M.A. in Christian Spirituality
Advanced Certificate in Faith Formation
Advanced Certificate in Spiritual Direction
Advanced Certificate in Latino Ministry
Advanced Certificate in Christian Spirituality

Information on the degree and certificate programs offered by the School as well as financial aid, tuition costs and various other aspects of the School are found using the links on the left side of this page.

The application deadline 

Ph.D. in Religious Education:
 February 1, each year for Fall Admission

Doctor of Ministry:
 Rolling basis. Fall, Spring and Summer admissions. Priority dates for consideration:  Jan 15, April 15 or Nov. 1 each year.

Master's degree or Certificate programs: may be submitted at any time throughout the year, and will be considered on a "rolling" basis. There are no specific deadlines, and students may be admitted to any semester or online learning session. Although all applications will be considered, applicants are encouraged to allow sufficient time for review and registration planning  
A priority application deadline for Spring 2015 admissions was set for Monday, December 1, 2014.  Applications submitted later that this date will be considered depending upon committee availability and overall enrollment.

It is recommended that international students submit all application materials three months before the semester in which they wish to enroll in order to ensure sufficient time for the securing of a visa to study at Fordham University.

To contact the Admissions Dean call 718 817 4800 or email

ADMISSION Procedures
Information Sessions are scheduled to assist prospective students:
On Campus  On Line

The following steps should be taken to facilitate the process of acceptance to the degree programs:
  1. All applicants must complete the online application available here.   All documents submitted become part of the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education university files and will not be returned or duplicated for any purpose.
  2. All applicants are required to submit a brief personal statement as part of the application process.  An outline of this statement is provided in the on-line application. The applicant is required to upload the statement to the application.
  3. Request that the registrars of all colleges and universities you have previously attended send official transcripts directly to:
    Fordham University
    Graduate School of Religion and 
    Religious Education
    Keating Hall 303
    441 East Fordham Road
    Bronx, NY 10458

  4. Recommendations are sought from two professors or other significant professional persons under whom you have studied or worked. Please list the contact information for your recommenders on the appropriate page in the online application.
  5. Ph.D. in Religious Education applicants must provide scores of the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) as part of the Application for Admission to provide additional information regarding academic ability; the GRE may be substituted for this requirement.  No test results are required for any other degree or certificate program in the GRE.
  6. All applicants for whom English is a second language and who have not attended a college or university in a country where English is the language of instruction, must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System Test (IELTS). The application will not be considered without the result of one of these examinations.
For a list of Miller Analogies Testing          
Centers, contact:
Application forms for the GRE may be         
obtained by contacting:
Information regarding the TOEFL may be     
obtained by contacting:
 Harcourt Assessment, Inc. ETS Headquarters ETS Headquarters
 Miller Analogies Test Rosedale Road Rosedale Road
 PSE Customer Relations Princeton, NJ 08541 Princeton, NJ 08541
 19500 Bulverde Road (609) 921-9000 (609) 921-9000
 San Antonio, TX
 (800) 622-3231    

It is the responsibility of the applicant to make certain that all required supporting materials are submitted to the School for the application process.

New York State Law 2165 requires all students born on or after January 1, 1957 to demonstrate proof of immunity against measles, mumps and rubella. Students must submit documentation from their physicians or former school health officials stating that they have had the necessary vaccinations or copies of lab work (titers) demonstrating immunity from these diseases.

New York State Law 2167 requires all students to either received a meningitis vaccine or sign a wavier of refusal. All such documentation should be forwarded to the Health Center, Rose Hill campus, Thebaud Annex. Student Health Services.

Non-Matriculated Students
A special application form is available here for students seeking to attend the Graduate School without applying to a degree program. Testimony to the bachelor's degree should also be included. All students studying with the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education must have completed a bachelor's degree. More on Non-Matric Study...

Residence Facilities
Lay students should contact the office of Residential Life if they are interested in living in campus housing while studying at Fordham University.  Office of Residential Life.

Clergy members and those in a religious order may be eligible for special housing on campus and should contact the office of Residential Life (  to alert staff there of theirstatus.

International Students
International students considering applying to our school should be in contact with our 
Office of International Services (OIS) in regardsto immigration  and visa processing.

Campus Security
The Advisory Committee on Campus Security will provide, upon request, all campus crime statistics as reported to the U.S. Dept of Education. Fordham University campus crime statistics can be found by clicking here SAFETY and SECURTIY

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