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Ph.D. in Religious Education Admissions Information/Requirements

Preferred Candidates

Although the Ph.D. admissions committee invites those with a background from a variety of fields of study and work experience, applicants who are most successful in earning a place to study in our Ph.D. in religious education program have

  • earned an M.A. in religious education, practical theology, pastoral ministry, religious studies, or equivalent;
  • earned a 3.5 GPA (graduate program);
  • experience working in the field of religious education as a teacher, catechetical leader, youth minister, pastor, pastoral associate, diocesan leader, curriculum developer, etc.;
  • a potential for making a strong contribution to the field of religious education as teaching scholars;
  • a clear career path moving forward after graduation;
  • strong writing and research capabilities.

If you would like more information as to whether or not this program is a good fit for you and your career/ministerial goals, contact us any time to set-up a meeting with one of our religious education faculty members.

Application Requirements

All who apply to the Ph.D. in Religious Education program must submit the following:

  • Online application
  • Personal statement
  • Current resume/CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • All academic transcripts
  • A 15-30 page writing sample
  • International transcript evaluation (for international students only)
  • TOEFL exam score (for international students only)
  • GRE score  (preferred) or MAT score

In addition to the above, applicants to this program may also be contacted for a phone or in-person interview.

For more detailed outlining of each of these requirements, please see our main Application Requirements page. International applicants should refer to our International Applicants page.


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Frequently Asked Questions 

Miller Analogies Test (MAT) and Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

All Ph.D. applicants must provide scores from either the GRE or the MAT.

Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
On the MAT exam, the Ph.D. admissions committee tends to look for a score of between 410 and 425.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
On the GRE, The Ph.D. admissions committee tends to look for a score between 160 and 170 on each of the two sections of the test. 

If my scores were lower, should I still apply?
Yes! The Ph.D. admissions committee looks at each applicant's application as a whole, and takes into account that some people do not show their strengths on standardized tests. So those who score slightly below the preferred scores are still encouraged to apply.

Is an interview required?

Is an interview required?

The admissions committee invites all finalists to an interview by videoconference.


The Ph.D. in Religious Education admissions committee accepts and reviews applications once a year, for Fall semester admission only. The application deadline is  February 1st.

Every effort will be made to extend decisions to all Ph.D. applicants by early March. However, should the committee be delayed for any reason, applicants will be kept informed as to when they might expect to receive a decision.