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Religious Studies

For more information contact

Director of Graduate Studies
Graduate Program in Religion
Duke University
Box 90964
Durham, NC 27708-0964
(919) 660-3512




General Information

Degree offered:
A.M., Ph.D.
Faculty working with students:
Students receiving Financial Aid:
Part time study available:
Test required:
GRE General: Optional for 2021
Application Deadlines

Program Description

The Graduate Program in Religion offers degrees in the following fields: American Religion, Asian Religions, Christian Theological Studies, Early Christianity, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, History of Judaism, Islamic Studies, New Testament, Religion and Modernity, and World Christianity. Each field is described in detail on the web site where a field convener also is listed ( Inquiries related to specific fields should be directed to that individual. Applicants should make clear the specific area in which they wish to concentrate (for example, Medieval Islam, early Judaism, contemporary Christian ethics).

Students are required to take an internal and/or an external minor, which gives them the opportunity to work in areas that complement their primary intellectual agenda, both within the religion program as well as in areas outside the program (see GPR website for details by field). This structure allows students not only to strengthen their dissertation area, but also prepares them to be teachers and scholars. Because the program draws on the Department of Religion, the Divinity School, and other departments and professional schools in the University, it offers one of the most rigorous and wide-ranging Ph.D.'s in the country. An excellent job placement record has helped graduates obtain positions not only in teaching, but also in ministry, in publishing, and in educational administration.

Other Requirements
A sample (nonreturnable) of scholarly work of at least 15-20 pages, double spaced, should be submitted as part of the application process and should be uploaded in the Additional Information section of the application itself.


Spring Application