(for specific questions regarding the concentration in journalism and religion, please scroll down towards the bottom of the page)
How long does it take to complete the MA Program?
Typically students finish in 2 years time (4 semesters). Writing the thesis is undertaken in the second year with the first semester spent on research and preparation in close contact with the student's advisor and the second semester devoted to writing while also taking any remaining required courses.
What is the deadline for applying to your MA program?
We only accept applications from students who wish to start in the fall semester. For specific deadlines, refer to the GSAS Programs, Requirements and Deadlines.
What are the application requirements for your MA program?
All applicants are required to submit a complete application for admission which can be found on the Graduate Admissions web page. In addition to the application form questions, applicants mut submit academic transcripts, GRE test scores, an academic writing sample no longer than 25 double-spaced pages, 3 letters of reference that show you to us in such a way that we can see how you would fit into our program, an intellectually focused Statement of Academic Purpose that provides us with an indication of what you want to study and how that somehow matches with what we have to offer as well as a Personal Statement. Foreign students whose primary language is not English are also required to submit TOEFL scores for admission into the Graduate School.
What differentiates the Statement of Academic Purpose from the Personal Statement?
What type of individuals should apply to your MA program?
In our MA program, we are looking for individual's whose interest lies in studying religion, not as a matter of personal faith or salvation - for that, students should attend seminary or divinity schools - but as an important force in social life, and in the motivations of individuals in their social lives. Clearly, in the world today, religion figures even more prominently as a political force, but only and because it has such capacity to motivate people in their lives by providing them with profound senses of meaning. We specifically emphasize the historical, anthropological, sociological, and psychological approaches to the study of religion.
What score do I need on the GRE to be admitted? What GPA should I have?
We receive these questions a lot, and unfortunately we do not have an answer. While we require a good GRE score and a strong GPA, we do not have a cut-off number that you must be above in order to be admitted. Each part of your application - including the personal statement and 3 letters of reference - factors into the application process and our final decision.
Does your program offer funding to its MA students?
We are able to allay some of the expense of certain students' degrees by offering a partial tuition scholarship, thus reducing the total tuition paid. This assistance is offered at the time of acceptance to the program. It is based solely on the student's application and the amount varies according to the available funding. Other financial aid opportunities are available through the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS).
What is the GSAS Tuition Incentive Program?
The Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) gives students receiving external awards of $13,000 or more for the academic year from recognized, academic sources of funding the opportunity to apply for matching tuition points up to the amount of their award. Students receiving awards less than $13,000 can apply for matching tuition points up to 50 percent of the amount of their external award. Applications for the TIP program must be received in Graduate Enrollment Services (GES) by August 30th of the award year. Applications to TIP can be found by contacting GES at (212)995-8050.