Degrees Offered

  • Ph.D.

Application Deadline

Fall 2019

January 15, 2019

Application Requirements

Please be sure to review the Graduate School Admissions Application Procedures page and the Admissions Requirements Checklist.


Please be sure to review the program's website for additional information on program application requirements.

Application Materials required:

  • Application Form
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Official Transcripts - required from all institutions from which the applicant has or will earn a degree (undergraduate, graduate, and/or associates) by the time of matriculation at Georgetown; unofficial non-degree coursework transcripts should be uploaded directly to the online application
  • Official Recommendations (3)
  • GRE Scores
  • TOEFL/IELTS Score (please see below)
  • Writing sample

Applicants should demonstrate or provide the following as part of their application:

Proof of highest degree earned in Theology, Religious Studies, or a related field;

A written sample of work, e.g., the master’s thesis or detailed research paper showing the applicants writing and analytical abilities;

An academic statement of purpose essay of approximately 3-4 pages: (1) articulating the nature of one’s interest in religious pluralism; (2) outlining how one’s previous education has provided preparation for a study of comparative and pluralist issues; and (3) indicating a general area of one’s future doctoral research.

Official hard copy transcripts should be mailed to the following address:

  • Office of Graduate Admissions
    Attn: Credentials - (Theological & Religious Studies)
    Box 571004
    3520 Prospect Street, NW, CB-207
    Washington, DC 20057-1004


The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for this program.  Georgetown University's score reporting code is: 5244. There is no minimum required score on the GRE.  Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution.  Information on registering to take the GRE can be found at:


All applicants are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Proficiency can be demonstrated by the receipt of a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction (please note that applicants receiving degrees at universities in U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, are required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS unless the primary language of instruction at the institution is English). All other applicants must achieve at least a minimum score on either the TOEFL or IELTS test. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications will not be considered without GRE or TOEFL/IELTS scores.

TOEFL: A minimum score of  550 (paper-based test) or 80 (iBT test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  TOEFL information:  

IELTS: A minimum score of 7.0 from the International English Language Testing System. IELTS Information:

Degree Requirements

  • Thirty-six credit hours, excluding dissertation
  • Two foreign languages
  • The program will normally take five years of full-time study -- two years of course work, six months to one year to prepare for the comprehensive examinations and two years for the dissertation