Graduate Program Statistics

Where is admissions statistics, department demographics, and job placement information?
Available from Graduate Division, here:

What jobs do alumni take?
The vast majority of alumni as recent as 1-5 years after graduation enter into academic employment, while a smaller number find private employment.

Detailed alumni job placement statistics (Source: Grad Div – pdf).

How many applications are filed each year? How many applicants are admitted?
The actual number varies with each application pool, and we sometimes have both a direct admit list and a wait list. The numbers are determined each year through consultation between the Chair of the department and the faculty. The Graduate Admissions Committee, headed by the Faculty Graduate Advisor and staffed with rotating members from the faculty, make the final selections in consultation with the entire religious studies faculty.

Religious Studies Graduate Degree Program Overview (Source: Grad Div – pdf)

How many applicants are admitted with funding?
Beginning with the 2015-16 cohort, we are admitting smaller MA-PhD cohorts with full funding for four to five years.  We are unable to offer financial aid to students in the terminal master’s program (MA II).

Note: Until recently the university required international students to pay Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition (NRST) until they advanced to candidacy.  The university’s new policy, which went into effect for the 2015-16 entering cohort, waives the NRST for international students after their first year as long as they meet appropriate time-to-degree standards.

How many graduate students are in your program?
We currently have approximately 70 graduate students enrolled in the program.  We anticipate that the total will decrease somewhat as we move to smaller, better funded entering cohorts.

How many applicants are admitted to the MA II program?
Generally we receive about twelve applications to the terminal master’s program, or MA II. We usually admit about five. This number varies quite a bit each year, and the applications are reviewed separately from the MA/PhD and PhD applications.

How competitive is entrance to the MA II program?
We review the applications to the MA II as strictly as all the other applications. Although the program is shorter and has fewer requirements, the applicants will still be attending regular graduate seminars and must demonstrate in their applications that they have the academic strength to participate fully in a graduate program. As seen in the statistics given above, however, typically a slightly higher percentage of applicants are admitted to the MA II. It is important that their academic goals match the goals outlined for the MA II program.

Last updated: 10/09/2015