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University of California, Riverside

Department of Religious Studies

Riverside, CA


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University of California, Riverside


University of California, Riverside / Department of Religious Studies is located in Riverside, CA, in a suburban setting.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Master of Arts (MA)

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? No
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? Yes

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Entrance Exam GRE
1 Foreign Language
Comp Exam Required
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Comp Exam Required



Application Fee - Domestic
Application Fee - International
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline January 5th January 5th Yes

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE
Master's Degree Requirements 3 letters of recommendation from academic references, statement of purpose, personal history, scholarly acuity and interest in the critical questions of the discipline of religious studies
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE General Test
Doctoral Degree Requirements 3 letters of recommendation from academic references; statement of purpose; personal history; basic and advanced courses in religious studies, beginning work in foreign language and ability to work across methods, traditions, and disciplines

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 550
TOEFL IBT score: 80
IELTS: Recommended IELTS Paper score: 7

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards January 5
Types of financial support available Fellowships
Teaching Assistantships
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships


Focus of faculty research: American religions, southeast Asian religions, transnational Buddhism, modern Hinduism, gender theory, Sikh studies
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 3111 Interdisciplinary Building South
Riverside, CA  92521
United States

Phone: 951-827-1012