The Graduate Department of Religion, a division within the Graduate School of Vanderbilt University, offers work toward the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in religion. All students enroll in one of nine primary areas listed below. In addition, a cross-disciplinary M.A. program is available.
General requirements for the degrees are provided in the Guidelines and Departmental Rules of the Graduate Department of Religion, and in addition each area has its own specific requirements. See also the Graduate School homepage where an application form, online catalog, and other information can be accessed. Below are general descriptions of emphases, requirements, and faculty of each field of study in the Graduate Department of Religion.
Fields of Study
- Critical Studies in Asian, Islamic, and Jewish Traditions
- Ethics and Society
- Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel
- Historical Studies
- Homiletics and Liturgics
- Jewish Studies (M.A.)
- New Testament and Early Christianity *
- Religion, Psychology, and Culture
- Theological Studies
The Program in Theology and Practice: Fellowships for Ph.D. Study in Religion at Vanderbilt
- Guidelines and Policies of the GDR
- Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines
- Electronic Thesis and Dissertations
- Language Requirements
- Guidelines for Dissertation Proposals
- Guidelines for International Students
*The New Testament program is not accepting applications this year.