How to Apply

Domestic Applicants / International Applicants / Continuing Students

Domestic Applicants (U.S. citizens & permanent residents)

Applicants should send hard copies of transcripts to the address below. If a recommender prefers to send a hard copy recommendation, please instruct the recommender to send the physical copy to the Department of Religious Studies by January 2.

Complete the online application by December 15. If you cannot access the online application, send hard copies of your materials to:

Indiana University Department of Religious Studies 

Graduate Office
Sycamore Hall, Room 230

Bloomington, IN 47405

Fax: (812) 855-4687

We will process your application only after the online application has been submitted and supporting materials are received.

Social Security Numbers

In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974 and Indiana Code 4-1-8, applicants for admission and enrolled students are advised that the requested disclosure of their Social Security numbers is voluntary. Students who do not provide the University with their Social Security number will be assigned a special nine-digit number. This number or the Social Security number will be used: a) to identify such student records as applications for admission, registration and course enrollment documents, grade reports, transcript requests, certification requests, and permanent academic records; and b) to determine eligibility, certify school attendance, and report student status. A student who wishes to apply for federal or state grants, loans, or other financial aid programs is required to supply a Social Security number. No student's Social Security number will be disclosed to individuals or agencies outside Indiana University except in accordance with the Indiana University Policy on Student Records.

International Applicants

Applicants must send official and complete academic records from each institution attended. These academic records must be sent to International Admissions, not to the Religious Studies Department. You must send one set of your documents in the original language and one set of the documents translated into English. See the International Graduate Application for Admission for more information on the documents required.

Complete the online application, then send all supporting materials by December 1 to:

Office of International Admissions

Indiana University
Poplars 221
400 E. Seventh Street
Bloomington, IN 47405

We will process your application only after the online application has been submitted and supporting materials are received.

English Proficiency

As above, all non-native English speakers who wish to be considered for financial aid of any type must demonstrate sufficient English proficiency by earning a score of at least 600 (paper test), 250 (computer test), or 79 (internet test) on the TOEFL.

To be eligible for a teaching assistantship, it is imperative that international students whose native language is not English demonstrate competency in written and spoken English. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you take the Test of Spoken English (TSE) examination as well as the TOEFL.

Office of International Admissions

The Office of International Admissions also provides information on the application process for international graduate students. This advice will assist you greatly in the application process.

Decisions on Admission

Applicants will be notified of the decision of the Admissions Committee as soon as possible. In a typical year, final notifications are sent out by early March at the latest.

You may check the status of your application at any time by sending e-mail to the Religious Studies Graduate Office at

Ethnic Information Policy

Ethnic information is gathered in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and is requested in reports required by the US Department of Education. However, you are not required to answer questions about ethnic origin, and refusal to answer will not affect admission.

Moving from the MA to the Ph.D.

Admission to our PhD program from our MA program is not automatic. If you are a current MA student in Religious Studies at IU who wishes to apply to the doctoral program, you must submit the same application materials and adhere to the same deadlines as external applicants.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy

Indiana University pledges itself to continue its commitment to the achievement of equal opportunity within the university and throughout American society as a whole. In this regard, Indiana University will recruit, hire, promote, educate, and provide services to persons based upon their individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on arbitrary consideration of such characteristics as age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
Indiana University shall take affirmative action, positive and extraordinary, to overcome the discriminatory effects of traditional policies and procedures with regard to the disabled, minorities, women, and Vietnam-era veterans. An Affirmative Action office on each campus monitors the university's policies and assists individuals who have questions or problems related to discrimination. For information on services for disabled persons, contact the Disability Services for Students at the Herman B. Wells Library W302, or Veterans Support Services, in the Indiana Memorial Union M084.