The Department of Religious Studies offers graduate programs leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in five major areas of specialization in doctoral studies. Questions regarding the graduate program, or the status of graduate applications, should be directed to Liz Smith (434-924-6706)
The M.A. program is designed to allow students to prepare for more advanced work, to pursue a personal interest, to explore vocational options, and/or to gain certification for secondary school instruction in religious studies. For more details, read the M.A. Degree Requirements.
The Ph.D. program is designed to train teachers and research scholars for the academic study of religion in universities, liberal arts colleges, and community colleges. For more details, read the Ph.D. Degree Requirements.
Note: Both the M.A. and Ph.D. programs may be of benefit also to persons engaged in religious vocations who wish to supplement their professional training with an academic graduate degree.