Our application and admission process is committed to evaluating applications holistically based on a student’s ability to successfully undertake the rigors of graduate study and contribute meaningfully to our classroom conversations and academic community.
Students who wish to apply to the Religious Studies program must meet the following admission requirements.
- A baccalaureate or professional degree (or equivalent foreign credential) from a U.S. college or university.
- Possess a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale. If your GPA does not meet this minimum, and feel that your GPA is not an indicator of your potential to succeed in our program, we still encourage you to submit an application and provide a brief statement explaining the circumstances that affected your GPA. This statement can be included as part of the online application.
Online Application +-
All applicants must submit an online Graduate Application.
All applicants are required to submit an application essay. You may upload it to your online application or submit it at a later time as an attachment via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Essay Prompt: In a 2-3 page essay, please describe your interest in theology and/or religious studies. Though you may include as much information as you would like, be sure that you address the following questions in your response:
- What are the primary areas of interest that you would like to pursue and why would you like to pursue them?
- What has led you to want to study theology or religious studies?
- How would you like to utilize the degree once you have completed it?
Please outline your educational and professional experiences, including any relevant research and experiences.
All applicants must submit official transcripts from all colleges, universities, and post-secondary institutions attended.
Important: Transcripts must be issued and sent directly from the institution to the Graduate Admission Office in order for them to be considered official. Copies of transcripts mailed or hand-delivered by applicants will be considered unofficial.
Official transcripts may be sent to Mount Saint Mary’s University in one of two ways.
Mount Saint Mary’s University
Graduate Admission Office
10 Chester Place, Mailbox 181
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Please instruct your institution to submit secure, electronically-delivered transcript to email@example.com.
Unofficial transcripts can be accepted for admission review purposes. If admitted, students must submit official transcripts by the time class registration opens for the following semester to ensure continuance in the program. Scanned, unofficial copies can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Transcript Credential Evaluation
Transcripts from international institutions must be evaluated by a professional agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services [hyperlink to Naces: https://www.naces.org/members]]. Evaluations must indicate the type of degree received, the U.S. equivalency of the degree, the date the degree was conferred, and a cumulative grade point average based on the U.S. equivalent 4.0 scale.
Letters of Recommendation+-
Two (2) letters of recommendation are required from academic or non-academic sources. Your recommenders will receive a link inviting them to upload their letters of recommendation after you enter their information on the online application. Alternatively, your recommenders can send their letters as an attachment via email to email@example.com. Recommenders should comment on an applicant’s ability to perform in the program’s required coursework and potential to succeed in graduate school, in general.
Please Note: The MSMU Graduate Admission Office policy is that unless the recommender has been notified in advance that the student has not waived their right to view the letter, all letters of recommendation are held confidential and a copy may not be provided to the student by the university.
In addition to submitting a full application, applicants who are under consideration for admission may be invited to an in-person interview with the academic director and/or a faculty member as part of the admission decision process.
Admission interviews are by invitation only, and an invitation to interview is not a guarantee of admission to the program.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is NOT required.
For Questions or Assistance
For questions or assistance related to the graduate application process, please contact the Graduate Admission Office at 213-477-2800 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact Dr. Melissa Pagan, Academic Program Director, at email@example.com.