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Rice University

Department of Religious Studies

Houston, TX

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Rice University

Overview

Rice University / Department of Religious Studies is located in Houston, TX, in an urban setting.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Psychology of religion
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) African-American religions
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Ghosticism, esotericism, mysticism
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) The Bible and beyond
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Jewish thought and philosophy
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Islam
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Contemplative studies
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) African religions
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Modern Christianity in thought and popular culture

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 5
Doctoral Degrees 2

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
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required

Admissions

Acceptance Rate

42
Applied
6
Accepted
6
Enrolled
14%

Applying

70
Application Fee - Domestic
Yes
Electronic
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline January 1st January 15th No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE
Doctoral Degree Requirements Letters of recommendation, writing sample

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 600
TOEFL IBT score: 90

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards May 15

Student Body

37
Total Graduate Students
24%
International Breakout (representing other countries)

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 0%
Black or African American 24.32%
White or Caucasian 48%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2.7%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races Not Reported
Unknown 0%

Gender

Male (64%)
Female (35%)

Faculty

13
Total faculty
Full-time - 11
Part-time - 2
Male (8)
Female (5)

Research

Focus of faculty research: Origins and historical development of Islam, history of Christianity, the study of comparative religion, African-American religion, religion and culture
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year:
46,514

Location & Contact

Address 6100 Main Street
PO Box 1892
Houston, TX  77251-1892
United States
Contact Prof. William B. Parsons
Associate Professor
Email: pars@rice.edu
Phone: 713-348-2712
Fax: 713-348-5486

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