Students are encouraged to develop an area of concentration in the 18 credit hours of elective coursework. A maximum of six credit hours may be taken in independent study courses. Concentrations in areas of scholarship represented primarily in the Department of Religious Studies in Dedman College are especially welcome. Students whose main interests are in areas represented in the typical theological curriculum are advised to consider the Master of Theological Studies degree in Perkins School of Theology as an alternative to the M.A. degree in the Graduate Program in Religious Studies.
Demonstrating, by examination, a reading competence in an approved language other than English, relevant to the field of study.