Religion Department

A highly selective, research-based program that focuses on the careful description and analysis of all forms of religion and religious behavior, Rice University's Religion Department offers a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in Religion that can be tailored to meet the needs and interests of each student.

A small department with a dedicated faculty deeply involved in scholarship of international scope while remaining attentive to the intellectual projects of individual students, our size allows graduate students to work closely with professors and to pursue their own original research. We offer significant financial support, training in specific religious traditions and methodologies and apprentice experience.

Graduate students in Rice's Religion Department have several outlets that are designed to prepare them for an academic career. To fulfill the department's apprentice experience, each student is expected to work in the department, assisting the department coordinator during the first year of study, and working with faculty members as research assistants during the second, third and fourth years of study. Limited funds are also available for Ph.D. students to attend conferences to present their research.

For more information, please visit the Religion Department website. Download the graduate study brochure and graduate program handbook.

Areas of Research

  • African Religions
  • African American Religion
  • The Bible and Beyond
  • Buddhism
  • Contemplative Studies
  • Islam
  • Jewish Thought and Philosophy
  • GEM (Gnosticism, Esotericism, Mysticism)
  • Modern Christianity in Thought and Popular Culture
  • Religion & Psychology

Degrees Offered:

M.A. in Religion

Ph.D. in Religion

The Department of Religion Contact Information

Professor April DeConick, Chair
225 Humanities Bldg
Phone: 713-348-5201
Fax: 713-348-5486