Overview & Prerequisites

The Master of Art in Religious Studies Program is currently undergoing some changes and applications are not being accepted at this time. Please contact Dr. Anastasia Wendlinder, for more information.

Dr. Anastasia Wendlinder
Co-Director, Graduate Program


Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in religious studies or with introductory courses in Old Testament, New Testament and Systematic Theology. If a program applicant has a B.A. degree without a major in religious studies, or has not completed the introductory course work, they can take three on-line prerequisite courses offered by the Gonzaga University Religious Studies Department. The Director can waive required courses when applicants have previously studied the areas in depth.

Program Requirements

In order to be certified as a full-time graduate student, students must be registered for a minimum of six credits per semester. Part-time students can take fewer credits. The maximum course-load for graduate students is nine credits per semester. All work accepted toward a degree is to be completed within a five year period from the date of acceptance into the program, or from the date of the earliest course accepted transfer credits, whichever occurs first.

Students in a degree program are required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Students who fail to maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average may be put on probation or dropped from the program. Credits which carry a letter of C-, D, F, AU, X, V, IP, RD or I will not be counted toward a graduate degree. Only authorized courses for a degree will be counted in computing the grade point average. Courses not authorized will appear on the transcript with a letter grade awarded but will not affect the graduate grade point average.

  • Everyone who has completed between 15-18 credits at the end of the semester must do the Candidacy Interview before they will be allowed to enroll in any other courses. Students must receive at least a 3.0 out of 4.0 grade to pass the Candidacy Interview and complete the degree.

  • The process is intended to affirm students in moving to the completion of their degree or indicate that they are not performing at a satisfactory level to complete graduate work here.
  • The Candidacy process involves a one hour oral interview with 3 members of the faculty. It is based upon questions that students receive in advance that have been prepared by faculty members who have taught the courses that students have taken.

Mailing Address:
Gonzaga University
Religious Studies Graduate Program
502 E. Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99258-0057

Phone: (509) 313-6782
Fax: (509) 313-5718

Location: Robinson House,
Room 102
Office Hours: Mon-Fri
8 a.m.-Noon & 1:00-4:30 p.m.