Religious Education
Application Deadlines
Spring:December 1
Contact Information: 
370 JSB
Program Requirements: 

The Religious Education MA program is open only to full-time teachers in the LDS Church Seminaries and Institutes System (S&I) who have at least one year of employment in the system.  The degree is designed to provide advanced preparation for teaching in the LDS Church Seminaries and Institutes System. The core curriculum focuses primarily on six areas of study: Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Latter-day Saint history, and the teaching of religion and scripture. 

Religious Education admits a maximum of twelve students to the program in even numbered academic years. Applicants must be currently employed as either a full-time LDS Seminary or Institute teacher and have permission from their Seminaries and Institute Region Director before applying.  Course work begins spring term. The program is designed to be completed in three years (two for course work and one for the culminating project).  

Requirements for Degree

  • Credit hours (41): minimum 31 course work hours plus 6 project hours (Rel E 698R).
  • Required courses: RelE 500, RelE 501, RelE 595, RelE 606, RelE 608, RelE 609, RelE 610, RelE 611, RelE 621, RelE 624, RelE 625, RelE 632, RelE 640, RelE 650, RelE 698R.
  • Project. The project prospectus must be approved by the student's faculty committee and program and college administrators. Project committees must include at least three members selected from the Religious Education graduate faculty or other approved academics.
  • Examinations: written examination of course work and oral defense of project.
Admission Requirements: 

Required Tests


Additional Requirements

  • Personal qualifications will be considered.
  • Only full-time teachers in the LDS Church Seminaries and Institutes System (S&I) who have at least one year of employment in the system will be considered for admission.
  • Written approval to apply from your CES Assistant Administrator.
  • One letter of recommendation from your CES Area Director.
  • Two letters of recommendation from an academic source outside of CES.
Program Outcomes: 

Content Mastery

Demonstrate an increasing understanding of the scriptures, doctrine, and history and practices of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Teaching Skills

Teach students the doctrine and principles of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, as found in the scriptures and the words of the modern prophets.

Study Skills

Demonstrate and teach how to study a scriptural, doctrinal, or historical text, and be able to critically evaluate source material in the search for answers and resolutions that build faith in the teachings, doctrines, practices, and history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Research and Writing Skills

Demonstrate an increasing ability to research and write about the scriptures, doctrines, and history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Evaluation Skills

Evaluate approaches, methods, and philosophies for teaching and researching religion; e.g., scriptural texts.

Program Stats

Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
Total Students 19
International 0
Female 2
LDS 19
Non-White 1
BYU Undergraduate 10
Three Year Average Test Scores of Admitted Student
GRE Composite Score 296.8
GRE Quantitative Score 138.4
GRE Quantitative Percentile 40.9
GRE Verbal Score 158.3
GRE Verbal Percentile 78.2
GRE Analytical Score 4.3
GRE Analytical Percentile 67.8
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree 3.6
Graduated Per Year 5.7
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year 23.0
Admitted Per Year 13.0
Percent Admitted 56.52
Average GPA 3.46