Frequently Asked Questions


Can I submit my recommendation letters via mail?
Prospective students are encouraged to submit recommendation letters using Populi. In cases where this is not possible, signed letters of recommendation in letterhead and sealed envelopes should be mailed to registrar’s office.

What is the admissions deadline?
While RGS will continue to receive applications for the Fall 2016 until the beginning of the semester, prospective students should apply as early as possible to ensure that their applications are reviewed in a timely fashion before the classes begin. Note also that the deadline for financial aid applications is August 1.

What is the policy on transferring credits?
Applicants interested in transferring credits from their previous study may do so for up to 9 credits. Graduate coursework taken at another institution with a grade of B or better may be included in the MAIS program with the approval of the Dean of Academics.

I am an international student. How can I apply?
RGS requires that all international students obtain proper visa status prior to attending our program. RGS is currently unable to issue forms I-20 for international students to apply for F-1 visa status at a US embassy or consulate, which is needed for entry into the US. Without the proper visa status, therefore, applicants will not be eligible for the program. You can be enrolled in our program if you already have an acceptable visa status that will allow you to study in the US.

Do you offer financial aid?
Applicants who plan to apply to the Financial Aid Program may follow the procedures on the Financial Affairs webpage. Acceptance to the Financial Aid Program is a separate procedure from the application to the MAIS degree program. Note that the deadline for financial aid applications is August 1, 2016.

Do you have a TOEFL cut-off?
Applicants whose native language is other than English and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate program in an English-speaking country must submit a valid IBT TOEFL score of no less than 80. Applicants who do not meet the TOEFL requirement may be granted provisional admission at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

Must I have completed my bachelor’s degree in Islamic or Religious Studies in order to apply; and would a degree in those fields improve my chances of admission? 
Applicants to the MAIS program are not required to have prior education in a relevant field, neither will extend such students a preferential treatment. RGS values academic diversity and believes that students with diverse undergraduate experiences will offer rich intellectual perspectives.

Can I take classes without applying to the program?
Yes. Prospective students interested in taking graduate courses without enrolling in the MAIS program can enroll in courses by completing the non-degree (non-matriculated) student application. Click here for more on our non-degree application requirements.

Do non-degree applicants need to hold a bachelor’s degree?
No.

What happens after I complete and submit my online application to the MAIS program?
Upon completion of the application, the applicant will receive an email describing the status of their application and the expected time frame for a final decision.