The non-profit, non-governmental University of Religions and Denominations(URD), established by a group of Shiite seminary intellectuals in 1994 in Qom, Iran, as a unique center of its kind in the world, hereby, formally announces its readiness to accept students from all nationalities around the world (in the framework of relevant domestic laws) for MA and PhD degrees in the subjects below:
Study at URD
The non-profit, non-governmental University of Religions and Denominations(URD),established by a group of Shiite seminary intellectuals in 1994 in Qom, Iran, as a unique center of its kind in the world, hereby, formally announces its readiness to accept students from all nationalities around the world (in the framework of relevant domestic rules) for MA and PhD degrees in the subjects below:
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Faculty of Shiite Studies:
History of Shia
History of Sects of Shia
History of Twelver Shia
Faculty of Islamic Denominations:
Theological Denominations of Islam
Jurisprudential Denominations of Islam
Comparative Study of Islamic Denominations
Faculty of Mysticism:
Sufism and Islamic Mysticism
Islamic Mysticism and the Thoughts of Imam Khomeini
Religions and Mysticism
Faculty of Women and Family:
Theoretical Gender Studies
Comparative Study of Women in Religions
Women Rights In Islam
Women and Family
Faculty of Religions:
Comparative Study of Religions
Faculty of Philosophy:
Islamic Philosophy and Theology (Kalaam)
Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy of Ethics
Research-based PhD degree for foreign students
The University of Religions and denominations is the only technical center for studying religions and denominations which has, after roughly two decades, had profound effect in increasing the awareness regarding various religions and denominations and having interaction with their followers in an academic atmosphere. Benefiting from the most experienced professors in its technical fields, this University provides unique circumstances for studying religions and denominations.
The University of Religions and denominations accepts PhD students in 16 different majors including:
The University of Religions and Denominations is honored to be the first university to be allowed by the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology to accept non-Iranian students for research-based PhD courses.
1. Primary registration at website for the Student Affairs organization at the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, http://www.saorg.ir
Having entered to this website, students can refer to non-Iranian students part and fill out the required forms. Scanned MA degree, BA transcript, passport and photo are required. Following the registration and choosing the major, a tracking code is offered to the applicant which must be given to the university. (Mr. Eivazi: Email: Eivazy@Urd.ac.ir, Telegram no: 00989034178086)
2. In addition to the registration, applicants, in cooperation with the related group, are required to provide their research plan and present it to be evaluated. Final permission for registration is issued after the confirmation of the plan.
3. Applicants ought to refer to the University of Religions and denominations for final registration.
Address: Across form Imam Sadiq Mosque, Mowlavi Blvd. Pardisan, Qom.
Those who are interested can contact Mr. Eivazi for more information.
In case the University is granted the permission to offer any other majors, it will be publicized.
Applicants of MA degree are required to pay Seven hundred USD per semester.
Applicants of PhD degree are required to pay two thousand USD per semester.
Note: The paid fees cover the accomadation and one meal a day.
How to Apply Online:
In order to apply for the above mentioned courses you are just required to do the three simple steps below:
First Step: Fill in the Identification form through the link below
Second Step: Fill in the application form of foreign students, at the website of Iran,s Ministry of higher education, through the link below.(To do this step easier, click on the tutorial images below, in order, to preview each page you are going to face in the website)
Third Step: Send an E-mail to our correspondent at the office for foreign students admission, to firstname.lastname@example.org containing the Registeration Code you get at the end of the second step. (see the last tutorial image).
Note: After your dispatched information and documents verified, you will be interviewed via Skype.
The advantages of being accepted
Getting a low-cost but valid and rich degree in Shiite Studies
Learning Persian for free in a six-month language course
Having the chance to visit and live in the city of Qom, center of Shiite knowledge, in an atmosphere of true security, freeom and respect.
University of Religions and Denominations
Deputy for International Relations
office for foreign students admission
The University of Religions & Denominations, the first of its kind in Iran, is an offshoot of the Islamic Seminary established to train experts and conduct research in these very fields. While striving to introduce Islam in the light of the teachings of the Holy Prophet’s Household ... more