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Religion and Society Graduate Certificate

Build a multidisciplinary foundation for understanding the complex religious influences in modern societies at the local, national, and global level.

  • Format

    Online with On-Campus Options

  • Courses


  • Tuition


  • Next Start Term: Fall 2024

    Registration Opens July 22

What You'll Learn

  • Apply an interdisciplinary, multicultural, and critical theory methodology to the study of religion in society from a nonsectarian perspective. 
  • Understand the historical origins, central teachings, devotional practices, and social/political influences of religious traditions. 
  • Explore ways that religions shape—and are shaped by—society, culture, and politics.  
  • Consider the ways in which a foundation of religious literacy can improve the ability of professionals in the public and private sectors to work effectively.

Certificate Courses

The graduate certificate in Religion and Society requires 4 courses:

  • 2 core certificate courses
  • 2 certificate elective courses

Pre-Register for Fall 2024

Fall registration opens July 22 at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. Prepare early by:

  • Creating your MyDCE student account.
  • Completing the pre-registration steps.
  • Saving courses to your cart.

How to Pre-Register

Earning Your Certificate

Most of our certificates can be completed online and no formal application process is required to pursue a certificate.

To meet the requirements for the certificate, you must:

  • Complete the four certificate courses for graduate credit.
  • Earn at least a B grade in each course.
  • Complete the courses within three years.

Learn more about pursuing a certificate and the process of requesting your certificate.

Stack Your Certificate Into a Degree

Stackable credential pathways allow you to earn multiple credentials by completing courses that meet overlapping requirements. In the short term, you can earn your religion certificate. Once completed, those four courses put you a third of the way toward earning a master’s degree in religion.

This stackable pathway offers an efficient, cost-effective way to earn short-term credentials to help fill immediate skill gaps and acquire specialized knowledge while building a foundation for long-term success that showcases your expertise in the field.

Learn how to plan a stackable credential pathway.


Affordability is core to our mission. When compared to our continuing education peers, it’s a fraction of the cost.

Our Tuition (2024–25 rate) $3,340 per course
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $13,360