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Religion Graduate Program

  • Earn Your Way In

    Excel in 3 Degree Courses to Qualify for Admission

  • Format

    Online for 2021-2022

  • Average Course Tuition


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Explore the history, texts, and functions of religion within different societies and cultures.

Gain a deeper understanding of the historical and contemporary issues around religion.

What You'll Learn

Through the master’s degree in the field of religion you:

  • Develop an understanding of the historical origins, central teachings, and devotional practices of the major religious traditions.
  • Build knowledge of religion’s role in political, economic, and cultural life through historical, social, and cultural contexts.
  • Earn an optional certificate in religions of the world, religious studies and education, or social justice

Your Harvard Degree
Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Extension Studies, field: Religion.

Going back to school doesn’t have to mean putting your life on hold. We’ve designed our courses, certificates, and degrees to give you the flexibility to pace your studies to fit your schedule.

  • 45

    Average Age

  • 1-2

    Courses Taken Each Semester

  • 78%

    Work Full Time

  • 94%

    Would Recommend the Program

  • 10 Years

    Professional Experience

  • Most

    Pursued For Personal Enrichment

Getting Started: Admissions and Degree Requirements

At Harvard Extension School, your admission is based largely on your performance in three specific Harvard Extension courses that you complete before submitting an application.

To get started, we invite you to explore degree requirements, confirm your initial eligibility, and learn more about our unique “earn your way in” admissions process.

Cost and Financial Aid

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

Our Tuition (2021–22 rate) $2,980 per 4-credit course ($745 per credit)
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $35,760

After admission, you may qualify for financial aid. Typically, eligible students receive grant funds to cover a portion of tuition costs each term, in addition to federal financial aid options.