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Religion Graduate Program

  • Earn Your Way In

    Excel in 3 Degree Courses to Qualify for Admission

  • Format

    Online for 2020-21

  • 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.

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%

    Working Full Time

  • 94%

    Would Recommend the Program

  • 10 Years

    Professional Experience in the Field

  • Most

    Pursued For Personal Enrichment

Admission and Getting Started

Here at Harvard Extension, you begin your coursework before you even apply. Why? Because we believe the best way to prove you can succeed in the program is by first succeeding in the classroom.

To get started, you take the following three courses. Earn at least a B in each to qualify for admission.

  • 1 religion course
  • 1 religion elective (e.g., EXPO 42a)
  • HUMA 100 Proseminar: Introduction to Graduate Studies and Scholarly Writing in the Humanities

Ready to take the next step? Check your admissions eligibility, explore the curriculum, and prepare to enroll in your first course.

See the schedules in the academic calendar.

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 (2020–21 rate) $2,900 per course
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $35,000

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.