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Religions of the World Graduate Certificate

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    No Application Required

  • Format

    Online and On Campus Options

  • Average Course Tuition

    $3,100

  • Courses

    4

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Gain insight into the historical origins of the world’s religious traditions.

Learn about the mythologies, faiths, sacred architecture, rituals, and institutions of a breadth of religions.

What You'll Learn

  • Understanding of the frameworks and methods through which to understand religion in different cultures, time periods, and societies.
  • Developing an understanding on how to read and interpret religious texts, artistic expressions, and ritual performances
  • Surveying the powerful roles that charismatic individuals and traditional institutions have played in social organization,  rapid social change, cultural transformation, and globalization in the modern world.
  • Examining the intersection of religious history, philosophy, culture, and lifestyle.

Our Community at a Glance

Together with your peers, you will build knowledge to enhance your contextual understanding of the religious dimensions in human history and culture.

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Earning Your 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.

Certificate Courses

The liberal arts graduate certificate in Religions of the World requires four courses.

You may choose any four courses from the Religions of the World certificate course group, using the certificate course search.

Ready to take the next step?

You can enroll in your first course in the:

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall

See the schedules in the academic calendar.

Search For Courses

To find courses that apply toward the certificate use DCE Course Search and Registration:

  • Under Search Classes, scroll to Harvard Extension Degree, Certificate, and Premedical Course Search.
  • Select Graduate Certificates.
  • Choose Religions of the World Graduate Certificate to explore program courses.

Cost

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

Our Tuition (2022–23 rate) $3,100 per 4-credit course ($775 per credit)
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $12,400