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Religions of the World Graduate Certificate

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

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    Online and On Campus Options

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  • Tuition


  • Next Start Term: Fall 2024

    Registration Opens July 22

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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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.

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.


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