Religious Studies and Education

Harvard University

Postgraduate Certificate
24 months
7100 USD/year
7100 USD/year
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Jointly sponsored by Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Extension School, the Religious Studies and Education certificate from Harvard University provides educators a multidisciplinary foundation for approaching the study of religion in public school classrooms or in other educational settings focused on learning about religion.


The Religious Studies and Education certificate is offered by Harvard University.

Key learning outcomes:
  • Navigate and analyze the historical relationship between religion and public education in the United States, as well as contemporary views regarding the nature and purpose of public education and the roles of religion.
  • Apply an interdisciplinary, multicultural, and critical theory methodology to the study of religion from a nonsectarian perspective.
  • Develop lesson and unit plans for a wide range of educational settings.
  • Understand the historical origins, central teachings, devotional practices, and social/political influences of discrete religious traditions.
Earning the certificate

To meet the requirements for the certificate, you must:

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

Programme Structure

This certificate requires five courses:

  • Religion, Education, and Democracy (required course)
  • Methods in Religious Studies and Education (required course)
  • Electives (choose any three courses from select group)
Courses Include:
  • Exhibiting and Collecting Islamic Art: Toward a Critical History
  • History of Western Christianity, 100-1100
  • History of Western Christianity, 1100-1500
  • The Empire Strikes Back: Science Fiction, Religion, and Society
  • Bodies and Sexualities in the Medieval Middle East: Medical, Cultural, and Religious Views
  • Buddhism and Japanese Artistic Traditions
  • Motherhood in Religion and Myth
  • World Religions
  • Religion, the Arts, and Social Change
  • Religious Dimensions in Human Experience: Myth, Methods, Apocalypse, and Understanding the Sacred Good.

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Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




60 alternative credits



English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

No application is required. You simply register for graduate courses during our fall, spring, or summer registration periods.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14200 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    7100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14200 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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