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Religious Studies and Education, Postgraduate Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #3 (QS) , MA,
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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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      Regular mandatory meetings
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

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General Requirements

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

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6876 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13750 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    6876 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13750 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 1814 - 3760 USD/month
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