Religions of the World

Harvard University

Postgraduate Certificate
18 months
7573 USD/year
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Through this liberal arts graduate certificate in Religions of the World from Harvard University, you build knowledge to enhance your contextual understanding of the religious dimensions in human history and culture.


The "Religions of the World" professional graduate certificate is offered by Harvard University.

Gain insight into the historical origins, mythologies, cosmovisions, faiths, sacred architecture, rituals, and institutions of the world’s religious traditions.Key learning outcomes:
  • 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.
Earning the certificate

To meet the requirements for the certificate, you must:

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

Programme Structure

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

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
  • World Religions
  • Motherhood in Religion and Myth
  • 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
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


30 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

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).
7 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated 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.
100 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

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

    7573 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11360 USD for the full programme and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    7573 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11360 USD for the full programme and a duration of 18 months.
  • the average cost


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