Religions of the World, Postgraduate Certificate | Online (optional) | Harvard University | Cambridge, United States
Postgraduate Certificate On Campus Online

Religions of the World

18 months
8266 USD/year
8266 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.

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

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.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

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

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    8266 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12400 USD for the full programme during 18 months.
  • National

    8266 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12400 USD for the full programme during 18 months.

Living costs for Cambridge

1814 - 3756 USD /month
Living costs

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