The graduate certificate in Religious Studies offers in-depth grounding in key religions and traditions. Upon completion, you'll have gained a strong foundation in two major world religious traditions, theoretical approaches to the study of religion and knowledge of major issues in a particular religious tradition or aspect of religion. 

This certificate is designed for students currently enrolled in graduate programs in fields other than religious studies, as well as working professionals looking to enhance their credentials or expand their expertise in a new direction. Credits earned through the program can also apply toward the Religious Studies master's degree.

Students who successfully complete the program requirements will be awarded a graduate certificate. The program adheres to U.S. federal guidelines mandating 24-credit hours of graduate-level coursework.

The graduate certificate in religious studies provides:

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    In-depth learning with our renowned faculty across major world religions and traditions

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    Electives and flexible programming to tailor the certificate to your specific interests and needs

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    Experiential learning opportunities that connect classroom work to site visits at Denver-area faith communities

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    Exposure to foundational theories and major issues in the study of religion, which prepare you for further graduate study or career work


DU's graduate certificate in religious studies deepens your understanding of our interconnected world.

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Graduate Certificate Requirements

The graduate certificate program allows students structured flexibility, providing exposure to religious traditions through the religious traditions requirement, training in the discipline of religious studies with the theory requirement, and the opportunity to pursue particular interests through elective courses. You'll take: 

  • Two 4-credit Religious Traditions courses (Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, etc.)
  • One 4-credit Theory course (Political Theology, Psychology of Religion, Religious Ethics, Globalization and Religion, etc.)
  • Three 4-credit 3000-level electives (Dead Sea Scrolls, Sufism, Religion and Media, Mormonism, Religion and Race in the U.S., etc.)

See the DU Graduate Bulletin for more information on the certificate program.

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Carl A. Raschke

Carl A. Raschke

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Dheepa Sundaram

Dheepa Sundaram

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Jason Jeffries

Jason O Jeffries

Assistant Professor, African American Religions and Critical Theory

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