Online Graduate Certificate in Religious Studies
Online Courses at Hartford Seminary
It is a new era!
Now neither distance nor time need hinder you from taking courses at
Students can take Masters level courses online for credit or audit just like the face-to-face classes at Hartford Seminary.
All our courses are "asynchronous," which means that you can log on any time to participate.
Online courses have several benefits. If you live far away from the Seminary now you will be able to take our courses.
Online courses allow you to fit your educational work into your busy schedule.
And online education allows you to work independently and at your own pace.
Graduate Certificates at Hartford Seminary
Recognizing that flexibility is the key for today's student, Hartford Seminary offers an alternative in graduate learning: the Graduate Certificate.
This program provides students an opportunity for study without committing to a full degree program. Successful completion of 18 credits, or 6 courses, fulfills the requirements to earn a Graduate Certificate.
A Bachelor's degree (or its educational equivalent at a satisfactory level of achievement from an accredited institution) is a prerequisite for admission. You can print the application on this web site.
The application fee is $50. Full admission details are available in the graduate certificate section of this web site.
All credits earned in the Graduate Certificate program will be transferable into a Master's degree if you decide to continue studying at the Seminary and are admitted into the M.A. program.
Graduate Certificate in Religious Studies:
This certificate is intended for students who desire the greatest flexibility to meet their educational objectives. Students completing this graduate certificate will have constructed a coherent set of courses in collaboration with their faculty advisor.
Flexibility in course options:
In addition to online courses, you can obtain credits in other formats such as intensive one-week courses during January and June and travel seminars. These options make it easy for students to complete the requirements of the program at a distance from Hartford Seminary.
The Online Curriculum
Hartford Seminary offers at least two online courses each semester.
One course will be in Islamic studies, dialogue or interfaith relations.
The second will be in areas of study such as: Scripture, Ministry, Religion and
Society, History, Spirituality, Theology and Ethics.
Students enrolled in the online graduate certificate in religious studies will:
- Understand the challenge of religious diversity in today's multifaith world
- broaden their religious knowledge
Sample Online Courses
- Introduction to Islamic Law
- Islamic History
- Understanding Islam: Rumor and Reality
- Life of the Prophet Muhammad
- Religious Minorities in the Middle East
- Understanding Catholicism
- Popular Religion and American Individualism
- Women, Religion & the Future of USA Churches
- Reading the New Testament Through the Eyes of the Oppressed
(Course offerings are subject to change; consult our current courses for availability.)
If you would like an application or more
information, please contact us at
info@ hartsem.edu or fill out a printable form for mailing.
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