Admission and Program Requirements

Admission and Program Requirements

Appreciating religious diversity

This certificate is designed to meet the needs of individuals who wish to increase both their knowledge and appreciation of the religious diversity they encounter. Prerequisites will be waived for the certificate.

Admission criteria

A student must be admitted to the Graduate College and have all course work approved by the director.  A student must also have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the U.S., or equivalent training in a foreign university, and have a minimum GPA of 3.00.

Completion requirements

Students must have an overall grade point average of 3.00 for completion of the certificate program.

Exit criteria

Students must participate in an exit interview.

Required courses (12 hours total)

Students must complete four three-hour courses at the 600-level in the department of Religious Studies*.  The four courses must represent three different areas of specialization within the department.  The areas of specialization are:

  1. Topics in Religions of Asia (REL 645)
  2. Topics in Religions of Europe and the Middle East (REL 655)
  3. Biblical Studies (REL 615REL 675, REL 676)
  4. Religion and Culture (REL 635, REL 636)

*REL 685 counts toward the certificate, but it does not count toward meeting an area of specialization requirement.