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Advanced Certificate in Religious Studies
Program Description

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Students pursing an Advanced Certificate in Religious Studies, as part of their MA studies in participating departments and units, engage in the study of religious phenomena from a historical point of view and from a variety of interdisciplinary approaches and cross-disciplinary perspectives. As CEU is located in a region that has been the crossroads of major religious, cultural, and political histories and lineages, this specialist field provides a unique experience and access to sources in three areas: in-depth engagement with religious thought and traditions, focusing especially, but not exclusively, on the three monotheistic religions, in a historically and conceptually grounded way, comparative study of their social, societal, institutional, cultural, intellectual, and political contexts and implications.

Students fulfilling the requirements will receive an Advanced Certificate in Relgious Studies.


In order to receive a CEU Advanced Certificate in Religious Studies  together with the degree proper, the following requirements need to be fulfilled:

  1.  Admission to a participating CEU Department or the CEU School of Public Policy (SPP).
  2. * 1YMA students must take two mandatory Religious Studies courses (4 credits) and obtain 6 further elective Religous Studies credits (from the approved annual list of Religious Studies courses). 
        2YMA students must take three mandatory Religious Studies courses (6 credits) over the two years of their studies and obtain 10 further elective Religious Studies credits over the course of both years (from the approved annual list of Religious Studies  courses). 
  3. SRS students must write their thesis on a religion related topic.  The student’s first or the second supervisor should be a faculty member from the Specialization. SPP students must complete a religion-related Passion Project and/or thesis.
  4. Participation in the Annual ACRS Student’s Thesis Writing Workshop. 
  5. Participation in lectures, special seminars, and workshops organized by the Center for Religious Studies is mandatory. Attendance and participation will considered part of a student’s overall performance.

* While these requirements apply to students from the Departments of History and Medieval Studies, other Department Specific requirements may apply to your field of study. Please see below the list of participating units and contact the Center for Religious Studies Coordinator ( to confirm the requirements for your department. 



To find out more, please contact the Center for Religious Studies at


To receive an Advanced Certificate in Religious Studies at the doctorial level, students must:

1.  Meet all departmental requirements of their degree track

2.  Defend successfully a doctoral thesis on a religion-related topic

3.  Be supervised (first or second supervisor) by a CRS faculty affiliate

4.  Attend satisfactorily one PhD-level Religious Studies seminar (2 credits)
     [Scholarship recipients must attend in Year 1]

5.  Submit for review and presentation of a Religion-related chapter of their thesis [Year 3]

6.  Hold a Teaching Assistant Position for one Religion-related CEU course during their PhD studies

7.  Participate in events organized by the Center for Religious Studies

While students are encouraged to join the ACRS program in their first year of a CEU PhD program, it is also possible to join in the second year of a PhD program, provided that the student is able to fulfill the obligations of the track specified above.


Program level
Advanced Certificate
Degree awarded
non-degree certificate
Program accreditation/registration
Program approved and registered by the New York State Education Department
Country of accreditation
United States
Standard Program duration
1 year (10 months)