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Interreligious Studies Certificate

Certificate in Interreligious Studies

A 10-Month Online Program for Professional Development

The Certificate in Interreligious Studies is the first fully online program offered by the GTU. Building on the GTU’s long-established leadership in interreligious scholarship, this program is tailored to meet the needs of today’s working professionals across a variety of sectors in the business and nonprofit arenas. Leaders in these fields recognize that today’s increasingly diverse workplace environment—and the global culture at large—requires new approaches to cultivating sensitivity and inclusive practices as well as forward-thinking strategies that effectively incorporate multiple perspectives.

The 10-month program is comprised of five 7-week long courses for 1.5 credits each (7.5 credits total), all administered asynchronously and fully online. Each course is taken one-by-one and the full program completed in only 10 months. Specific courses will include emphases on Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity, as well as options for pursuing multi-religious dimensions of the arts and the natural sciences.

Application Requirements for Interreligious Studies Certificate

  • Must hold an accredited bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
  • All applicants must submit official transcripts from all institutions in which a degree was earned to the Admissions office.
  • International students who have not earned a degree from an English-speaking institution are required to submit official TOEFL scores with an expected minimum score of 79 (internet based). 

Due to state authorization regulations for Online Programs in the state of California, The Online Interreligious Studies Certificate is only available for residents of the following states:

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • Ohio
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Washington
  • West Virginia

In the future, we aim to provide this certificate program to more states. 

Projected Course Schedule for Interreligious Studies Certificate (2021-2022)

Fall Semester 2021               
Weeks 1-7: Judaism
Weeks 9-15: Islam

Spring Semester 2022
Weeks 1-7: Religion and the Arts or Religion and the Natural Sciences
Weeks 9-15: Hinduism

Summer 2022

Program Cost: Per Credit: $500 | Total: $3750
We are offering a special discount for a limited time on the program cost for the 2021-2022 academic year. Get in touch to receive a discount on your first course. 


For more information on the Online Interreligious Studies Program, contact Dr. Diandra Erickson, program director, at

For infomation about applying to the GTU, contact

Final deadline for Fall certificate students is July 15, 2021

View a brief interactive presentation about online learning at the GTU