Graduate Certificate



Application and Admission

Recognizing that flexibility is key to today’s student, Hartford Seminary offers an alternative in graduate learning: the 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Interreligious Studies. This program provides opportunities for study without committing to a full degree program and serves as a great way to “test the waters.” Enrolled students work with their academic advisor to select four courses that meet their educational objectives. Students will be expected to articulate how the courses they select meet their stated goals.

The Graduate Certificate program may be completed entirely online.

A Bachelor’s degree (or its educational equivalent) at a satisfactory level of achievement from an accredited institution is a prerequisite for admission.

Coursework that was taken for credit as a Special Student at Hartford Seminary prior to admission may be applied toward the credits required for the Graduate Certificate; however, at least 6 credits must be taken after official notification of admission to the Graduate Certificate program.

No transfer credit from other institutions or Advanced Standing credit will be allowed to count toward the certificate.

Admission to the Graduate Certificate does not constitute or guarantee admission to the Master of Arts degree programs. Admission is granted only on the basis of the terms stated in the Catalogue and in the admission letter.

Students wishing to be admitted prior to the start of a given semester must make sure their files are complete by the following deadlines:

  • July 15 for the Fall Semester
  • December 1 for the Spring Semester

An applicant’s file is complete when the following items have been received by the Admissions Office:

1.)The application form and application fee of $50.

2.) A Statement of Purpose of three to four paragraphs (not to exceed one page double spaced) indicating the applicant’s educational objectives in pursuing the graduate certificate (uploaded to the online application).

3.) Complete official transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate institutions.

4.) One letter of recommendation from a professor or instructor who can speak to the applicant’s academic abilities and potential for graduate level study is preferred, or a letter from a professional colleague.

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