Advanced Certificate in Religious Studies

Internationally Recognised Advanced Certificate in Religious Studies

As of AY 2014/15, CEU's Advanced Certificate in Religious Studies is registered with the New York State Education Department (NYSED). MA students successfully completing the program will be awarded a formal NYSED certificate.



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 Unit (see the full list here).

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 two mandatory Religious Studies courses (4 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. ACRS students must write their thesis on a religion-related topic.  The student’s first or the second supervisor should be a faculty member associated with Relgious Studies. Students must complete a religion-related applied policy project and/or thesis.

4. Participation in the Annual ACRS Student’s Thesis Writing Workshop. 

5. MA1Y students must pass the mandatory RELI 5004 - Lecture Series: Center for Religious Studies, a zero-credit course running over fall and spring terms. A pass is constituted of attendance to five or more CRS  lectures, special seminars, or workshops organized by the Center for Religious Studies throughout the academic year. 

MA2Y students must pass two years of the annual mandatory RELI 5004 - Lecture Series: Center for Religious Studies.

*While these requirements apply to students from most partner departments, department specific requirements may apply in 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 view the Religious Studies' current course listings, please go visit our course pages for Fall and Winter term.



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


Faculty in Charge

Jean-Louis Fabiani
Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology
Head, Advanced Certificate in Religious Studies
Director, Center for Religious Studies
Central European University



Administratively, this program is coordinated by the Center for Religious Studies.

Prospective students can express their interest in this program by writing to the Center for Religious Studies Coordinator, Esther Holbrook at


Associated Faculty 

The ACRS began as a cooperation between the Departments of History and Medieval Studies. The ACRS has since expanded to include students from ten CEU partner departments as well as offering courses from additional units, such as Legal Studies and Jewish Studies. 

To see a current list of participating faculty, please go to our Participating Departments, Programs and Faculty page. 


How to Start the Application Procedure

Students interested in pursuing Religious Studies at CEU have a choice of applying for a One-Year Masters Program, Two-Year Masters Program, or PhD in one of the following participating degree-giving departments.

Applications for the upcoming year are accepted through an on-line system until the end of January. 

For information on applying to CEU as an MA or PhD Student, visiting the CEU Admissions webpage.



Application Deadlines

For the upcoming application deadlines, please click here.

Questions and inquiries

For more information on this academic program, please contact the Center for Religious Studies at