Engage & Apply

Religion and Public Life (RPL) provides a framework for students and professionals in a wide variety of fields, as well as the public, to deepen understanding of religion’s influence on public affairs and to develop skills to address the most complex issues of our time. RPL’s academic offerings include graduate training including the Master of Religion and Public Life (MRPL) and Certificate in Religion and Public Life, as well as courses, experiential education, and training for students across Harvard. The program also offers continuing and executive education and a rich menu of online learning opportunities including the newly launched Religion and Society Graduate Certificate at Harvard Extension School. We welcome you to explore the opportunities below and look forward to your participation in our community of committed scholars, students, professionals and members of the public.

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Master of Religion and Public Life

A one-year graduate program designed for experienced professionals.

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Certificate in Religion and Society

Jointly sponsored by the Program on Religion and Public Life at the Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Extension School

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Summer Institute for Educators

A summer program for educators teaching at the middle school, high school, and community college levels in any discipline.

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Professional and Lifelong Learning

Short seminars exploring some of the world’s biggest questions with leading HDS scholars and professors of religion.

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HarvardX Courses

Free online courses taught by RPL faculty for a global audience.

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RPL programs offer opportunities for current students to engage in practical work on religion and public life across multiple professional fields. Find out what is available and how to apply.