The graduate program trains scholars for careers in the research and teaching of religious studies.
Most of our graduates teach in colleges, universities, or seminaries, but MA and PhD recipients enjoy other employment options as well, including working for religious and educational foundations, nonprofit organizations, archives, museums, journalism, government agencies, and research institutions. The department is committed to helping our students secure challenging and rewarding positions.
The primary source for job announcements in religion is Job Postings (formerly Openings), an online publication of the American Academy of Religion. Students should also join other professional organizations and Internet forums in their subfields, which regularly announce dissertation and teaching fellowships, post-doctoral fellowships, and job openings. Dossiers may be submitted to Pitt’s Career Services, which will send them to prospective employers upon request.
Our recent PhD recipients have been hired at the University of Kansas, University of Southern Mississippi, Dickinson College, Ball State University, University of Tennessee, Wooster College, University of Belgrade, West Virginia University, Olaf College, Marshall University, Flagler College, and elsewhere. Other graduates teach at seminaries or work in academic administration, at the Pew Foundation, and at NGOs. Eighty-seven percent of our graduates are employed in positions that utilize the PhD in religion.